My husband and I are seasoned world travelers, but this was our first trip to Africa. We stayed at two game lodges, Pondoro and another one. The second one was very nice, but it was no comparison to Pondoro. The difference was in the details, and also in the warmth of every single person involved in the operation. We felt happy and pampered the whole time we were there. The setting, right on the river where hippos live, is wonderful. You may see monkeys playing in the trees as you eat breakfast on the deck. And, oh yes! We saw plenty of amazing animals on the game drives too, which was a huge thrill, much more than I expected, actually. If you are considering a trip to a game lodge, don't hesitate. Just go to Pondoro. You won't regret it.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
- Pondoro Game Lodge South Africa/Balule Nature Reserve