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Balule Nature Reserve, off R40, 1380 Balule Game Reserve, South Africa – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.6/10! (score from 48 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Pondoro Game Lodge.
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Outdoor Pool, Terrace
Fitness Center, Spa, Library
Food & Drink
Bar, Special Diet Meals (upon request)
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Laundry, Souvenir/Gift Shop
Safe, Non-smoking Rooms, Heating, Designated Smoking Area
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Children and Extra Beds
Children older than 12 years are welcome.
One child or adult is charged 50 % of the room stay per night in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
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Our guide was rather quite but amazing tracking knowledge and great sightings. Slightly limited choice of food vs larger lodges but they were very willing to tailor to dietary needs and was very intimate.
We like all, the nature, the romantic ambient and of course to travel at safari park. The rangers know very well the animals to be together near 2m. very exciting. we would like to visit again.
all was perfect
This is the first time, I give a 10 in all positions. I was really hardly thinking, if there would be anything they could do better, but could not find something. Please stay as you are and Thanks for the fabulous times we had at your Lodge to all of the team.
Excellent service and value for money. The staff were exceptional both in their quality of service and friendliness.
Everything was beyond expectations. Facilities, staff, food, game drives.
The entire experience was top notch, from the welcome refreshments to the heated pack on your seat every morning drive Pondoro took care of every detail which made our experience something we truly enjoyed. We loved the game drives and walks and took advantage of all three opportunities each day of our visit. The trackers and guides were outstanding, very knowledgeable and friendly. Ral and Andres went above and beyond what was expected to make sure we had a great angles for pictures whenever we came across an animal. The setting and our accommodations were great. We were fortunate enough to see multiple elephants, crocodiles, baboons and impala while relaxing on our porch in the afternoons. Dinner down by the river was a nice touch and a memorable setting. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience on our 1st safari.
The lodge has amazing location near the river where we have seen hippos at the last day. Also the sky on this place is unfoggetable with a huge Milky Way just above your head. Staff is excellent. Our ranger was very experienced and we saw many animals including leopard. The breakfast and dinner were delicious.
I had problem with 2 things: 1) the toilet doesn't have a door, it locates in the room itself with a small barrier so the other person in the room can hear all the sounds. It made me feel very uncomfortable. 2) you can't choose your lunch and it was spicy for me and too much carbohydrates - bread and potatoes instead of fruits and veggies.
Great atmosphere, great staff, great food! We are absolutely happy) We saw almost all the animals of the big 5, unfortunately never saw a rhino. but it's nature, it is impossible to make)
Staff very friendly. Room comfortable and Lodge in lovely area overlooking river.
No choices for lunch or dinner. Guide should give more information about animals and environment. Lunch should be at 1300 and afternoon tea at 1500.
Had one of my best vacations here. * Lovely room with outdoor jaccuzi overlooking nature and river * Game drives were eventful and successful * Good effort in food preparation n presentation, in sufficient portions * Great staff with passion in their work * Sincerity of the staff when they attend to you (Lize, Vanessa, Ramson, etc)
That I could not stay longer...
Stunning lodge that provided every comfort without being too starchy. Great food. Young ranger was very helpful and experienced tracker (Eric) really looked after our group on game drives.
We drove and the route back to the N4 was the most dangerous road we have ever been on. Deep potholes due to heavy ore lorries - could have done with a warning!
Just the most incredibly friendly staff. Access to amazing game area and excellent guides, we saw more animals than we ever hoped to. The food was also excellent and there was an extensive wine list. Can recommend this place highly enough.
Very little we didn't like, the wifi was a little poor but suspect this was not the hotel's fault and actually a regional issue.
The entire stay from the moment of arrival to departure was simply out of the top drawer. Magnificent setting, superb staff, glorious food and of course the truly welcoming hosts who put you at ease as their guest from the outset. You couldn't have wished for more.
Everything was excellent!
We loved our stay and will certainly be trying to come back in the future, truly fantastic and one of the best places we have ever been on our travels - location is stunning and private reserve gives a more intimate private experience including the game drives; service exceptional with amazing attention to details; food fantastic and so much of it (best we had on our three week trip!), and knowledge of animals all amazing. Saw all animals including very rare (wild dogs and black rhino), getting very close and our guides had amazing knowledge especially Robbie.
I loved my visit. Lize, the chef and owner with her husband Robbie, is an exceptionally attentive host, an excellent chef, and know how to run an upmarket lodge. The food was great, the rooms were well designed and roomy, and the staff lovely. There were lots of small touches that added to the comfort and pleasure of the stay. Out on the safari, the rangers and trackers did a fine job seeking out the animals, and were able to answer all my questions. I would have like a little more information while on the drives.
The airport transfer seemed a bit excessively priced, particularly since it was shared with a couple on the return. But the driver was lovely and everything happened on time. Didn't see a leopard, but I blame the leopard for that.
I stayed in "Pondoro Game Lodge" for two nights. The Lodge was very beautiful located up front the olifant river. The chalet is exciting with outside bath tub. Game drives were excellent. Eddy and Erich did a great job driving us around to see the "big 5". Food was really the finest 3 times a day. Spa is small but good taking a full body oil massage....
The best place I have been in my life: amazing people, amazing place, stunning safaris, nothing to complain about! Thank you very much for a wonderful experience and your kindness
Rooms were beautful and spacious, friendly staff, great location on Olifant river. We got to see the big five during our 2 night stay.
poor wifi bathroom directly open on the room with no door in between. meals were a set menue with lunch and dinner meals having no options which was not convenient. None of the drinks were included in the all inclusive rate, not even the bottled water, and this was not explained to us at all, we only found out about that later when we asked the staff ourselves.
Pondoro is an amazing special place! Loved the staff, the facility, the game drives, the food, and especially the room!!! Fantastic experience. The claw-foot tub on the deck overlooking the river with elephants going by is incredible. We relished the amazing dinner in the bush! We'd love to go back!
The spa services could be better. It's a great space but clearly underutilized. Didn't care for the corkage fee either. These are small things in an otherwise fantastic place that we'd love to go back to.
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