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Pondoro Game Lodge

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

There are not enough words of praise and thanks to express the wonderful holiday our friends at Pondoro created for my family and me during our early December four night visit. Our arrival and reception by Lize at the lodge was so warm we felt like family returning home to a place we'd been before. Every small detail was considered...

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

Dear patricksQ2068ET, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are grateful that we could live up to your expectations and that you had a wonderful time. Rul, Andries and Lize, off course, will be elated about your kind words. And no...she is not available for adoption! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We stayed, unfortunately, only two nights at Pondoro. Almost everything about our stay was perfect! The welcoming, the excellent food, the lovely staff and of course also our game drives with Rul and Roland. The only pitty was, that we have never received the wine list. At the beginning I asked twice for it; I was told they don't have...

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

Dear 1981nic0le, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Look like you had a fabulous time at Pondoro. I am very sorry to hear about the wine list incident. We have already addressed the issue. Too late unfortunately for your stay, I know. Be assured that we will make up for this if you ever...

Istanbul, Turkey
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Robbie, Lize and all the staff have made our numerous visits to Pondoro treasured memories. We simply love this place. The game drives never cease to be amazing; food, wine and accommodation are excellent. We'll be back in January and we cannot wait!

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

Dear shar0nchell, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been, as always, a pleasure to host you at Pondoro. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and are looking forward to the next. Greetings from the bush, Robbie, Lize and Pondoro family

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 22 December 2016

My husband and I had a wonderful time at Pondoro. We saw all of the Big 5. Our spotter and ranger were both fantastic. The staff was the best we've experienced. Accommodations are wonderful. We can't recommend this place enough.

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

Dear goldenbrown123, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for recommending Pondoro and great to read that the safari, guides and service was wonderful. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 11 December 2016

We went there on honeymoon and the service is fantastic. They went the extra mile over and over again. The private rooms are gorgeous. The amenities are fantastic and you will be well-fed. And of course, the game drives were the best part.

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

Dear andrewoverton, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon vacation. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the rooms, service and game drives were fantastic. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Great food and friendly staff, the rooms are decorated with natural elements. But most of them are good for couples! Because the rooms have open shower! Safari trip were very good, the safari team tried their best to show us all bug five during our trip.

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

Dear Emad T, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to know how much you enjoyed your stay with us, especially the safaris, rooms, food and service. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Northville, Michigan
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Wonderful accommodations, safaris and food. Catered to my husbands gluten free need. We saw every animal at least once. A lot were seen from our deck as well. Also enjoyed the pool. Pick up at airport and return went smoothly. Our guide and tracker were great.

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

Dear bhamiltonwright, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we could cater for your husbands dietary needs. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 28 November 2016

A really wonderful place with terrific staff at the camp and in the field. Food was fantastic and well presented, atmosphere relaxed and fun and we were lucky to have Sam as our game guard. Sam was amazing, with wonderful stories and great skill in finding game. The system of limiting numbers viewing a kill, for example, was an excellent...

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

Dear Richard L, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I will inform Sam of your compliments. He tries very hard and will be elated. We hope you find the time to visit again one day. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Waterford, Michigan
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Ponderous has it all. The staff was exceptional, very helpful and made sure you had a wonderful experience. There are only 8 chalets (we were in "Rock") very private spread out along the Olifants River. There was a large balcony with its own hot tub and out door shower. The chalet had a large seating area and a huge bath...

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

Dear DAH44, 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 and that you were happy with the service, rooms, safaris and our wifi. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Cleveland, Ohio
Reviewed 23 November 2016

This was my second visit to Pondoro and our honeymoon. They delivered in every category -- both on my first visit with family and on the romantic trip. Superb staff, luxurious accommodation, wonderful food. Elephants grazing feet from the elevated breakfast area. The safaris (two driven per day) are fantastic. We saw the big 5 within the first 24 hours,...

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

Dear TheClevelander, Thank you very much for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon for your second stay with us and for taking the time to write a review. Glad that we could aid in providing special memories that will last for a lifetime. 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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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Minibar
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • 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: £509 - £829 (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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“As for room away from the main building.”
goldenbrown123, 22 Dec 2016 | Read review
“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.”
riklem, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Water Suite was beautiful and private”
TheClevelander, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
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