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Pondoro Game Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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New Jersey
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We recently stayed at Pondoro for 3 nights. It exceeded every expectation we had. From the pick up at the airport by Raymond we knew we had made a wise choice. We stayed in the tree suite which was beautiful and clean. Not even a single bug! We had an amazing view of the Oliphant river and woke up to...

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Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everyting was excellent! I highly recommend Pondoro! Staff was friendly, foods and drinks were great, room was really beautiful, clean and well maintained and safari was amazing! It´s perfect if you are in your honeymoon!

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Edisto Island, South Carolina
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Good: The service and friendliness of Pondoro are excellent. The dining and bar area has a lovely setting. Hippos are on the riverbanks as well as giraffes across the river. Having been a guest at several safari camps, Pondoro has THE best cuisine. It is 5 star. Truly unmatched by other camps. The Not so good: Difficult to get...

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

Dear Edistocreekgirl, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Good to read that you enjoyed our cuisine and service. Pondoro is different from most hotels around the world. Our rooms are each individually decorated with their own theme. Not colonial as most African lodges are, but different and really unique. Some of our rooms have...

Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

This place is wonderful. My wife and I spent 3 nights for our honeymoon. The staff is extremely welcoming and fulfills all your needs. "The devil is in the details": that's what I mentioned to Lize (one of the owners) while she was kindly transporting us to eastgate (HDS) airport. I was explaining her how the lodge and its staff...

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Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an amazing experience. The place is beautiful, the food is fantastic, everyone is very attentive.The trackers are fantastic, they foun all the big five. The room was very good, I hope to come back one day.

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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Pondoro for our anniversary, and we could not have been more pleased!!! The reception staff, Michelle and Licia, were both extremely welcoming. They made sure we felt like home (just a million times better) through our stay. They were always there to help and answer our questions. The food was incredible!!! Every morning we were greeted with pastries,...

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

Dear ScotchAndSuits, Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and wonderful review. I am elated to see how much you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return. I will make sure to relay your appreciation through to everyone. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Tacoma, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pondoro provides a fantastic experience. From the game drives (limited to six guests per vehicle) to the gourmet quality food, it is a five star experience in every respect. There is maid service twice a day and an excellent spa at reasonable prices. Rul our Ranger and Andris our Tracker were knowledgable and engaging. Their expertise set this experience apart...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 3 days in Pondoro and we loved it ! All the staff were really kind and attentive. The place is stunning and the suites & chalets really nice. And the experience of the safari was amazing. We were with a Ranger and a Tracker very professional and they gave us a stunning experience !

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Wesselsbron, Free State, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my wife, spend 3days in the hands of Robbie and Lize and their team. The Water Suite was tranquil, spacious and oh-so beautiful. The restaurant served South African cuisine at its best. We visited their spa, and Lily needs to be commended on a real relaxing experience. The game drives were great. We saw lots, but a Leopard...

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

Dear ThaboVZ, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host the two of you at Pondoro and I am glad that you had a wonderful experience. I will inform everyone of your appreciation. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic place, staff, acomodations, game drives and food Best hollidays Thanks for Lisa and Robbie, for ali the staff, and special thanks for Marius, our ranger, that show us a lot of the animal and the big five

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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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  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
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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: RM2,776 - RM4,564 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“Tree suite for view of hippos!”
JulieI909, 23 May 2017 | Read review
“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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RM_LiveAloha, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“As for room away from the main building.”
goldenbrown123, 22 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Our bungelow was wonderful. Great views everywhere.”
bhamiltonwright, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms we saw were great although some had better views of the river.”
riklem, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
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