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    Pondoro Game Lodge

    Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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          Overview
          • Excellent95%
          • Very good3%
          • Average1%
          • Poor1%
          • Terrible0%
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          “water suite” (16 reviews)
          “our honeymoon” (52 reviews)
          “the river” (113 reviews)
          Free Wifi
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          Breakfast included
          Pool
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          5.0 Star Hotel
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          Reviewed 5 days ago

          We visited Pondoro as the second leg of our honeymoon, after relaxing for a week prior – we were ready for some excitement and we definitely got it! Our safari started on our trip from the airport when our driver had to navigate around a...More

          Thank jdlevy2017
          Response from Robbie_Prehn, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 2 days ago

          Dear jdlevy2017, Thank you for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon vacation. Great to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will inform Raymond, Marius and Amerika about your accolades. They will be thrilled. Hope to welcome you back soon again....More

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          Reviewed 1 week ago

          A group of 6 of us stayed at Pondoro a couple weeks ago (end of May 2017). With such an unbelievable trip and experience at Pondoro, I'm not sure how to keep this review short. SAFARIS/GAME DRIVES: We went on early morning drives and a...More

          Thank ehowardhunt
          Response from Robbie_Prehn, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 1 week ago

          Dear Crazy Group of 6 from Texas, Wow what a fabulous review! It is so inspirational to see that you had a great time with us. I will inform all the staff of your accolades, specifically Sam and Eric who will both be thrilled. Greetings...More

          Reviewed 1 week ago

          The bedroom is very comfortable, the staff were very attencious, the game drivers were fantastics and the food were very good too. And the staff solved our problem, since we decided live one day before and our shuttle could not take us, the pondoro took...More

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          Response from Robbie_Prehn, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 1 week ago

          Dear Alinemmo, Thank you for choosing Pondoro as your safari destination and I am glad to read that you had a wonderful time. Glad that we could assist in your travel arrangements. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

          Reviewed 3 weeks ago

          Our only-too-brief stay at the Pondoro Lodge was one that will remain with us as a positive and unforgettable memory of our "trip of a lifetime." The unlimited energy to guest needs, attention to detail in all aspects of the Pondoro operation along with the...More

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          Response from Robbie_Prehn, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 1 week ago

          Dear Harvey, Anna and Sally, It was a pleasure to host you at Pondoro and I am elated to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It is nice to read how much Julius and Ramson contributed to enhance your experience and I...More

          Reviewed 4 weeks ago

          We recently stayed at Pondoro for 3 nights. It exceeded every expectation we had. From the pick up at the airport by Raymond we knew we had made a wise choice. We stayed in the tree suite which was beautiful and clean. Not even a...More

          2  Thank Julie C
          Response from Robbie_Prehn, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 1 week ago

          Dear Julie C, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and staying with us at Pondoro during your safari holiday. We try our best to exceed guest expectations and to add little extras to enhance the experience. Thank you for noticing. Greetings...More

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          • Pool
          • Free Parking
          • Restaurant
          • Bar/Lounge
          • Spa
          • Breakfast included
          • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
          • Room Service
          • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
          • Hotel Amenities
          • Free Parking
          • Shuttle Bus Service
          • Airport Transportation
          • Breakfast included
          • Laundry Service
          • Multilingual Staff
          • Room Service
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          • Minibar
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          • Pool
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          • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
          Details
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          • US$ 693 - US$ 1,106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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          • Suites ,
          • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
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          • Number of rooms
          • 8
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          • Location
          • South Africa >
          • Kruger National Park >
          • Balule Nature Reserve
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          • Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve ,
          • Pondoro Game Lodge South Africa/Kruger National Park
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          Traveller (819)
          Room & Suite (139)
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          Bathroom (33)
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          GolingGal949
          Hi, this place sounds great. I would appreciate any advice on the best time of year, how many nights we should stay, travel tips (as in how do we get there!) and any other ideas about pre or post safari. This is a bucket list item for us and we want to do it right! Thanks so much!
          21 June 2017|
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          Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
          Hi there, there is no real best time as it all depends on your preferences. Winter is very moderate with less leaves on the trees and summers are hot, but with the bonus of more birds and some baby animals. It is a summer... More
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          Savanna I
          Has anyone been in January/February and can tell me about the bugs? Will regular bugspray be enough or should we wear long sleeves and pants even though it is very hot?
          11 January 2017|
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          Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
          Dear Savanna I, Only bugs a day or 2 after after good rains. It is not a problem during safari drives, but can be irritating during dinner. In the day it is fine. Long sleeves and pants are not really necessary. You may... More
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          alladesertrose
          Would you please tell me which unit has indoor shower ? which one can have two twin beds? Which one has outdoor jakuzi? What weather is at the beginning of September? We are planning to stay for 4 nights Aug31 to Sept 4. Thank you.
          3 December 2016|
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          Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
          All the suites have indoor and outdoor showers. Hardekool and Wildevy chalets have indoor showers. All our rooms can be changed to twins. All the suites have a Jacuzzi. Early morning can still be chilly. Wear jackets or... More
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          "Tree suite for view of hippos!"
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          "All the suites we saw were great, but the big specialty suites have larger decks with integrated hot tubs..."
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          "As for room away from the main building."
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          "Our bungelow was wonderful. Great views everywhere."
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