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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Punaikaki
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the accomodation was wonderful and equiped with taste. The staff was friendly and their job with plaisure. The ranger and the tracker did their utmost best to find the big five. Our ranger, Roel, had a lot of humor and was a plaisure to sit beside him in the car.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the best time in Pondoro lodge. This was our first stop in our trip. We were so spoiled they ruined it for all other accommodations we stayed in after that. The whole staff from the owner to the cleaning lady were very friendly and very attentive. Great attention to detail. The food was amazing. One of the nights,...

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

Dear E M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Will relay your appreciation through to the therapist and guide and tracker who will be delighted. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Krugersdorp, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was jus great to find an excellent staff becoming your friends. The food was very good in a ideal location. The guides really know how to make this experience amazing!! It was really lovely!! We love it all

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

Dear Isaac H, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to see that you loved your stay with us. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Frederick, Maryland
Reviewed 1 week ago

Suites are much more spacious than regular rooms, especially for two people. Having said that, we really didn't spend much time in the room. Safaris take up most of the day, leaving very little down time. Food is great & staff was very friendly & accommodating. Best tip for travelers: Don't over pack! Everything at the lodge is very casual.

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

Dear Rochelle I, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad you had a fabulous time with good food and friendly staff. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Walnut Creek, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not sure how they ever managed to build such a unique property in this remote location, but we are certainly glad they somehow managed. Overlooking the free-flowing Oliphant River, this property was everything we hoped it would be. The staff was extremely friendly, service was great, food was very good (and plentiful), spa treatments were very good as well. We...

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

Dear RM_LiveAloha, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will inform Rul and Andries of your appreciation and am sure that they will be delighted. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Pondoro was an amazing experience. The lodging is along a river and there many animals that you could see from your room or the dining area. The rooms were spacious, beautifully decorated, and very welcoming. There was a deck off of our room with a little private jacuzzi. There were two game drives each day that lasted around 3 hours....

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

Dear Eric B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Good to know that you were happy with the room, safaris, guide and cuisine. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Reviewed 18 January 2017

A good Safari has everything to do with good trackers and rangers. And that we didn't found in Pondoro. They were constantly talking with each other in there one language and often forgot that there is more to see than a Lion. No attention for the small five, birds, trees, plants etc, The rooms and the food were good

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

Dear Hennie P, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Sorry to hear that you were not happy with your guide and tracker. Unfortunately we can only address issues when we are aware of a problem and it is such a pity that you did not inform us during your stay as we would have...

Cheadle, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

An early 25th anniversary present to ourselves, we had an amazing stay , everything perfect, staff , food, lovely safari guides , they found the big 5 in our first 24 hours! We stayed in the water suite which was beautiful with amazing views down to the river. Would love to come back one day. Thank you .

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

Dear Tracey and Gary, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Congratulations on your 25th anniversary and we are delighted that we could help in making it an unforgettable stay. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 15 January 2017

I can't say enough great things about our stay at Pondoro Game Lodge. The location is amazing. The guides were very knowledgable and helped us meet our goals for viewing wildlife and birds. We enjoyed the food, and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. If you are looking for a top notch safari experience, we recommend Pondoro Game Lodge.

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

Dear cwildwest, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Good to see you had a fabulous time at Pondoro. Glad you found our guides knowledgeable and eager to show you all the wildlife and birds. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Breakfast included
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  • 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: €631 - €1,030 (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/Balule Nature Reserve
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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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 of 5 bubbles RM_LiveAloha, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“As for room away from the main building.”
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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”
 of 5 bubbles TheClevelander, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
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