Lodge

Pondoro Game Lodge

Balule Nature Reserve, off R40, 1380 Balule Game Reserve, South Africa

Experience world-class service at Pondoro Game LodgeSet on the banks of the Olifants River, this luxury lodge occupies 40,000 ha of Balule Private Game Reserve.

Inside the greater Kruger National Park, it offers a rock pool and spa with waterfalls.The thatched cottages at Pondoro Game Lodge feature an African décor with rich fabrics and nature-themed decoration. Each has a private wooden deck. Air conditioning and bathtubs are standard.A fusion of traditional African and modern European cuisine can be enjoyed on the wooden deck overlooking the river. Guests can taste fine wine from Pondoro’s extensive wine cellar or grab a snack at the bar.Bird-watching and nature walks are some of the activities that the lodge can arrange. Visitors can opt for a morning and evening game drive, both in open-topped Land Rovers.The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is 131 km away.

Rooms

suite 21
Suite 2 110 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Fan
  • Toilet
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chalet 25
Chalet 2 75 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Fan
  • Toilet
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suite 19
Suite 1 110 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Hot Tub
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Fan
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chalet 113
Chalet 1 75 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Fan
  • Toilet
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chalet 317
Chalet 3 75 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Fan
  • Toilet
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suite 321
Suite 3 110 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Fan
  • Toilet
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suite 425
Suite 4 110 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Hot Tub
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Fan
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suite 530
Suite 5 110 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Hot Tub
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Fan
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An inside look at Pondoro Game Lodge

Big 5 safari adventures do not get more personal, comfortable and memorable than a visit to Pondoro Game Lodge nestled on the banks of the Olifants river. The owners/managers Robbie and Lize Prehn were involved from the start in choosing the location and it is evident in every design feature and service that Pondoro is a labour of love. Pondoro only has eight thatched rooms, each beautifully dressed in African art and touch-me textiles, assuring a more personal safari experience. Experienced guides take small groups of up to eight on unforgettable game drives in Balule Private Nature Reserve - part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park - so, you are in prime position to explore South Africa’s incredible wildlife and landscape. Located in the heart of the bush, a Treehouse Hide, raised above ground with views of a waterhole, is also available for one-night stays. Back at the Lodge and the small Serenity Spa practices traditional South African treatments, while traditional African cuisine meets modern European flavours on the decked dining area, elevated above the river.

1 restaurant on site

Restaurant

Open for: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,High tea

Food: Cuisine:African

Menu: À la carte

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Facilities of Pondoro Game Lodge

Transport
Airport drop off Additional charge
Airport pick up Additional charge
Pool and wellness
Swimming pool
Fitness
Full body massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Back massage
Pets
Pets are not allowed.
General
Air conditioning
Non-smoking throughout
Safety deposit box
Non-smoking rooms
Services
Shared lounge/TV area
Airport shuttle (additional charge)
Private check-in/check-out
Gift shop
Express check-in/check-out
Laundry
Internet
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge. Free!
Parking
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed). Free!
Accessible parking
Secured parking
Food & Drink
Game drives
Fruits
Bottle of water
Wine/champagne
Special diet menus (on request)
Bar
Entertainment and family services
Board games/puzzles
Activities
Walking tours
Library
Outdoors
Picnic area
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Terrace
Garden

House rules

Check-In

13:00 - 17:00

Check-Out

08:00 - 11:00

Children and extra beds

Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel.There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

Cards accepted at this property

Pondoro Game Lodge accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The Fine Print

Please note that guests are required to pay an entrance fee per car for the Balule Nature Reserve when arriving at the Olifants West gate. Prices vary according to type of vehicle.Please inform Pondoro Game Lodge in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

GUEST REVIEWS

“An amazing, magical place. The location is superb and the food and facilities are wonderful. However what makes this place so incredibly special to visit is the staff. Every one of them goes out of their way to make you feel as welcome and well looked after as is possible.”
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United Kingdom

“Our suite was great, with an amazing view on the river. All meals were served on the deck with rivier view and the food was incredible! The game drives exceeded our expectations every time, Marius (ranger) en Eric (tracker) were very knowledgeable and made every game drive a great experience! The staff goes all out to make your stay unforgettable! It truly felt like a second home!”
Lisa

Netherlands

“The entire experience and enthusiasm of everyone working there made it a super pleasant experience.”
Manon

Canada

“Exceptional service team! We had the most perfect honeymoon stay with Pondoro - it was beyond our expectations. Game drives were thrilling and we certainly enjoyed all meals prepared by the chef. The staff at pondoro went the extra mile to ensure we were taken care of and we definitely loved dining under the stars. Comfortable bed and beautiful space! ”
Rafael

Singapore

“Rooms very luxury, if you always keep in mind, that you are in the middle of bush. Food exellent. Great service. Very friendly and helpful personal. Very good and informatice Game drives. And included in price. Nice activities offered at lunch time during Game drives, like pick nick or bush walk or visiting black Mambas.”
Dennis

Switzerland

“The most amazing people in the most luxurious place surrounded by the best wildlife you can see. The best teamwork between the rangers and the spotters allowed us to see the Big Five in one evening drive stretching it to he Magnificent Seven the next morning. A special thank you for our unbelievable ranger Marius and spotter Eric. The food is gourmand, the service is impeccable and the experience is unforgettable”
Julia

Switzerland

“Lugar perfeito Safáris bem radicais.Comida deliciosa.Colaboradores amáveis”
Flavio

Brazil

“Todos os funcionários sem excessão de nenhum foram muito atenciosos, simpáticos e proativos. A infraestrutura do hotel é maravilhosa e o local onde o mesmo se encontra é encantador, a beira de um rio.A comida muito saborosa e todas as bebidas são inclusas, inclusive um café com Amarula indicado por um dos Rangers do safari!”
Renan

Brazil

“Superbe endroit, magique. Le personnel est très sympathique. Les sorties en safaris sont tops. Les chambres sont très confortables. Les repas sont excellents. Vraiment rien à dire de négatif. Avons passé un séjour de rêve.”
Serge

Switzerland

“Tout, service impeccable, personnel sympathique et disponible. Nourriture excellente. Lieu magnifique.”
Gertrude

Switzerland