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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Pondoro lodge was exceptional in it's hospitality, accommodation, atmosphere & comfort. A real highlight of our holiday. All the staff were fantastic and the safari trips were unforgettable. If you want a comfortable, safe, luxury safari then look no further then Pondoro!! Hope to get back one day.

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

Dear Rascal M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you found Pondoro to be highlight of your holiday and that you enjoyed the hospitality, accommodation, atmosphere and comfort. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Lusaka, Zambia
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Stayed here with my English friend William Gibbs for 2 nights. What a place! we saw all the big 5 except for the Leoppard. The service is high class. Good food and very friendly staff. Will definitely come back for more.

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

Dear Rissington, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is as always great to read when someone has really enjoyed their stay with us. Glad that you enjoyed everything from the safari drives to the food and device. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Waterloo, Canada
Reviewed 1 September 2014

We spent two days and nights at Pondoro and truely enjoyed it. Pondoro is set on the banks of the Olifants River in Balule Private Game Reserve, inside the greater Kruger National Park. The safari's were fun but bumpy as there was a lot of off road driving. We saw all of the major animals except for the leopard which...

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

Dear Slothspotter, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. As you noticed earlier we accommodate all dietary requirements and I am glad that we could also accommodate you. Our aim is to provide guests with not only good and tasteful food, but also to make it part...

Jacksonville, Florida
Reviewed 1 September 2014

Stayed three nights and the whole stay was fantastic. Started on day one with a great drive and ended with a wonderful dinner. Continued this way the whole stay. Robbie was our driver and we saw so many animals and events it was hard to record them all. The staff was beyond fantastic, the food was top notch. The property...

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

Dear tlsgreen, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to drive you around. Glad that you enjoyed the food, service and rooms! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 August 2014

I am still dumbfounded that luxury like this exists in the bush. I can't recommend this place enough it is without doubt the best place I have ever stayed at anywhere. Game drives out of this world mind your head and body as this is real off roading. We seen all the big five and more including black rhino cheetah...

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

Dear oldginter, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for the compliments and for the accolade of being the best place that you have stayed in anywhere. Looks like you have nearly seen it all with Big 5 and cheetah as well as black rhino, and even white rhino on foot. Greetings from...

Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 29 August 2014

I spent 3 nights at Pondoro and can say it was an outstanding experience! My wife and I were on our honey moon trip and can say that they really now how to host a couple, with an excellent service and hospitality (Lize is great!). Food is at the high-end level of luxury hotels. The suites (we stayed in Tree)...

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

Dear Raul T, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you also for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon and it looks like we managed to live up to your expectations. We try and provide great service with excellent food and exciting safari drives in an unforgettable setting. Greetings from the bush, Robbie...

Douglas, MA
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Myself, my husband and our two teenage daughter, 17 and 18, and our friend all stayed at Pondoro for 4 days. Upon arrival we were met by Lize, one of the owners. Soon after Robbie, the other owner, tracked us down to introduce himself, Our room was called Buffalo and our girls room was Rock. Honestly, the prettiest rooms we've...

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

Dear 429CAD, Thank you very much in taking the time to write a review. I am happy to see that we helped to make this your best trip ever! Glad you enjoyed the rooms, service, food and safaris. Yes, the big elephant bull that often visits our camp creates a lot of excitement and helps to keep us on our...

Duluth, Georgia
Reviewed 2 August 2014

In July 2014 My wife, mother and 2 kids (14 and 12) spent 4 nights at Pondoro in Balule Game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. I spent 2 years researching Game lodges and finally decided on Pondoro based on a number of factors including location, price, Trip advisor reviews and their ability to accommodate gluten free for my daughter...

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

Dear John F, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and going the extra mile in making Pondoro your first. It has been a pleasure to host you and your family and glad that we assist in providing your daughter with a gluten free diet. I passed your review onto Lize who was elated with...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Being that i work in the Tourism industry, it is very easy to fall into the trap of having huge expectations and being cynical when i travel on my own holidays. With that said, Pondoro is one of the rare instances where an operator hits the sweet spot in hospitality. Cost-effective, wonderfully warm yet efficient staff, well organised safaris and...

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

Dear ropate01, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It feels really nice to get a recommendation from someone with years of experience in the tourism industry. Glad that we could deliver. You are right going on safari is so much more that just the Big 5. They are nice and great to see, but...

Reviewed 26 July 2014

The thought and detail we encountered at Pondoro exceeded our wildest expectations. We stayed in the Tree Room. It was well appointed, VERY comfortable and spacious! The Tree Room, as with some other rooms, is outside the electrified fence providing guests much privacy the caveat being you must be escorted at night to your room as there may be wild...

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

Dear Pete M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I bet of all your excuses of being late for dinner an elephant blocking your route to the restaurant must be the best! It really looks like to animals came out for you as the sightings seem to have been phenomenal. You are right Sam...

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • 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: RM2,699 - RM4,526 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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