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Northville, Michigan
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful accommodations, safaris and food. Catered to my husbands gluten free need. We saw every animal at least once. A lot were seen from our deck as well. Also enjoyed the pool. Pick up at airport and return went smoothly. Our guide and tracker were great.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really wonderful place with terrific staff at the camp and in the field. Food was fantastic and well presented, atmosphere relaxed and fun and we were lucky to have Sam as our game guard. Sam was amazing, with wonderful stories and great skill in finding game. The system of limiting numbers viewing a kill, for example, was an excellent...

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

Dear Richard L, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I will inform Sam of your compliments. He tries very hard and will be elated. We hope you find the time to visit again one day. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Waterford, Michigan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ponderous has it all. The staff was exceptional, very helpful and made sure you had a wonderful experience. There are only 8 chalets (we were in "Rock") very private spread out along the Olifants River. There was a large balcony with its own hot tub and out door shower. The chalet had a large seating area and a huge bath...

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

Dear DAH44, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were happy with the service, rooms, safaris and our wifi. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Cleveland, Ohio
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second visit to Pondoro and our honeymoon. They delivered in every category -- both on my first visit with family and on the romantic trip. Superb staff, luxurious accommodation, wonderful food. Elephants grazing feet from the elevated breakfast area. The safaris (two driven per day) are fantastic. We saw the big 5 within the first 24 hours,...

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

Dear TheClevelander, Thank you very much for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon for your second stay with us and for taking the time to write a review. Glad that we could aid in providing special memories that will last for a lifetime. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Balgach, Switzerland
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice lodge with special décor. Perfect infrastructure. Very clean. High level of luxury. Beautiful view over the olifant river. Helpful and very kind stuff. Excelent breakfast, lunch and dinner !

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

Dear cruetsche2016, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to know that you had a perfect safari experience at Pondoro. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hotel for the people who are looking for nature. It's far away from the main road, then it is really nice. You see wild animals from you room. Staff is great, very pleasant and available. The room have a rustic and amazing decoration. Excelente food. Two days there were unforgettable.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon vacation and taking the time to write a review. Glad to see that you spent 2 unforgettable days with us. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Saint Charles, Illinois
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my third visit to Pondoro, and I was as impressed as the first two times. I brought my American neighbours and they blown away by the level of service, the delicious food and the superb accomodations. The fact that they got to see the Big Five was an added bonus

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

Dear bushandsea, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review as well as being such a loyal supporter. We are elated that we managed to live up to the expectations. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Berwick, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I are reasonably experienced African travellers considering we live in Australia. Our opinions can't be compared with residents of the country. We have safaried in several countries in Africa and visited the southern end of Kruger on previous occasions. As a result we were looking for a "less crowded" experience and Pondoro is definitely exactly what we...

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

Dear JJW007, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see that you really enjoyed your stay with us including the exclusivity of visiting a small lodge with more personalized service. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

New York City, New York
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our honeymoon stay at the Pondoro lodge was wonderful. We stayed for a total of 3 nights - everything was super well organized and coordinated. You can tell the the hotel is very well managed and they care deeply for each guests' experience. We requested the airport transfer and Lize (one of the owners) picked us up personally at the...

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

Dear iamysun, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are elated that you enjoyed your safari with us. Good to know that you enjoyed Water suite and all the small extra touches. I will inform Lize, Sam and Remson of your complements. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

St. Louis, Missouri
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay at Pondoro Lodge a few weeks ago. This was truly a luxury lodge and we loved it. We were in the Tree suite and it was totally luxurious including an outdoor hot tub. We had beautiful views of the river and got to see the hippos taking their baths and lying around on the beach....

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

Dear Diablo27, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are very glad to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will inform Sam and Remson of your complements. Sure they will be elated. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

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  • Pool
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Free Breakfast
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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: $874 - $1,449 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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