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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 15 May 2014

For the Lodge : * Wonderful lodge with nice African decor and outdoor Jacuzzi overseeing nature and the river * Great warm staff with sincere and service (Vanessa + Lize is great) * Nicely prepared food with efforts in presentation as well * Memorable rosemary-scented towels on arrival For the Game Drives : * Highly experienced trackers to seek out...

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

Dear Mei O, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is great to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It is always nice when guests notice all the small things we do to enhance their stay and make it unforgettable. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Mumbai, India
Reviewed 15 May 2014

We came to South Africa for our honeymoon and Pondoro was our first stop in SA. These guys are experts and have got everything right! Right from the beautiful villas overlooking the river to the terrific food and safaris. Lize went out of her way to organize something special every night as we were on Honeymoon - a private candlelit...

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

Dear ShagunSeth, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is an honor to be chosen as part of your honeymoon travels. Glad that we could live up to your expectations and that we could help you celebrate such a milestone event in your lives. Cannot wait for your return visit. Greetings from the bush,...

Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Reviewed 14 May 2014

My family and I have spent two nights at the lodge and I can absolutely say that Pondoro Game Lodge was the best place I have ever stayed in. We arrived the Saturday before Easter, after a really long flight from Brazil, and were greeted by Lize, the adorable lodge manager. She told us all about the lodge and took...

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

Dear LTC1987, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to read that Pondoro is the best place that you have ever stayed in. It is a huge compliment and we will certainly strive to be even better when welcoming you for your second visit. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Vail, Colorado
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Wow. Robbie and Lize really know how to get it right. Their love and reverence for the bush just bleeds through everything at Pondoro—from the structures to the decor, the staff and the dining, and of course, the game drives. Each unit is thoughtfully built and decorated using as many found objects and natural materials as possible. And with Lize's...

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

Dear Nemophilist, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to host you at Pondoro. It is always nice when the small extras that we do make peoples' stay unforgettable gets noticed. Yes half the price of some of our more illustrious cousins and that at a small, intimate, owner run...

Accra, Ghana
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Pondoro Lodge was just the most wonderful experience from the very private accommodation, to the warmth of the staff, to the exceptional safaris, to the superb food, to the great knowledge of Robbie and his trackers and the lovely ambience of the Lodge. We cannot speak highly enough of our time at Pondoro and would love to return one day....

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

Dear danaher2014, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is always nice to read how much someone enjoyed their stay with us. Glad that we could give you one of the best short breaks that you ever had. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

New York
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We loved our stay at Pondoro. We were here in early January- sorry for the late review. We stayed in both the Buffalo suite and the Hardekool chalet, since it was a busy time of year and the rooms were pretty booked up at this point. Obviously both rooms were great. Buffalo was a bit bigger but was further away...

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

Dear NewYorker1025, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Saw that you managed to explore both the suites and chalets and I am happy to see that you thoroughly enjoyed both. We go through a lot of trouble to ensure that the wine list is one of the best in Southern Africa and glad that...

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Pondoro Lodge and the experiences it offers are simply wonderful. Robbie and Lize Prehin don"t just run a business, The Bush is their passion. Because of this nothing feels manufactured. Attention to detail from the quality of the accommodations, we stayed in Tree, to the five star food, to the warm and responsive staff, to the daily drives was exceptional....

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

Dear Ann and Sarah, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am truly happy to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for noticing that we offer a completely natural safari product in a wild environment where nothing is manufactured. Thanks for posting the photos. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and...

Brasilia, DF
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We loved everyone and everything! The room is fantastic and so romantic!! The food is impressive! Everyone is so kind, caring, nice and willing to help. And the safaris were perfect!! And the ranger and tracker were funny and helpfull!! We had the best time!

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

Dear flaviaramos10, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you also for choosing Pondoro as part of your journey to enjoy and celebrate your honeymoon. I am glad that we could contribute in an unforgettable romantic holiday that you will always treasure. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Great boutique safari experience. They pay such attention to detail which is really appreciated. A+ A1 first class experience. This was our first Safari, and we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The food was great, the people were great. Very personal experience. We hope they never try to expand because they really have a gem. LOVE IT. We...

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

Dear MarcAndAlex, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is nice to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. We will definitely not expand as we believe that a small intimate safari lodge is the only way to experience the adventure and romance that Africa has to offer. Thank you very much...

Saint Charles, Illinois
Reviewed 15 April 2014

My husband and I just returned to the states from our stay at Pondora Lodge. It was our first stop of a two week trip and what a great way to start the trip. Our daughter had been working in Kruger for the past 7 months and we had her meet us at Pondora for a four day stay. What...

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Dear Tim, Carolyn and Kelsey, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you enjoyed your 'meeting spot' at Pondoro and that you found everything to be perfect. Will definitely be looking out for you. All the best to Kelsey with her blossoming bush career. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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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 )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Spa
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • 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: ₹ 44,118 - ₹ 72,157 (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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