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    Pondoro Game Lodge

    Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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    Free Wifi
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    Breakfast included
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    Reviewed 4 January 2015

    Amazing, amazing place! The service here was outstanding and incredibly personalized. Each person that worked there knew us by name and was warm and friendly throughout. Because it was our honeymoon, they went out of their way to arrange specialized dinners for us at different...More

    Thank Mike T
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 7 January 2015

    Dear Mike T, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am honored that you choose Pondoro as part of your honeymoon and grateful that you enjoyed it so much and appreciated and noticed all the little touches. Yes, we...More

    Reviewed 4 January 2015

    We cannot say enough great things about our experience at Pondoro. The staff went out of their way at every turn to make us happy and comfortable. The food was exceptional and they did a wonderful job accommodating my vegetarian diet. The rooms were spacious...More

    Thank JennyLG1
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 7 January 2015

    Dear JennyLG1, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure to accommodate your vegetarian diet since Lize is also vegetarian and knows the frustrations that sometimes...More

    Reviewed 12 December 2014

    We couldn't have been more please with our choice to stay at Pondoro. We stayed 3 nights at the end of November 2014.The accommodations (we stayed in the Tree suite), food, staff, game drives... everything was absolutely incredible! A BIG thank you to the staff...More

    Thank Krystal B
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 13 December 2014

    Dear Krystal B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad to read that you found everything from the accommodation to the food, staff and game drives to be absolutely incredible. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and...More

    Reviewed 3 December 2014

    We stayed four nights in November 2014. The whole experience was excellent - accomodations (we stayed in the Earth suite), food, staff and game drives. The lodge is along the banks of a river so at all times of the day and night, the local...More

    Thank PDGTX
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 3 December 2014

    Dear PDGTX, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It gives me great pleasure to read that Pondoro managed to exceed your expectations and that you found the accommodation, food, staff and game drives to be of an excellent standard....More

    Reviewed 2 December 2014

    Everything you've read is true. This place is amazing. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we felt welcome and were in awe at how truly special this place was. A typical day begins with a knock at 4:45am - you'll be...More

    3  Thank dc02050
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 4 December 2014

    Dear dc02050, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It look like you had a wonderful time. I will inform Eric, Giyani and the other staff about your remarks. They will be elated. I agree with you that this time...More

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    About
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    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Pool
    • Free Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Breakfast included
    • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
    • Room Service
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
    • Hotel Amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Airport Transportation
    • Breakfast included
    • Laundry Service
    • Multilingual Staff
    • Room Service
    • Room amenities
    • Minibar
    • Things to do
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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    • US$741 - US$1,108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Suites ,
    • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
    • Family Rooms
    • Number of rooms
    • 8
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    • Kruger National Park >
    • Balule Nature Reserve
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    GolingGal949
    21 June 2017|
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    Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
    Hi there, there is no real best time as it all depends on your preferences. Winter is very moderate with less leaves on the trees and summers are hot, but with the bonus of more birds and some baby animals. It is a summer... More
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    Savanna I
    11 January 2017|
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    Dear Savanna I, Only bugs a day or 2 after after good rains. It is not a problem during safari drives, but can be irritating during dinner. In the day it is fine. Long sleeves and pants are not really necessary. You may... More
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    3 December 2016|
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    Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
    All the suites have indoor and outdoor showers. Hardekool and Wildevy chalets have indoor showers. All our rooms can be changed to twins. All the suites have a Jacuzzi. Early morning can still be chilly. Wear jackets or... More
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    "Tree suite for view of hippos!"
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    "All the suites we saw were great, but the big specialty suites have larger decks with integrated hot tubs..."
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    "As for room away from the main building."
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    "Our bungelow was wonderful. Great views everywhere."
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