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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 20 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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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

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

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Myself and my partner stayed at Pondoro late March 2014. I had visions of what it might be like but these were truly exceeded. Not wanting to play down others views, it was not tha candy nor the sherry nor the cold towels for me, though I appreciate them all - especially the G&T on a sunset drive! For me...

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

Dear David_Ananda, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am happy to see that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for noticing that there are living people with feelings and emotions working tirelessly to ensure that everything goes well both in front and behind the scenes. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro...

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 9 April 2014

We spent 6 nights in March at Pondoro to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had such a fantastic time that far exceeded anything we could have imagined. We saw a great range of animals- lions, leopard, zebras, elephants, cheetah, giraffe, antelope of all kinds, to name just a few – and we were so close that I have photos of...

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

Dear Kobblekid, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is always great to make new friends and it is nice to see how much guests are enjoying themselves. You really made an impression and quickly worked yourselves into Pondoro folklore. Looking forward to your next visit. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Oregon
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Me and my partner visited Pondoro in the beginning of April and it was truely AMAZING. We booked this lodge based on the good reviews on this website and let me tell you this: they are all true. Rooms are great, food is amazing, staff is super nice, and the safaris are really fun and professional. Also the small things...

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

Dear Slein1987, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the many small touches are noticed. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Paris, France
Reviewed 4 April 2014

Our first contact with South africa was Pondoro Game Lodge in March 2014 : an unforgettable experience way above our expectations . Everything was perfect : the location in the wilderness, the cottage, the friendliness and efficiency of the staff, the restaurant , the attention to all details of our guests Liz and Robbie . And last but not least...

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

Dear Dominic and Francois, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to your next visit. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Hook, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Our sincere thanks to everyone at Pondoro Lodge for a truly memorable stay in February 2014. Just an amazing experience from start to finish, that has so much WOW factor, it makes you wonder if you have suddenly gained celebrity or VIP status. What makes Pondoro Lodge literally stand out from everyone was the attention to detail, which was TRULY...

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

Dear Ruth and Richard, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is heartwarming to read a review such as this especially coming from someone who has really seen the world. Thank you for choosing Pondoro as the destination to celebrate Richard's birthday. I will send your thanks through to everyone at the lodge, especially...

Lexington, Kentucky
Reviewed 11 March 2014

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a fabulous trip to South Africa this February [2014], arranged for us by Kensington Tours. We toured Cape Town, the Franschhoek wine lands, and had a fantastic safari adventure at the Pondoro Game Lodge. Kensington Tours did a fantastic job of keeping us informed, planning all the logistics and details; many...

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Dear Chuck and Lori D, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so happy to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It was an honor that you chose Pondoro as the destination to celebrate your wedding anniversary. Thank you for noticing all the special touches during Valentine's day! We are...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 24 February 2014

We stayed 3 nights in Pondoro, to celebrate family events. This small structure (8 rooms only) provide a very personalise and intimate service, deliver by well trained and friendly personnel. 8 hours of game drive per day (in 2 cessions of +/- 4h each), and the possibility of a bush walk if you did not get enough allow you to...

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

Dear Serge and Mimi, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It looks like you had a fabulous time and that everyone loved their stay at Pondoro. I am glad that we could contribute in helping you celebrate your family events. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

New York City, New York
Reviewed 24 February 2014

Lize and Robbie are terrific hosts and guides for an amazing safari adventure. I cannot say enough about how incredible to food was and how comfortable the rooms were. Robbie guided our group of 9, and we saw everything we could have hope to have seen and more. We felt very welcomed and very well taken care of. You won't...

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

Dear Kyle R, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an absolute pleasure to host you and your group at Pondoro. I had a lot of fun as had everybody else when hosting your group. It really invigorates all the staff when seeing how much guests are enjoying themselves. Greetings from the...

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Free Breakfast
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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: €568 - €951 (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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