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Lausanne, Switzerland
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We visited Pondoro to celebrate my wife birthday. We have visited quite a few lodges in Southern Africa but this was the best one ever. The staff is very friendly, caring and attentive. The food is very good and varied. The safari experience is absolute top class. We will visit again for sure this is a no brainer location to...

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Stockport, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only one word describes Pondoro, 'fantastic'. There aren't enough superlatives to describe the lodge, the fabulous owners, Lizie & Robbie, the attentive, polite and professional staff and of course the excellent and amazing rangers and trackers. These guys know everything about the reserve, the behaviour of the animals and really get you up close with these unbelievable beasts, in their...

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Charlotte, NC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a little apprehensive before the safari part of our trip, as we don't make it a habit to travel to see wildlife specifically. We wondered if we'd feel trapped in some super rustic camp full of bugs & monkeys, getting out only for game drives. Fear not, we were at the Pondoro! Everyone there was unfailingly helpful and...

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Townsville, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everthing relating to this lodge exceeded our expectations. The rooms were very comfortable and gave one a wonderful feel of Africa. Michelle and all staff could not be faulted, food was excellent and to top it all off the number of animals we saw was far more than expected in our all too short three night stay.

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you were allowed to award hotels 6*s once in your life, Pondoro would get the 6 stars. From the moment we arrived we had the best of times and got to know all the staff very well who were sensational. It felt like staying in Robbie and Lize's home rather than a hotel. While each game drive is different...

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Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a wonderfull week in Pondoro and had a chance to see all of the big five, some of them even from the living room of our nice lodge. The staff was very welcoming and we were able to make the program with both adventure and relaxation.

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Absolutely amazing location and lodge. Both Michelle and Raymond were incredible front of house hosts. The owners are wonderful as well. The cooks, drivers and other hotel staff could not have been more friendly and professional. 5 stars Pondoro!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Our stay was truly 5 star ! Impeccable staff, ranger and tracker .. all very professional and friendly. Accommodations beyond expectations. Highly recommend. Saw big five twice in three days. The lodge setting and location wonderful.

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

Dear curtispat, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great inspiration when guests enjoy their stay with us. It motivates everyone. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

This is a great romantic lodge near the waterside where there's always something going on. The whole crew are very sensitive to social and ecological responsibility. The staff is extremely caring and thoughtful. Our tracker and ranger helped us find the Big 5 + cheetah. We saw black and white rhino. We also went to visit the Black Mambas, a...

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Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am delighted to see that you had an unforgettable experience at Pondoro with great game viewing as well as an informative visit to our hard working Black mamba anti-poaching team. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Reviewed 23 February 2017

We stayed 3 nights and 2 days at Pondoro lodge and it was just amazing. Friendly staff, great safari and deliciouis food made this stay special. Our game drive guides Sam and Africa went the extra mile for us to get a unforgettable safari experience. Keep up the good work

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Dear Angelika16, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your safari at Pondoro. I will inform the staff, especially Sam and America, of your appreciation. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 42,338 - ₹ 68,888 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
Pondoro Game Lodge South Africa/Kruger National Park
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“All the suites we saw were great, but the big specialty suites have larger decks with integrated hot tubs overlooking the river”
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RM_LiveAloha, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“As for room away from the main building.”
goldenbrown123, 22 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Our bungelow was wonderful. Great views everywhere.”
bhamiltonwright, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms we saw were great although some had better views of the river.”
riklem, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Water Suite was beautiful and private”
TheClevelander, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
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