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Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa See on map
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Hotel
5 Star accommodation
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Reviewed today

My wife & I re visited Pondoro in September 2018. We first stayed in 2014. The service has not slipped at all since I last reviewed it. If anything the service has improved. Lize & Robbie are great hosts, the house staff are very attentive...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

First came to Pondoro in 2010 ... have been back about every 2 years since. In the meantime we've been to many other game lodges. But Pondoro is by far and away our stand out, go to favorite! Liza and Robbie are such wonderful, gracious...More

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Reviewed yesterday

From the moment we arrived at Pondoro, we were impressed by the warmth and hospitality of the staff. They anticipated every single need that a guest could possibly have. The accomodations were absolutely wonderful, and the food was amazing. The game drives with Sam and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Four months after our visit to Pondoro, I still find myself daydreaming about our stay there. We visited the lodge during our honeymoon and the great staff made us feel like heaven! We were welcomed to Pondoro with outstanding kindness and our only regret was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've just left Pondoro after a 3 We've just left Pondoro after a 3 night stay in the Buffalo lodge. If you've read the poor reviews on here, let me help address any concerns you may have... There was one small scorpion in our room...More

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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, ...More 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. Less
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Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
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Maci G
3 September 2018|
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Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
Pondoro's guides are excellent and I would just use them. Safaris are twice daily
Beth B
9 April 2018|
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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10 January 2018|
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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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