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    Pondoro Game Lodge

    Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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          Reviewed 4 May 2015

          Friendly and helpfull staff made our stay at this lodge superb. The view from our lovely well-equiped guest house was magnificent. The food was great and always served with a smile. Safaris were amazing: many thanks to Josia and the others for sharing their knowledge....More

          2  Thank Lizzy L
          Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 7 May 2015

          Dear Lizzy L, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Good to see that you enjoyed and appreciated the efforts of our wonderful and well trained staff. I will be sure to let Josiah know of your appreciation. Greetings from...More

          Reviewed 25 April 2015

          Everything about our stay at Pondoro was perfect. Game drives were great with stunning sightings. This included a 'once in a lifetime' leopard sighting but obviously that's never guaranteed, we were VERY lucky. Robbie and Eric worked really hard to find everything for us and...More

          1  Thank wwglobetrotting
          Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 7 May 2015

          Dear wwglobetrotting, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very happy to read that you really enjoyed your stay with us and that you noticed all the small touches that we do in order to enhance a guest's...More

          Reviewed 15 April 2015

          Everything was splendid! The guest houses were beautifully appointed and the staff was attentive and timely. In particular, Rul and Andreis, our guide and tracker, were fantastic - incredibly knowledgable and intuitive. We were seconds from witnessing a mother elephant give birth to her calf....More

          2  Thank Carole B
          Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 19 April 2015

          Dear Carole B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for staying with us and I will most definitely inform Rul and Andries of your excellent review. Yes, nothing can beat having more than 70 years of experience...More

          Reviewed 15 April 2015

          Stayed 3 nights at Pondoro. The Earth room was super luxurious . Our driver Josiah and tracker Samson were excellent. The Safari was amazing . The food was better then any restaurant in rope or USA. The staff were very friendly and helpful . Roby...More

          3  Thank Rashad E
          Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 19 April 2015

          Dear Rashad E, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is very good to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed your suite, knowledgable guides, the safari and cuisine. Greetings from the bush,...More

          Reviewed 14 April 2015

          WOW! That's what describes my experience at Pondoro. I planned a trip flying in to Johannesburg and then renting a Land Rover and driving to Pretoria for the first night. We stayed at the Sheraton there, which I will write a separate review for. In...More

          2  Thank David S
          Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 19 April 2015

          Dear David S, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am elated to see that you consider your visit to Pondoro to be the trip of a lifetime. Look like you had some wonderful safari sightings over and beyond...More

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          • Breakfast included
          • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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          • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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          • Free Parking
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          • Airport Transportation
          • Breakfast included
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          • Multilingual Staff
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          • US$698 - US$1,106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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          • Number of rooms
          • 8
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          • Balule Nature Reserve
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          GolingGal949
          Hi, this place sounds great. I would appreciate any advice on the best time of year, how many nights we should stay, travel tips (as in how do we get there!) and any other ideas about pre or post safari. This is a bucket list item for us and we want to do it right! Thanks so much!
          21 June 2017|
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          Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
          Hi there, there is no real best time as it all depends on your preferences. Winter is very moderate with less leaves on the trees and summers are hot, but with the bonus of more birds and some baby animals. It is a summer... More
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          Savanna I
          Has anyone been in January/February and can tell me about the bugs? Will regular bugspray be enough or should we wear long sleeves and pants even though it is very hot?
          10 January 2017|
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          Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
          Dear Savanna I, Only bugs a day or 2 after after good rains. It is not a problem during safari drives, but can be irritating during dinner. In the day it is fine. Long sleeves and pants are not really necessary. You may... More
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          alladesertrose
          Would you please tell me which unit has indoor shower ? which one can have two twin beds? Which one has outdoor jakuzi? What weather is at the beginning of September? We are planning to stay for 4 nights Aug31 to Sept 4. Thank you.
          3 December 2016|
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          Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
          All the suites have indoor and outdoor showers. Hardekool and Wildevy chalets have indoor showers. All our rooms can be changed to twins. All the suites have a Jacuzzi. Early morning can still be chilly. Wear jackets or... More
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          "Tree suite for view of hippos!"
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          "All the suites we saw were great, but the big specialty suites have larger decks with integrated hot tubs..."
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          "As for room away from the main building."
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          "Our bungelow was wonderful. Great views everywhere."
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