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Pondoro Game Lodge

5.0 of 5 Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Pondoro lodge is a perfect holiday destination. All of the staff were wonderful. The hosts welcoming, the safari drives were exciting and the rangers extremely experienced at tracking animals. We saw lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants, white rhino and the list goes on. But some of my favourite animals were the unexpected sightings such as the dwarf mongoose, spiny anteater, civet... More 

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Mary and Coral, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to provide you with an unforgettable holiday. Looks like the guides really found you all the animals that you came to see and even more. Wow, an aardvark is really special and I am glad to see that you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My mum and I stayed at Pondoro for 2 nights and we should have stayed at least a week! The lodge is amazing, the food must be one of the best in all of South Africa and the hosts Lize and Robbie were welcoming and wonderful. Robbie went out of his way to look for animals, he is so knowledgable... More 

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Conny and Regine, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very happy to see that you really enjoyed your stay with us. It has been a pleasure to take you out on the safari drives and we are eagerly awaiting your return. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Pondoro lodge was exceptional in it's hospitality, accommodation, atmosphere & comfort. A real highlight of our holiday. All the staff were fantastic and the safari trips were unforgettable. If you want a comfortable, safe, luxury safari then look no further then Pondoro!! Hope to get back one day.

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Rascal M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you found Pondoro to be highlight of your holiday and that you enjoyed the hospitality, accommodation, atmosphere and comfort. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Hazyview, Mpumalanga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Stayed here with my English friend William Gibbs for 2 nights. What a place! we saw all the big 5 except for the Leoppard. The service is high class. Good food and very friendly staff. Will definitely come back for more.

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Rissington, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is as always great to read when someone has really enjoyed their stay with us. Glad that you enjoyed everything from the safari drives to the food and device. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Waterloo, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We spent two days and nights at Pondoro and truely enjoyed it. Pondoro is set on the banks of the Olifants River in Balule Private Game Reserve, inside the greater Kruger National Park. The safari's were fun but bumpy as there was a lot of off road driving. We saw all of the major animals except for the leopard which... More 

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Slothspotter, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. As you noticed earlier we accommodate all dietary requirements and I am glad that we could also accommodate you. Our aim is to provide guests with not only good and tasteful food, but also to make it part... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Stayed three nights and the whole stay was fantastic. Started on day one with a great drive and ended with a wonderful dinner. Continued this way the whole stay. Robbie was our driver and we saw so many animals and events it was hard to record them all. The staff was beyond fantastic, the food was top notch. The property... More 

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear tlsgreen, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to drive you around. Glad that you enjoyed the food, service and rooms! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I am still dumbfounded that luxury like this exists in the bush. I can't recommend this place enough it is without doubt the best place I have ever stayed at anywhere. Game drives out of this world mind your head and body as this is real off roading. We seen all the big five and more including black rhino cheetah... More 

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear oldginter, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for the compliments and for the accolade of being the best place that you have stayed in anywhere. Looks like you have nearly seen it all with Big 5 and cheetah as well as black rhino, and even white rhino on foot. Greetings from... More 

Sao Paulo, SP
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I spent 3 nights at Pondoro and can say it was an outstanding experience! My wife and I were on our honey moon trip and can say that they really now how to host a couple, with an excellent service and hospitality (Lize is great!). Food is at the high-end level of luxury hotels. The suites (we stayed in Tree)... More 

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Raul T, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you also for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon and it looks like we managed to live up to your expectations. We try and provide great service with excellent food and exciting safari drives in an unforgettable setting. Greetings from the bush, Robbie... More 

Douglas, MA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Myself, my husband and our two teenage daughter, 17 and 18, and our friend all stayed at Pondoro for 4 days. Upon arrival we were met by Lize, one of the owners. Soon after Robbie, the other owner, tracked us down to introduce himself, Our room was called Buffalo and our girls room was Rock. Honestly, the prettiest rooms we've... More 

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear 429CAD, Thank you very much in taking the time to write a review. I am happy to see that we helped to make this your best trip ever! Glad you enjoyed the rooms, service, food and safaris. Yes, the big elephant bull that often visits our camp creates a lot of excitement and helps to keep us on our... More 

Duluth, Georgia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

In July 2014 My wife, mother and 2 kids (14 and 12) spent 4 nights at Pondoro in Balule Game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. I spent 2 years researching Game lodges and finally decided on Pondoro based on a number of factors including location, price, Trip advisor reviews and their ability to accommodate gluten free for my daughter... More 

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear John F, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and going the extra mile in making Pondoro your first. It has been a pleasure to host you and your family and glad that we assist in providing your daughter with a gluten free diet. I passed your review onto Lize who was elated with... More 

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Address: Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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