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Pondoro Game Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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 the morning, we started our journey to Pondoro, taking about 4 hours to get there....

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

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 the cuisine, scenic room and great service. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Nashville, Tennessee
Reviewed 20 March 2015

There are a precious few places for which the 5 star rating system is not adequate to characterize it. Pondoro rates a 10. This small game lodge in the Balule Private Game Reserve on the banks of the Oliphant River offers the perfect mix of wonderful accommodations, knowledgeable game Rangers and Trackers, amazing food better than almost every Cape Town...

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

Dear MDrooster, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an honor to host you and your lovely wife at Pondoro. I am so glad that we could live up to your expectations and really appreciate the kind review. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Steckborn, Switzerland
Reviewed 15 March 2015

The Pondoro visit was the Highlight of our South Africa trip. - Unforgetable expierence: Luxury Lodge and rooms (the Water Suite was ours - in nature it´s better than on the web) - romantic Wining and Dining in the bush with a lovely Service personal! We had two times a massage and they were very good - relaxing after the...

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

Dear Gabriele and Michael, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is great news to see that your stay at Pondoro was the highlight of your South African trip and that you enjoyed the rooms, massages, personal service and off course the informative and adventurous safari drives. I hope to welcome to you soon...

Nodak
Reviewed 6 March 2015

We spent two nights at Pondoro in February and totally enjoyed our stay. From the greating on our arrival to goodbye we were treated like we were the most special guests there. Safari was awesome....the guides worked very hard to give us a great experience. Food was outstanding and drinks were even better! Everything about our stay was special and...

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

Dear barefootdreams, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We strive to make all guests feel very special and I am glad that you feel that we succeeded. I hope you will be able to visit us again. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Reviewed 6 March 2015 via mobile

I spent 4 days with my 12 year old daughter. It was a fantastic stay! Nice safaris, nice and professional staff, everybody dedicated to making it a good experience. Nice place also! I'd go back tomorrow and could only warmly recommend the place!

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

Dear AgnesTravels, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure hosting you for 4 days at Pondoro. Yes, I believe part of the charm of Pondoro is that it is such a small, intimate safari lodge which I believe is the perfect way to really experience a safari in Africa. Greetings from...

Baxter, Minnesota
Reviewed 23 February 2015

I cannot say enough good about Pondoro! We stayed for 2 nights in February. The lodge is small, with 8 units, a handful of staff, and a handful of guests. We were greeted by the staff, our guides, and our tracker immediately upon arrival. From that point on, they address you by name each and every time they see you....

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

Dear Esteban1968, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am grateful to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will make sure to inform all the staff of your appreciation. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 18 February 2015

We stayed 3 Days at Pondoro Game Lodge and we must say that this is the best lodge we've ever been to all over Africa. What's most outstanding is the location directly on the river, the room set-up, the food, the friendlyness and hospitality of all staff and the excellent safari guides thanks to whom we got the best insight...

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

Dear Andrea B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes, we are blessed with our setting on the beautiful and majestic Olifants river. I will relay your appreciation and thanks to all the kitchen staff as well as your guide and tracker. Greetings...

Seattle
Reviewed 16 February 2015

First I am going to describe the wonderful things about Pondoro and then I will tell you why I will never return to this establishment. Our room – the Water Suite – was fantastic. Spacious, well furnished with a comfortable bed. There were many special touches that made this room special – a carafe of brandy, robes, complimentary water, etc....

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

Dear seeking_seashells, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am saddened by your review and that you feel that you had such a bad time at Pondoro. This is not how we want any of our guests to feel. I will do my best to explain and answer to some of your grievances. Upon...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 13 February 2015

We were a group of 4 families and booked out the entire camp. It was the most amazing game reserve experience we've ever had. I thought the accommodation might not be as beautiful as shown on Pondoro's website, but in reality, it was even better. Outdoor spa, outdoor shower, sunken indoor bath and shower, and a water feature for a...

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

Dear Val R, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was an absolute pleasure to host your group at Pondoro and I am so glad to read how much you enjoyed your stay. It is nice to know that the rooms even exceeded your expectations. I will inform all the staff including the rangers...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 February 2015

We came here for the first part of our honeymoon and have been for four nights. There is so much to say that a TripAdvisor can not do it justice. A few comments about our stay: 1. My wife and I are gluten and dairy intolerant. They have gone above and beyond in accommodating our food intolerances without compromising the...

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Dear ericjafari, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon. I am elated to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that we managed to exceed your expectations. The dietary requirements was no problem at all and we are only too glad to oblige. I...

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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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  • Spa
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  • Minibar
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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: 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.”
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“All rooms we saw were great although some had better views of the river.”
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