The lodge is small and very beautiful! Also, the spa was the best we experienced in South Africa!! The staff would greet us by name and arranged a special private dinner to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Each meal was delicious...even the veggie options. The trackers do a great job of making sure you get to see as much as possible even if that means off roading for an hour.
The only reason I did not give 5 stars was I thought they over crowded the safari jeeps...we were there on a romantic getaway and did not always get to sit next to each other on 5 hr safaris. Also, the rooms are probably great in summer but are quite cold on winter nights and mornings.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
- Pondoro Game Lodge South Africa/Kruger National Park