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Pondoro Game Lodge
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

You can't fault the location! Right by the Olifants river. The room was awesome and we voted it "best view from the shower". Food was generally good: deserts/cakes rather stodgy;l but decent! Shaun the ranger was the best member of staff there along with Sibongile the waitress! Some of the other members of staff were rather abrupt: but hey you cant have everything

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2009

Absolutely lovely place, we felt so welcomed and cared for like never before. Unfortunately we could stay there only 2 days, but thanks to our ranger and guide we've seen so many kinds of animals including two male lions and mother lion with adorable cubs only 2 weeks old! We also learned lot of interesting facts about how the animals live... And when we came back from the ride we were offered delicious meal.
Our whole stay was dreamy and we'd love to come back soon ... if only it was not so far.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2009

I would just like to endorse all the comments made previously about Pondoro. This place is superb on every level and so are the staff who all contribute to make this such a memorable experience. I have stayed in three different private lodges in Sabi Sand and here and whilst all of them are excellent, this is the best!
PS. I have attached some photos from the game drives with Shaun/Samson/Eric

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2009

Truly great experience, from start to finish. Our ranger Shaun ,guide Samson ,hostess Rosanne were wonderfull.The highlight of our S. A. holiday. Our last night there was truly so special, it needs a review in its self .We were the only guests there but that only added to the unique time we had. The staff and location made the whole experience so memorable.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

What an impressive place. The lodge is nestled by a river with an extemely peacful feel. Great food and service and extraordinary game viewing. One of the best.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

We picked Pondoro based on a recommendation and we were not sorry. The lodge is in a beautiful location - very appropriate for its location but you might not expect to find such comfort and "luxury" in the midst of the African bush. Service was excellent--we felt spoiled, they looked after our every need. Meals were plentiful and scrumptious. Gourmet meals. The price was right. They have a spa and exercise room which were unexpected pleasant surprises. The rooms are very tastefully decorated and spotless. The outside bathtub was such a treat! The views are wonderful, the atmosphere very serene. Staff all pleasant and the owner and manager ensure all goes well. The rangers/trackers that take you on safari are pleasant and knowledgeable and you feel very safe while having a great experience.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2009

The best value for your money ever, in any other lodge with similar quality you would at least pay double.
I stayed at Pondoro for one week and enjoyed each minute.My suite " Earth "was breath taking, realy huge,wonderfuly furnished, totaly private,floor to cieling windows giving view to a large terrasse overlooking the river. Fantastic outdoor shower though the indoor bathroom was spetacular.
Food, wine, setting and service were outstanding. The dining aerea, a large terrasse under big shady trees, overlooking the river,where you might see the hippos, gives you the most romantic place for your meals. But there is more :
one night my table was set directly at the river bank, candles the only illumination...unforgetable !!! Another night I had the pleasure to enjoy my dinner in the wine cellar, big wooden doors opened to the outside, very,very special !! So I can only recomment to stay a little longer to experience what Pondoro has to offer. Besides there is a lovly spa, a fittness center, a little curio shop and a beautiful big pool/aerea.
The game drives were fantastic, I saw everything I had hoped for, even a lioness with her cubs, three weeks old.
They realy do off road here and you will hardly ever meet another car.
I´m a well experienced traveler in five star lodges and Pondoro is outstanding in each and every aspect.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled solo
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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 Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: $757 - $1,205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
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