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    Pondoro Game Lodge

    Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
    011 27 87 550 3939
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    29/10/2017 30/10/2017
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    Free Wifi
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    Breakfast included
    Non-Smoking Hotel
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    Fitness centre
    Multilingual Staff
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    5.0 Star Hotel
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    1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
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    1 - 5 of 621 reviews

    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Pondoro Safari Lodge was the highlight of our landmark journey to visit 49th and 50th countries. It has a remarkable location, excellent caring staff, great food and an excellent Safari experience!!!!

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    Property's Favourite Review
    Reviewed 14 June 2017

    A group of 6 of us stayed at Pondoro a couple weeks ago (end of May 2017). With such an unbelievable trip and experience at Pondoro, I'm not sure how to keep this review short. SAFARIS/GAME DRIVES: We went on early morning drives and a...More

    1  Thank ehowardhunt
    Response from Robbie_Prehn, Owner at Pondoro Game LodgeResponded 15 June 2017

    Dear Crazy Group of 6 from Texas, Wow what a fabulous review! It is so inspirational to see that you had a great time with us. I will inform all the staff of your accolades, specifically Sam and Eric who will both be thrilled. Greetings...More

    Reviewed 4 days ago

    As many other reviewers we also had a great stay in this lodge and enjoyed everything from the very beginning till the last second. As already mentioned in other reviews: The bungalows are big, clean and nicely decorated. The food is incredible good and prepared...More

    Thank daphil01
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    We spent three nights at Pondoro and it was very difficult to leave. The accommodations were outstanding, the game drives and walks were excellent, and the staff was friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. We will definitely return if at all possible!

    Thank mflora1950
    Reviewed 6 days ago

    My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Pondoro for 3 days during a tour of southern Africa last month. The rooms are large, well appointed, with a view of the Oliphant River and almost constant parade of impala, waterbuck, kudu,and other hooved...More

    Thank sarm78
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    • US$727 - US$1,222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • South Africa >
    • Kruger National Park >
    • Balule Nature Reserve
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    • Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
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    Traveller (839)
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    Joanna N
    23 August 2017|
    Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
    Dear Joanna, 2017 Rates include: 14% VAT. Accommodation. Three meals daily. Tea & Coffee. Mineral water. All local game drive drinks. A morning and evening game drive. Nature walks accompanied by experienced armed... More
    Peter O
    7 August 2017|
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    Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
    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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    "This lodge is so amazing no room will disappoint"
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    "As for room away from the main building."
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