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Pondoro Game Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed 27 November 2014

Owners Robbie & Lize gave us our customary wonderfully warm welcome as we arrived for our THIRD visit.The phrase "try the rest,stick with the best" comes to mind.We stayed from 1st to the 8th of October.The Lodge,the rooms,the food & service are just the same..magnificient.Special thanks to Patricia & staff for never forgetting Sheila's dietary needs & for the happy...

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

Dear Sheila and Sybil, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an honor to welcome you back into our Garden, for the 3rd time. It has been a pleasure, as always, to host you. I will thank Rul, Remson, Patricia and the rest of the staff on your behalf. I will also...

Hook, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 November 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights at the beginning of November and had an amazing time, the food was excellent and all the staff were lovely and helpful. The accommodation was first class and the game drives were fantastic, we have stayed here previously a couple of times and would definately recommend it. Thank you for making our stay so...

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

Dear Wendy P, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, I am very glad that we could once again give you an amazing time at Pondoro. We are looking forward to your next visit. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed 18 November 2014

A simply outstanding holiday and adventure. We stayed for 4 nights and were treated to fantastic food, superb game drives and memories that will live forever. Highlights, so many ... a Leopard kill, baby elephants playing in the water outside the 'hide', lions sleeping at night, hippos, cheetahs, giraffe etc etc. However, it does not just happen and our drivers/trackers...

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

Dear maxward, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad that you really enjoyed your 4 night stay with us and that we managed to create a lifetime of new memories. The leopard catching a warthog right next to your safari cruiser certainly was a once in a lifetime experience. A lot of...

Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 November 2014

We spent five nights at Pondoro, in 'Earth' - had a fantastic time! 8 great game drives, 2 not so productive but not for want of trying by ranger Erick and tracker Remson! Everybody was so friendly and helpful and Lize's food superb, especially the birthday cake!! A wonderful visit from start to finish, thank you everybody!! Pros:- Game drives...

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

Dear Jay_Be_70, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that we managed to make your birthday a very special occasion. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Woodside, Australia
Reviewed 1 November 2014

Our 3 week holiday in SA started at Pandoro. Our expectations were exceeded from the the welcome, the unique accommodation,gourmet meals,uncanny bushcraft,and an understated vast reservoir of local knowledge,always in a quiet friendly atmosphere.

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

Dear Ronald B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am grateful to read that you enjoyed everything from the welcome to the accommodation and safari experience at the lodge. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Hannover, Germany
Reviewed 26 October 2014

Our stay at Pondoro Game Lodge was the most dreamlike experience during our three-week South Africa trip. We will remember this for life with great pleasure. Lair of Glencaim 69 has described it as extensively, as well as we have experienced it. We had the pleasure to spend two nights in the Tree suite. We have liked the open bathroom...

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

Dear Uwe S, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you at Pondoro and it is really nice to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and to read that not only had you great sightings during your safari, but also that the rooms and service were...

Bergen, Norway
Reviewed 22 October 2014

.first class accomodation. Staff friendly and well trained. Delicious food. We were privileged to have the owner Robbie as our personal driver .and with the help of our amazing tracker Andries out safari was 100% successful!

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

Dear 566JohannaK, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure driving you around and glad that we saw so many animals. Good to see that you enjoyed the accommodation, food and service. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

New York City, New York
Reviewed 21 October 2014

We had an absolutely amazing 5 night stay at Pondoro during the end of August 2014 as the first stop of our honeymoon. The experience was superb in every regard. Room was beautiful and tastefully decorated, set among the most amazing scene on the bank of the Olifants. Game drives with Rul and Ramson were outstanding. Although the game may...

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

Dear Jpando01, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am honored that you choose Pondoro as your safari destination during your honeymoon. I will definitely inform Rul and Remson of your recommendations and thanks as well as the rest of the team. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Reviewed 15 October 2014

Pondoro Game LODGE (Kruger) offered us the perfect combination for a Safari. The elegant comfort of a richly furnished lodge with a panoramic view of the Oliphant River let us observe and enjoy the animals in there natural habitat, it was simply memorable. It is important to note the exquisite varieties in the meals offered, they were of highest quality...

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

Dear Adria D, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the food, service and safari drives to be of a high and professional standard. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Moreland Hills, Ohio
Reviewed 8 October 2014

This place is a foodies delight! One of the owners is the executive chef and it shows. The food is literally the best I've ever had over a period of days and I think that's saying something. Better than Nobu which we visited in Cape Town. Every dish was exquisite and the menu was very varied. Presentation was outstanding. I...

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

Dear flsterling, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It looks like you really enjoyed your stay with us, especially the food of which we are very proud of. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $866 - $1,433 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
Pondoro Game Lodge South Africa/Balule Nature Reserve
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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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