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“the river”(125 reviews)
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5 Star 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...
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Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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20.9 km to Hoedspruit Airport
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Reviewed August 3, 2015

Pondoro was the first leg of our honey moon and looking back over the month of UK, Maldives, Europe and Borneo I would hands down say Pondoro was the highlight. Every corner we turned we were surprised with thoughtful service and amazing experiences. I will...More

Thank SimonVelvin007
Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded August 6, 2015

Dear SimonVelvin007, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We pride ourselves as a romantic and honeymoon destination and to read your review really warms the heart. Some restaurants have the Eiffel tower and we have animals! Amazing experience with...More

Reviewed August 3, 2015

We arrived late but were warmly welcomed, fed watered and sent out on our first game drive, the drive was fantastic, the staff passionate and knowledgeable we saw Elephants Rhinos and buck. Not much is better than drinking a cold gin and tonic as the...More

Thank 35sianc12
Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded August 5, 2015

Dear 35sianc12, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Yes, we are so lucky with our location where you can enjoy a gin and tonic in the middle of the bush as sundowner and continue your evening safari under a...More

Reviewed August 2, 2015

OMG! It was in the top three holidays we have had during last 10 years! The Lodge we stayed in had large four posters bed with net all around it- looked like from a fairy tale. We had a nice monsoon shower inside and large...More

Thank murton
Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded August 5, 2015

Dear Bohdana and Jerry, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Wow what an accolade to read that staying at Pondoro was one of your top 3 holidays in the last 10 years! Glad that you enjoyed the cuisine, spa...More

Reviewed July 28, 2015

From the owners and staff, to the suites and vistas, there is absolutely nothing here that disappoints. You'll come for the animals, and want to stay forever. The breakfast muffins alone are a memory all by themselves... DOn't even think about it. Just book and...More

Thank Alexander P
Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded August 5, 2015

Dear Alexander P, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for staying with us and great to see that you had a really amazing time at Pondoro with lots of animals and some not too shabby breakfast muffins....More

Reviewed July 27, 2015

Off a two lane hiway in the remote northeast corner of South Africa and then down a rough dirt track for 16 kilometers one comes across, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, but alongside a beautiful river, the Pondoro Game Lodge. The lodge is a...More

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Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded August 5, 2015

Dear Glen D, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad that we managed to live up to and even exceed your safari expectations. Look like you were really lucky with seeing the Big 5 and much...More

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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Spa
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Free Parking
Shuttle Bus Service
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Airport Transportation
Breakfast included
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Multilingual Staff
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Non-Smoking Hotel
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US$794 - US$1,269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
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US$794 - US$1,269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Response from Jose Manuel M | Reviewed this property |
I was there and I didnt do it. If you are really interested in the poaching subject maybe it could be interesting. But looking at all the amazings things you could you be doing there, probably jumping into the bush its... More
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Response from Sandiee V | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I'm glad you like my post. I flew from Cape Town to hoedspruit and the lodge came to pick us up at the airport (@ additional cost) Everything was super easy and smooth. Hope this helped.
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Response from Lenharetto | Reviewed this property |
Hello! The closest airport is Hoedspruit and the transfer I paid R1110 per person roundtrip Hoedspruit Airport and includes R100 per person conservation fees as well as the gate fees.
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"This lodge is so amazing no room will disappoint"
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