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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at Pondoro from 4-10 July 2016. We travel a lot and it is rare that we stay in a place we could not fault. Starting with meeting the owner at Hoedspruit airport right through to be dropped off at the airport, everything was perfect and seamless. Before we booked, I did a lot of research. We wanted to... More 

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

Dear Philip C, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is wonderful to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the service excellent, with the game drives far exceeding your expectations. I will pass your appreciation on to Sam and Ramson who will be delighted. Greetings from the... More 

London
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My first safari - a dream come true. Saw the "Big 5" and so much more. A cheetah on our last day. Our tracker Eric was amazing and also our ranger Julius. We had elephants wandering beneath our very rustic balcony, vervet monkeys and baboons. It so exceeded my expectations. One guest said he had been on 9 safaris and... More 

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

Dear CavendishLondon, That you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed some wonderful animal encounters. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything they say about Pondoro is true! It's a wonderful lodge and your really get up close to the animals and birds. I was so impressed by our ranger Rul and tracker Andreiss. The staff are really welcoming and attentive without being at all intrusive. I think this really was the best holiday I have ever had.

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

Dear Lokiloo, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Fantastic to see that it is the best holiday you ever had. I will relay your appreciation through to Rul and Andries. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From start to finish Pondoro was spectacular! All the staff were a delight! I cannot even imagine that a better place would exist. The food was hands down some of the best food that I have ever eaten. The lodge overlooks a river filled with wildlife to view while eating, siping tea or lounging around. The safari's delivered. Sam and... More 

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

Dear Sara E, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed the view, staff, food and wildlife. I will relay your appreciation through to Sam, Ramson and Ané. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing little lodge owned and managed by delightful people. Their involvement in the day to day running of the lodge from game drives to cuisine, is apparent, and remarkable. The food is to die for, combined with a stellar wine cellar, you'd be hardpressed to find better in a city, let alone the bush. The uniquely decorated rooms with headboards... More 

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

Dear Trophy86, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an honor to host you and we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for noticing all the smaller touches and we hope to welcome you soon back to Pondoro again. Greetings from the bush, Robbie... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They take care of every detail, literally. Aesthetically and your accommodations. Great people, food, tour and etc. The staff and owners learn you, and you them as well as the guests, since you see them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for the game tour. There is a pool area and massage therapist, small gym, and foot tour to the water... More 

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

Dear bhoefener1, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to read how much you enjoyed your stay and thanks for noticing all the small touches. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pondoro was an incredible safari lodge and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. It is a smaller game lodge that can accommodate up to 14 guests total, meaning that no detail is spared and the staff really focuses on making your stay incredible. The accommodations were spectacular, with high vaulted ceilings, stylish decorating, indoor and outdoor showers,... More 

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

Dear Kimberly D, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that we could provide you with an adventure of a lifetime and that you enjoyed your stay, the cuisine and service. I will inform Sam of your appreciation. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 3 days at Pondoro Game Lodge. This was a family holiday never to be forgotten. Our ranger, Rul and tracker, Andries went out of their way to show us everything possible, lots of "bundu bashing" which was great, we loved going off the beaten track. We also really enjoyed our Bush Walk. The staff were great, the food... More 

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

Dear Sandy W, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see that you enjoyed your stay with us. Will relay your appreciation through to Rul and Andries. Hope to welcome you back soon again. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Greenville, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Pondoro was the highlight of our 2 weeks in Africa. The lodge exceeded every expectation that we had. Eric and Julius were an unbelievable tracker/guide team. They put us in the middle of all of the action. The staff was great, and the food was spectacular. The rooms were absolutely gorgeous. I cannot express enough what a wonderful place this... More 

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

Dear wesleyhardy, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is good as always to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will inform Eric and Julius of your recommendations and they will be elated. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

we vacationed with our daughter and son in law.THE location was great on the bank of the river and the staff could not do enough to make you stay comfortable and memorable. Each meal was a delight and set on different locations, wine cellar, river bank or the open deck. I would love to go back every year. Our family... More 

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

Dear padmapatel, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is great to see that you really enjoyed your stay with us and that you rate a safari to Pondoro very favorably compared to other great safari destinations. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family 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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  • Minibar
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  • Free Breakfast
  • 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: $543 - $878 (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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