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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Only better! We stayed in the Earth lodge and were welcomed by a family of Elephants grazing (crashing through) our back garden. All the staff were exceptional: fun, helpful and ever present but never intrusive. The accommodation was stunning. The lodge itself afforded total privacy enabling many first experiences; like showering outside whilst watching a troop of Baboons walk by,... More 

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

Dear nickoak, Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and wonderful review. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and gives new energy to everyone when reading reviews like this. Hope to welcome you soon back again at Pondoro. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

New York, New York, United States
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not a single negative to our stay here. Rooms immaculate, service friendly and accommodating and amazing animals with expert guides. For the price, this place is an absolutely steal. We're now afraid to book anywhere else for fear of being let down!

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

Dear Michael B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to read your review and to see that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place exceeded all of our expectations! My husband and I stayed in one of the suites and saw a family of elephants pass through our back porch as well as monkeys come by. The staff is absolutely the friendliest and most accommodating group of people that made our stay outstanding. In addition, the food was delicious and very well... More 

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

Dear bmcoad, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am delighted to see that we managed to exceed your expectations. I will pass your appreciation through to Rul and Andries who will both be delighted. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been for 3 days in this wonderful lodge, too short! Nature, silence, and of course the animals were fanatastic. But the people working there are very special! Very patient, always one step ahead in taking care of you, even in the slightest details. The food is very good, not too much, and also healthy. One night we had... More 

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

Dear Jolet D, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and noticed all the small touches. I hope to welcome you back soon. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The accommodations were top-notch including high speed internet even in the rooms. The food was excellent and plentiful served by staff that were warm and pleasant and efficient. The staff, Anais, Lillian and too many to name along with our tracker and ranger, Andres and Rul, were terrific. We visualized the Big Five almost immediately along with so many other... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us especially the rooms, service and safari drives. Glad we could provide a positive tick to your bucket list! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Lansing, MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our last 3 days of our honeymoon was spent at Pondoro Game Lodge and it was the best recommendation we could have had! The lodge definitely knows how to pamper couples and create that romantic honeymoon feel! We booked Pondoro when booking our safari with Wild Wings Safari, so we did a combo 2 nights public in Kruger and 2... More 

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

Dear BPed, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon vacation. We are glad that we could all contribute into making this an unforgettable experience. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Anything I write will not capture the amazing experience we had at Pondoro! My husband and I booked a three day stay at Pondoro as part of our honeymoon. We arranged transfer to and from the Hoedspruit airport. When we landed, we were greeted by Robbie, the lodge owner, and a bottle of champagne. After about an hour drive to... More 

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

Dear twinkie686, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We feel honored that you chose Pondoro as part of your honeymoon and are happy to read that you had a fabulous time. We are looking forward to your return. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Orlando, Florida
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120 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We had the best time at this resort . The game drives with Julius and Eric were solid. We saw the big 6 in 3 days . They knew so much about the animals and the bush. It was obvious that they care about their country and wildlife . The suites and private chalets were amazing . They were decorated... More 

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

Dear laj2e7, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I will relay your appreciation to Julius and Eric. They will both be delighted. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing visit have seen lions on 3 safaris a Leopard eating a catch on two safaris all the big 5 animals; buffalo. Lions. Elephant's. Rhyno and Leopard. From the lodge grounds we saw a vast array of Animals, giraffes kudu bush buck hippos crocs warthog elephant's and other assorted small game. Staff and management were excellent we... More 

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

Dear 946jenny, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Look like you had some wonderful sightings and were spoiled by our attentive staff! We are looking forward to your return. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Los Angeles, California
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Would rate this as very good because of rangers, trackers and owners and lovely locale on the river. A little too boutiquey in design and form over function. While lovely it all felt a bit claustrophobic. Food is good but limited choices. Animals seemed sparse. My kids didn't like it much. Probably would not return. Lots of other choices.

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

Dear Pollll, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We hope for every guest that stays with us to fall in love with Pondoro, as all of us have who work here. The reality is that is not possible, but this will not stop us to keep on striving for perfection. Greetings from the bush,... More 

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Room Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Set on the cool riverine banks of the Olifants River (largest in Kruger) in the 40 000 ha Big 5 Balule Private Game Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create a truly unforgettable African safari.In this small, very exclusive 16-bed lodge ( owner managed ) you will discover the only way to experience the African bush. In addition to luxurious accommodation and the caring attention from trained professionals, our visitors are lavished upon with international fare and humble African hospitality.Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where Traditional African Cuisine fuse effortlessly with modern European trends.To compliment the food, select any of our fine wines from our extensive wine cellar. Vegetarians are specially catered for. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River (weather permitting).Between game drives in open safari cruisers, nature walks and peaceful afternoon naps, enjoy a dip in the sparkling rock pool, a spot of sun bathing or browse through the library. The Pondoro bar is the ideal spot to quench your thirst and grab a snack. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pondoro Game Lodge

Address: Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $603 - $985 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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Also Known As:
Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
Pondoro Game Lodge South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve
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