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Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

"The staff are incredible and really took care of us for every moment that we were there."

Zach - February 12, 2020
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Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

Balule Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit, South Africa, 1380 - See map
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Nearby landmarks
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge 10.7 km
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre 13.6 km
Hoedspruit Train Station 21.1 km
Kumbaya Home Decor 23.0 km
Khamai Reptile Park 26.9 km
Air Force Base Hoedspruit 27.2 km
Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop 28.0 km
Radarsig Train Station 30.1 km
Hendrik Van Eck Airport 33.4 km
Bombyx Mori Silk Farm 35.3 km

9.9

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Hygiene Plus
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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Sterilizing equipment
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call
  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Steamroom

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

Value for money9.4
Distance to city center40.00 Km
Location rating9.9

Rooms available at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

Exceptional
Room comfort & quality
10.0
Suite 5
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Chalet (1)
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Chalet 3
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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Suite 4
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Suite 3
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Chalet 1
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Suite 1
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Water Suite
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Suite 2
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Chalet 2
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 1055 ZAR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hotel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests.

Is breakfast offered at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive.

What are my dining options at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

  • 10.0

    Exceptional

    "Right from start we felt the extremely high levels of customer service."

    Asif

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    February 19, 2020

  • 10.0

    Exceptional

    "Everything was good from the moment we first set foot on the resort."

    Edwin

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    August 20, 2019

  • 10.0

    Exceptional

    "The chefs really created magic with food - delicious and sumptuous."

    Asif

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    February 19, 2020

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9.9/10
Service score
10/10
Cleanliness score
9.9/10
Room comfort score
10/10
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Overall rating:

9.8

Exceptional
33 reviews
Cleanliness
9.9
Facilities
9.7
Location
9.9
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We had a really nice time and would not hesitate to recommen...
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More about Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

More about Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

Conveniently located in Hoedspruit, Pondoro Game Lodge is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Pondoro Game Lodge offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, gift/souvenir shop, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park.

Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include mirror, towels, closet, internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, outdoor pool, spa. Whatever your purpose of visit, Pondoro Game Lodge is an excellent choice for your stay in Hoedspruit.

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What they offer

10.0

Exceptional

"We definitely are extremely happy and satisfied that we made..."

Asif

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February 19, 2020

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Restaurants on site

Restaurant
Cuisine:African
Menu:Buffet

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9.8
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10
Exceptional
Cleanliness9.9
Facilities9.7
Location9.9
Room comfort and quality10.0
Service10.0
Value for money9.4
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10.0
Exceptional
Asif from Netherlands
Couple
Chalet (1)
Stayed 2 nights in February 2020

Best decision to stay at Pondoro! ”

We spent over a week searching for the best place to stay - and decided on Pondoro due to very high customer ratings. We definitely are extremely happy and satisfied that we made this choice. Everything at Pondoro was perfect!! Room: We stayed in a suite and thoroughly enjoyed it. The room was huge with a balcony overlooking the Olifants river. We relaxed in Jacuzzi in the balcony outside in afternoon. Bed was very comfortable and helped us to get great sleep. Staff: The best staff ever in any hotel. Right from start we felt the extremely high levels of customer service. Game Drives: Very knowledgeable rangers. We got 2 game drives per day - we did all drives and saw Big 5 and much more. Food: Whatever I will say about the food at Pondoro will not do full justice. The chefs really created magic with food - delicious and sumptuous. The waiting staff treated guests with extreme delight. Thanks Team Pondoro for making our stay and Valentine's Day in Kruger so special.

Reviewed February 20, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
Andrew from United Kingdom
Couple
Suite 2
Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

The most amazing holiday - big 5 ”

From start to finish, Pondoro went out of their way to make our holiday perfect. All of the staff are super friendly, helpful and professional. The location is stunning- overlooking the river and hippos. The suites are beautifully decorated and offer peace and seclusion whilst being looked after perfectly. The game drives were fantastic and we were fortunate enough to see everything which we wanted. Pondoro is private and so you do not see other vehicles on the game drives and you can get close to the animals. I can not recommend Pondoro enough- the most memorable and special holiday. A huge thanks to all the wonderful staff.

Reviewed June 12, 2019

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9.7
Exceptional
Stephen from Australia
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in March 2014

Outstanding, Top Class!”

Peacefulness, Sensational food and wonderful friendly staff

Sensational place to stay in every way. We had the full board; and whilst a little pricey, we were extremely satisfied with our decision and what we received in return. The Staff are the nicest people you will meet and led by lovely Liza (Owner) who can not do enough for you. She also has trained her cooks to deliver her Grandmother's recipes so the food is first class with all the trimmings (yum, I miss them already). If you can afford it, I recommend to look no further and stay at Pondoro for your relaxing stay. We saw the big 5 and many more animals going out on our two safari drives per day. Your driver and guide are excellent so relax when you put your full trust in them, they know what they are doing. One of the best holidays of our lives and will never forget Kruger and Pondoro lodge.

Reviewed March 25, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Steve from United Kingdom
Couple
Chalet 1
Stayed 3 nights in February 2020

A truly wonderful experience”

I couldn't possibly articulate the true value of our time at Pondoro. My wife and I stayed here for three nights in Feb 2020 and were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped foot of our flight. This wasn't a 'stay' - it was an experience. The lodge, the food, the game drives, the staff, the extra special touches - all these elements combined together to create the most memorable experience and one we'll never forget. I hope the staff feel proud for what has been accomplished at Pondoro, it is truly a special place.

Reviewed February 21, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
Sandy from Australia
Couple
Suite 1
Stayed 3 nights in August 2017

Excellent Safari Lodge”

We stayed here 4 days 3 nights. Enjoyed every minute of it. The schedule planned by the lodge was perfect. There was never a dull moment. You get 2 games drives, 1 bush walk and 3 five stars meal each day. All staff members were extremely friendly and fun. Trackers are so professionally and skilled. I told them I want to see lion and they found me lions (there were only 4 lions in 100 square km). Thanks for an amazing time Pondoro!

Reviewed August 28, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Japji from United States
Couple
Suite 2
Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

The best hospitality experience EVER!!”

We booked the trip as the last leg of our own honeymoon in South Africa and fair to say, we were absolutely blown away by Pondoro. The property is beautiful and since they have a small number of lodges, they create a highly personalized experience. The staff, service, and overall hospitality is truly world class and the best my wife and I have ever experienced (and we've traveled all over the world!) Some highlights: 1) Very friendly and knowledgeable safari rangers (s/t Rey) and trackers (s/t Eric). We saw the big 5 comfortably on a 3 day trip 2) We stayed in the Water Suite and it's a stunning piece of property overlooking the reserve. We saw Giraffes, Hippos, Bush bucks, from our bed! 3) Amazing staff that plans surprises throughout your stay!! Amazing dinner experiences 4) Owners greet you and spend time with you on a daily basis! 5) Kelly, the manager, is on top of her game 24/7 STAY HERE!!

Reviewed December 08, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Adam from United Kingdom
Couple
Water Suite
Stayed 4 nights in January 2018

I don't usually leave reviews but.......”

Pondoro really was beyond all expectations and we really couldn't recommend it more. The staff were amazing, our guides Eric and Marius were brilliant. If I could give this 6/5 I would. Thanks for an amazing honeymoon Pondoro!

Reviewed January 17, 2018

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9.7
Exceptional
Stephen from Australia
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in March 2014

Outstanding, Top Class!”

Peacefulness, Sensational food and wonderful friendly staff

Sensational place to stay in every way. We had the full board; and whilst a little pricey, we were extremely satisfied with our decision and what we received in return. The Staff are the nicest people you will meet and led by lovely Liza (Owner) who can not do enough for you. She also has trained her cooks to deliver her Grandmother's recipes so the food is first class with all the trimmings (yum, I miss them already). If you can afford it, I recommend to look no further and stay at Pondoro for your relaxing stay. We saw the big 5 and many more animals going out on our two safari drives per day. Your driver and guide are excellent so relax when you put your full trust in them, they know what they are doing. One of the best holidays of our lives and will never forget Kruger and Pondoro lodge.

Reviewed March 25, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Sandy from Australia
Couple
Suite 1
Stayed 3 nights in August 2017

Excellent Safari Lodge”

We stayed here 4 days 3 nights. Enjoyed every minute of it. The schedule planned by the lodge was perfect. There was never a dull moment. You get 2 games drives, 1 bush walk and 3 five stars meal each day. All staff members were extremely friendly and fun. Trackers are so professionally and skilled. I told them I want to see lion and they found me lions (there were only 4 lions in 100 square km). Thanks for an amazing time Pondoro!

Reviewed August 28, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Edwin from Singapore
Group
Water Suite
Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

a wonderful first game reserve experience”

The Pondoro team took excellent care of us. Everything was good from the moment we first set foot on the resort. Service staff were very friendly and our assigned trackers/guide for our game drives were so knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a really nice time and would not hesitate to recommend this resort

Reviewed August 20, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Robert from United Kingdom
Couple
Suite 2
Stayed 4 nights in April 2019

Amazing! Do it.”

Pondoro is expensive but worth it. Surpassed all of our expectations. Far superior safari, accommodation and food experience compared to others. It's pricey for a reason.

Reviewed May 06, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Monique from United States
Couple
Chalet - 1-Bedroom
Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

Beautiful place with exceptional staff!!!”

Alicia and the staff were wonderful! I can’t say enough about all of them! Everyone was so attentive and focused on making sure we enjoyed our stay. Unfortunately, I fell ill upon arrival so I missed a day,but the staff showed great concern and took good care of me. They had a doctor on call who came to see me and they provided the care I neeeded. But all was not loss, I was up and running they next day and Alicia and Cornelia provided a beautiful breakfast table on the banks of the river. The table setting was absolutely beautiful and we were able to see the hippos during our breakfast and by the end a herd of elephants crossing the river.The evening rides were also very nice with the staff setting a table of white linens for wine and refreshments they packed for us. We saw all of the big five with the exception of the buffalo during our rides. But as luck would have it on our way out to the airport we saw the buffalo. The lodge was small/intimate and tastefully designed as pictured!

Reviewed March 20, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Adam from United Kingdom
Couple
Water Suite
Stayed 4 nights in January 2018

I don't usually leave reviews but.......”

Pondoro really was beyond all expectations and we really couldn't recommend it more. The staff were amazing, our guides Eric and Marius were brilliant. If I could give this 6/5 I would. Thanks for an amazing honeymoon Pondoro!

Reviewed January 17, 2018

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9.2
Exceptional
Helene from United Kingdom
Couple
Chalet (1)
Stayed 3 nights in January 2020

Fantastic bush experience ”

Wonderful food & beautiful room. The staff took great care of us & we loved our time at Pondoro. Great game viewing too... Magical!

Reviewed January 21, 2020

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9.6
Exceptional
Florian from Switzerland
Couple
Suite 2
Stayed 3 nights in February 2019

Exceptional”

This was an exceptional experience, the lodge itself, the safaris and also the staff was absolutely amazing. The lodge is beautiful and located just by the river. The safari terrain varies greatly, the rangers and spotters were great and we could see all the Big 5 several times up close. It was an experience of a lifetime, will go there again for sure! Very very loving and friendly staff at the lodge, it felt like a home away from home!

Reviewed March 06, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Robbie from United States
Couple
Suite 2
Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

Fantastic time at Pondoro Lodge ”

Enjoyed 3 days at Pondoro - everything was perfect the food, staff and accommodations. The suites are large and gorgeous - special shout out Sam and Dion our Ranger and Tracker they were incredible. We saw all of the big cats and big 5 plus lots more by day 2.

Reviewed October 27, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Merete from Denmark
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in May 2013

Paradise in South Africa. Kruger area.”

Beautiful setting. Wonderful room. Great food. Exceptional staff

This lodge is paradise and it is so good to know that a palace like this exist. The staff were exceptional, the accommodation perfect and beautiful , and the game exceptional. The food and the efforts to make the stay exceptional was incredible. I will return!

Reviewed June 12, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Zach from United States
Couple
Suite 1
Stayed 3 nights in January 2020

Amazing stay at Pondoro”

My wife and I stayed at Pondoro for our honeymoon and could have been happier. The staff are incredible and really took care of us for every moment that we were there. I would highly recommend staying at Pondoro!

Reviewed February 13, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
Hans from Germany
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in April 2013

The best lodge in the Kruger National Park!”

wonderful, friendly, luxurious

I have stayed in several lodges in private reserves of the Kruger National Park, and Pandoro exceeds all others by far. The staff, the lodge as well as the food is oustanding. I would book it again anytime!

Reviewed April 19, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Monique from United States
Couple
Chalet - 1-Bedroom
Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

Beautiful place with exceptional staff!!!”

Alicia and the staff were wonderful! I can’t say enough about all of them! Everyone was so attentive and focused on making sure we enjoyed our stay. Unfortunately, I fell ill upon arrival so I missed a day,but the staff showed great concern and took good care of me. They had a doctor on call who came to see me and they provided the care I neeeded. But all was not loss, I was up and running they next day and Alicia and Cornelia provided a beautiful breakfast table on the banks of the river. The table setting was absolutely beautiful and we were able to see the hippos during our breakfast and by the end a herd of elephants crossing the river.The evening rides were also very nice with the staff setting a table of white linens for wine and refreshments they packed for us. We saw all of the big five with the exception of the buffalo during our rides. But as luck would have it on our way out to the airport we saw the buffalo. The lodge was small/intimate and tastefully designed as pictured!

Reviewed March 20, 2018

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