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

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

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...

Waldorf, Maryland, United States
Reviewed 13 September 2014

From check-in to check-out Pondoro was fabulous! Liza & Robbie are top notch people and know how to run a business. Vanessa, the Assistant Manager; Andries, the tracker; the Chefs and our waitresses, Linkie & Gerish are all great. The food, wine and accommodations were 5 star! The safari drives were just outstanding. Robbie seems to know everything about everything...

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

Dear Ruth A, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It gives me great pleasure to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will pass your thanks onto Vanessa, Andries, the chefs, and Linkie and Gerish. They will be thrilled! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Reviewed 10 September 2014

We weren't that lucky with the wildlife on our game drives, but the lodge made it up than up for it. The rooms are decorated in perfect detail and I felt right at home. The restaurant area also wonderful as were all the people of Pondoro. What a luxury!

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

Dear VeroTop, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to see that you had a wonderful time with us. I read from your review that you feel that you were not lucky with wildlife during your stay, but from the sightings logbook it looks like 4 of the Big 5 were seen...

Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Reviewed 8 September 2014

Pondoro makes your safari dream trip come true! The food, the service, the staff, the drivers and trackers and the accommodations are first class. Every game drive was an adventure and Robbie never let us down. It was a truly wonderful stay.

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

Dear Polly P, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that we could make your safari dreams come true and that I managed not to let you down. It has been a pleasure to drive your group and I hope to welcome all of you again at Pondoro sometime in the not too distant...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 8 September 2014

Pondoro Game Lodge just oozzes love. From Robbie & Lize & all the marvellous staff, this place is a rare gem. My husband & I are leaving this heavenly spot tomorrow, but I want to write this review even before we leave it's soooo beautiful. Firstly, the setting on the Oliphants river is like something out of a movie &...

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

Dear DonnaLynette, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an absolute pleasure to host you at Pondoro. Glad that you enjoyed and tried everything from the safari drives to the Jacuzzi and the elephant dung tea. I see that you even smoked some elephant dung. Hope you did a Bill Clinton and...

Perth
Reviewed 7 September 2014

Pondoro lodge is a perfect holiday destination. All of the staff were wonderful. The hosts welcoming, the safari drives were exciting and the rangers extremely experienced at tracking animals. We saw lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants, white rhino and the list goes on. But some of my favourite animals were the unexpected sightings such as the dwarf mongoose, spiny anteater, civet...

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

Dear Mary and Coral, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to provide you with an unforgettable holiday. Looks like the guides really found you all the animals that you came to see and even more. Wow, an aardvark is really special and I am glad to see that you...

Reviewed 5 September 2014

My mum and I stayed at Pondoro for 2 nights and we should have stayed at least a week! The lodge is amazing, the food must be one of the best in all of South Africa and the hosts Lize and Robbie were welcoming and wonderful. Robbie went out of his way to look for animals, he is so knowledgable...

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

Dear Conny and Regine, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very happy to see that you really enjoyed your stay with us. It has been a pleasure to take you out on the safari drives and we are eagerly awaiting your return. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Pondoro lodge was exceptional in it's hospitality, accommodation, atmosphere & comfort. A real highlight of our holiday. All the staff were fantastic and the safari trips were unforgettable. If you want a comfortable, safe, luxury safari then look no further then Pondoro!! Hope to get back one day.

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Dear Rascal M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you found Pondoro to be highlight of your holiday and that you enjoyed the hospitality, accommodation, atmosphere and comfort. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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  • Pool
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
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: ₹ 44,312 - ₹ 72,850 (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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“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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