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Pondoro Game Lodge

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Whakatane, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 January 2015

My wife and I spent five days at Pondoro Game Lodge and we had THE most wonderful time! From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel so special. We were upgraded to Earth suite (best surprise ever!) which gave us unobstructed views of the Olifants river (and its resident crocs and hippos). We had our own spa bath...

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

Dear Johan P, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you at Pondoro and I am truly grateful to read how much you enjoyed it. I want to thank you on behalf of all the guides and trackers for your amazing gifts. It meant more to them than I...

Reviewed 4 January 2015

Amazing, amazing place! The service here was outstanding and incredibly personalized. Each person that worked there knew us by name and was warm and friendly throughout. Because it was our honeymoon, they went out of their way to arrange specialized dinners for us at different romantic locations on the property. The meals were incredible and substantial and the comfort and...

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

Dear Mike T, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am honored that you choose Pondoro as part of your honeymoon and grateful that you enjoyed it so much and appreciated and noticed all the little touches. Yes, we had a great New Year's Eve party that was thoroughly enjoyed by guests and staff...

Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 4 January 2015

We cannot say enough great things about our experience at Pondoro. The staff went out of their way at every turn to make us happy and comfortable. The food was exceptional and they did a wonderful job accommodating my vegetarian diet. The rooms were spacious with every luxury imaginable including a spa tub, hot tub on the balcony and a...

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

Dear JennyLG1, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure to accommodate your vegetarian diet since Lize is also vegetarian and knows the frustrations that sometimes comes with being one. It was good to get to know you and we look...

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 12 December 2014

We couldn't have been more please with our choice to stay at Pondoro. We stayed 3 nights at the end of November 2014.The accommodations (we stayed in the Tree suite), food, staff, game drives... everything was absolutely incredible! A BIG thank you to the staff for making this part of our trip so amazing!

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

Dear Krystal B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad to read that you found everything from the accommodation to the food, staff and game drives to be absolutely incredible. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 3 December 2014

We stayed four nights in November 2014. The whole experience was excellent - accomodations (we stayed in the Earth suite), food, staff and game drives. The lodge is along the banks of a river so at all times of the day and night, the local residents (elephants, hippos, zebras,etc) were in sight. And most impressive were the staff: friendly, accomodating,...

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

Dear PDGTX, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It gives me great pleasure to read that Pondoro managed to exceed your expectations and that you found the accommodation, food, staff and game drives to be of an excellent standard. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States
Reviewed 2 December 2014

Everything you've read is true. This place is amazing. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we felt welcome and were in awe at how truly special this place was. A typical day begins with a knock at 4:45am - you'll be so excited to see the game, you won't even be tired. We'd usually stay out...

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

Dear dc02050, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It look like you had a wonderful time. I will inform Eric, Giyani and the other staff about your remarks. They will be elated. I agree with you that this time of year is the best with so many baby and young animals around! Greetings from...

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed 28 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 26 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 14 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

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Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • 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: $915 - $1,489 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“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.”
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“All rooms we saw were great although some had better views of the river.”
riklem, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Water Suite was beautiful and private”
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