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Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 28 September 2014

Because it is a little paradise, and Lize and Robbie thank you for sharing it with us. All the staff is so friendly and helpful. The setting at the bank of Olifant river is so beautiful, and the rooms, both the charlets and suites, are amazing. Dinner at the deck or at the riverbed, in the glow of the fire,...

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

Dear Bente M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an absolute pleasure to share our hotel and all its wild and wonderful animals with you. Thank you for all the numerous visits, polite conversations and friendship. Greetings from the bush, Robbie, Lize and Pondoro family

Reviewed 25 September 2014 via mobile

What a splendid spot and a fantastic setting. My wife and I had the pleasure of enjoying Pondoro and all it's wonders. The staff was wonderful and really felt like family by the time we left. My wife even teared up as we were pulling away after a glorious 5 day adventure with Robbie, Lize and team. The game drives...

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

Dear TripAdvisor Member, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am happy to see that you really enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for noticing the passion with which Sam and I do our jobs. We are very lucky indeed to work in such a magical place. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and...

Swansea, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 September 2014

My wife, daughter and I had a fantastic experience spending 5 days at Pondoro and wish we could have stayed for another 25! The staff and accomodation were amazing and second to none. Robbie & Lize were wonderful hosts, Eric (our guide) and Sam (our tracker) were great on our daily rides (very knowledgable and willing to go anywhere in...

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

Dear Paul R, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to host you during your 5 days at Pondoro. I am very glad to read that you enjoyed everything from the safari drives to the food and the service. We look forward to your next visit. Greetings from the bush,...

Reviewed 22 September 2014

Pondoro Lodge, unexpectedly, gave us 2 vacations. The first one was the one we had hoped for: fabulous Game Treks with really knowledgeable really dedicated trackers. Their first objective was to make the guests happy by showing them animals, even when that meant staying out a bit longer than planned, or going for a special quick look at a lion...

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

Dear quartzicon, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad that we could provide you with a 2 in 1 vacation. Thank you for noticing the extra mile that the guides go by staying out later or packing everyone back into the car during dinner if there is a special animal close...

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 22 September 2014

Pondoro was genuinely one of the best hotels we have ever had the pleasure of staying in. The whole experience from start to finish was amazing, even driving from the gates to the Lodge and seeing wildlife crossing our path. During our game drives, we saw the big 5 (including a leopard eating his kill) as well as a number...

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

Dear Linda M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Look like you had a wonderful time and thank you for saying that Pondoro is one of the best hotels that you have ever stayed in. Our guides really try their best to be informative and to balance that with great animal viewing. Greetings from...

Jacksonville, Florida
Reviewed 18 September 2014

At first sight I knew this would be an experience that would be with me for a lifetime. Robbie & Lize and all the staff were fabulous. Don't miss this opportunity to see lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, hyenas and many more animals. The setting was beautiful. Every game drive was exciting and highly educational. The food was first class and...

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

Dear Kathy M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It feels so good to read that this safari experience will last you a lifetime. Yes the guides are really trying their best to provide informative as well as exciting drives. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 18 September 2014

Book your stay for as long as you can because once you check in you are not going to want to leave. The beautiful rooms are situated along the river and there is a nice separation between each so you feel very private and in nature. We stayed in a suite and took outdoor showers while elephants and giraffe walked...

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

Dear gibbyone, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed everything from the meals to the safari drives and our gorgeous rooms. It has been a pleasure to take you out on safari. Greetings from the bush, Robbie...

Fort Myers, Florida
Reviewed 18 September 2014

We love this place! Great accommodations. The food was excellent every night. The game viewing was amazing. We saw 3 lionesses and 10 cubs devouring a kudu. We were so close...I felt like I was in a National Geographic film! Yes, you will enjoy your stay here.

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Dear Kathleen B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you loved Pondoro and that we managed to bring National Geographic to life right next to your safari cruiser! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Reviewed 17 September 2014

My family and I were in South Africa for 2 weeks on vacation. Our last four nights we stayed at Pondoro Game Lodge. It was absolutely amazing. The staff at the lodge made you feel right at home. The food was excellent!!! For the game drives my family and I had the owner, Robbie, as our ranger and Sam as...

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

Dear Jessica L, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Wow it looks like you were really lucky and saw a lot of animals. African wild dogs are not seen regularly and that must be a highlight on any safari. Glad to see that the staff made you feel right at home and that you...

San Antonio, Texas
Reviewed 15 September 2014

Look no further. All the reviews are true. You could spend a lot more money on game lodges, but why would you? It doesn't get better than this. The lodge and rooms are gorgeous and the food was outstanding. The best part was the staff and how friendly they all were! Our guides, Rul and Ransom, were amazing guides and...

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Dear traveltoofar, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for the accolade. Yes, happy staff is friendly staff and it gives me joy to read that the best part of your stay was the friendly staff. I will pass your gratitude onto Rul and Remson who are not just great guides, but very...

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
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: ₹ 44,443 - ₹ 72,731 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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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“Our bungelow was wonderful. Great views everywhere.”
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“All rooms we saw were great although some had better views of the river.”
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“Water Suite was beautiful and private”
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