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    Pondoro Game Lodge

    Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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    Reviewed 22 September 2014

    My wife, daughter and I had a fantastic experience spending 5 days at Pondoro and wish we could have stayed for another 25! The staff and accomodation were amazing and second to none. Robbie & Lize were wonderful hosts, Eric (our guide) and Sam (our...More

    Thank Paul R
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 3 October 2014

    Dear Paul R, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to host you during your 5 days at Pondoro. I am very glad to read that you enjoyed everything from the safari drives to the...More

    Reviewed 22 September 2014

    Pondoro Lodge, unexpectedly, gave us 2 vacations. The first one was the one we had hoped for: fabulous Game Treks with really knowledgeable really dedicated trackers. Their first objective was to make the guests happy by showing them animals, even when that meant staying out...More

    Thank quartzicon
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 3 October 2014

    Dear quartzicon, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad that we could provide you with a 2 in 1 vacation. Thank you for noticing the extra mile that the guides go by staying out later or...More

    Reviewed 22 September 2014

    Pondoro was genuinely one of the best hotels we have ever had the pleasure of staying in. The whole experience from start to finish was amazing, even driving from the gates to the Lodge and seeing wildlife crossing our path. During our game drives, we...More

    Thank Linda M
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 3 October 2014

    Dear Linda M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Look like you had a wonderful time and thank you for saying that Pondoro is one of the best hotels that you have ever stayed in. Our guides really try...More

    Reviewed 18 September 2014

    At first sight I knew this would be an experience that would be with me for a lifetime. Robbie & Lize and all the staff were fabulous. Don't miss this opportunity to see lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, hyenas and many more animals. The setting was...More

    Thank Kathy M
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 3 October 2014

    Dear Kathy M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It feels so good to read that this safari experience will last you a lifetime. Yes the guides are really trying their best to provide informative as well as exciting...More

    Reviewed 18 September 2014

    Book your stay for as long as you can because once you check in you are not going to want to leave. The beautiful rooms are situated along the river and there is a nice separation between each so you feel very private and in...More

    Thank gibbyone
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 3 October 2014

    Dear gibbyone, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed everything from the meals to the safari drives and our gorgeous rooms. It...More

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    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Pool
    • Free Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
    • Breakfast included
    • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
    • Hotel Amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Room Service
    • Airport Transportation
    • Breakfast included
    • Laundry Service
    • Multilingual Staff
    • Room amenities
    • Minibar
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    • Pool
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    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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    • US$740 - US$1,204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
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    • Number of rooms
    • 8
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    • Kruger National Park >
    • Balule Nature Reserve
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    Peter O
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    Dear Peter O, Tipping is entirely up to the discretion of guests visiting the lodge and it should only be for service over and beyond expectation. TripAdvisor forums can be searched for guidelines to tipping practices for... More
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    We spent 5 days in Cape Town prior to flying into Hoedspuit and I would highly recommend spending some time in that area. We actually stayed in Somerset West which is about half hour east of Cape Town. Somerset is a nice... More
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