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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 53 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)
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
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
Children and Extra Beds
Children older than 12 years are welcome.
Extra beds are not available.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
Pets are not allowed.
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Naledi Game Lodge lies within the Balule Private Nature Reserve and is located 25 km from Hoedspruit.
Score from 46 reviews Exceptional
Situated along the Olifants River, Bushriver Lodge features two swimming pools and a large deck with BBQ facilities.
Score from 136 reviews Wonderful
Situated on the banks of the Olifants River, in Balule Nature Reserve, this lodge offers spacious rooms with a veranda overlooking Olifants River.
Score from 47 reviews Exceptional
|Sausage Tree Safari Camp is situated in the Balule Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park area.|
We loved everything! The hotel is very beatiful, the rooms are perfect, all meals excelent quality and better than any restaurante you could choose. The staff is always smiling and ready to help. The safaris are an amazing experience and we could see all the big five in just 2 days. The place is very romantic, and the staff if always ready to surprise you (dinner in the river). The massages are also very good. We would definetly stay there again.
Peaceful luxurious and stunning location a memory of a lifetime !!
We want to thank Robbie & Lizl for a fabulous honeymoon experience. The food was exquisite!!Thanks for Eric for the Elephant encounters and going all the way for Big Five Encounters. All the staff at Pondoro made our 2 day stay very memorable
Everything was amazing, the location, surroundings, the lodge, our suite, the staff super friendly, the food always fresh and tasty... But the main thing at Pondoro is the game drive.. The car is open and comfortable. The rangers very knowledgable but also fun. They did everything to find the animals, on day one we already saw the big 5 and many more animals. We had 5 game drives and all were different and amazing. Now doing the garden route but in our head we are still in Pondoro... Thanks a lot to our rangers Josia and Andries!
This lodge is just magic. You need definitely to go there to understand why...
Game drives with Erick and Ramson especially 'high' speed chases, Lize's food, big smiles from happy 'Pondoro Family', elephants below our veranda, bush walks, dinner by the river and birds and rhino at the hide. The singing (happy birthday), even Janni's! Thank you so much to Lize and Robbie and the whole 'family'.
What's not to like? The only thing we missed was the chance of a good brisk walk! Everything else was wonderful!
If you like to see lots of animals than there are many better places at a much lower cost. Like many of these lodges they are killing there own bussinness by asking rates which are not realistic anymore. All of them will put themself out of bussinness.
- the room was amazing - the food was great - the game drives are an experience we will never forget. You will get closer to the animals than in a zoo (let alone any national park...)!
accommodation friendliness of staff knowledge of staff range and number of animal sightings food was amazing
Decor, wildlife, luxury provided
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!
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