We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
14/05/2017 15/05/2017
    There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
    • {providername} {price}
    {providername} {price}
      {listitems}
    {sold_out_text}
    We can't find prices for this accommodation
    From {rate_price} {rate_periodicity}

    Pondoro Game Lodge

    Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
    Hotel website
    Save
    May 14
    May 15
    1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
    Traveller (790)
    Room & Suite (140)
    Dining (54)
    Naledi Bushcamp and Enkoveni Camp
    1,028 reviews
    #2 of 19 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
     
    Senalala Luxury Safari Camp
    208 reviews
    #1 of 15 Speciality lodging in Klaserie Private Game Reserve
     
    Sausage Tree Safari Camp
    613 reviews
    #1 of 19 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
     
    Kapama River Lodge
    1,602 reviews
    #4 of 4 hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
     
    Overview

    • Excellent94%
    • Very good3%
    • Average1%
    • Poor1%
    • Terrible0%
    Travellers talk about
    “our honeymoon” (51 reviews)
    “the river” (112 reviews)
    “water suite” (14 reviews)
    Free Wifi
    Free Parking
    Breakfast included
    Pool
    Restaurant
    Room Service
    Bar/Lounge
    Fitness centre
    Spa
    5 Star Hotel
    All hotel details
    Offers from Pondoro Game Lodge
    Special Price: Low season 10% off
    Naledi Bushcamp and Enkoveni Camp
    1,028 reviews
    #2 of 19 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
     
    Senalala Luxury Safari Camp
    208 reviews
    #1 of 15 Speciality lodging in Klaserie Private Game Reserve
     
    Sausage Tree Safari Camp
    613 reviews
    #1 of 19 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
     
    Kapama River Lodge
    1,602 reviews
    #4 of 4 hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
     
    {"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
    Rooms
    14 May15 May
    |
    1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
    Standard Room

    Getting you more information on this room

    Free Cancellation
    Select
    Show Available Rooms
    We're sorry, there are no rooms available on TripAdvisor. Please change your dates, or view 0 other deal from
    We're sorry, there are no rooms available on TripAdvisor. Please change your dates, or view all Balule Nature Reserve hotels with availability
    Standard Room

    Getting you more information on this room

    Free Cancellation
    Select
    {"BOOKING_FEATURES": ["IB_STREAMLINED_SELECTED_ROOM","IB_NEW_REG_FLOW_INTERRUPTER","IB_SHOW_EMAIL_FOR_INSECURE_LOGIN","RCMS_INLINE_ROOM_GRID_MAX_OCC","IB_POST_BOOKING_LOGIN","IB_IRG_PERFORMANCE_METRICS","IB_IRG_MATCH_META","CHILDREN_SEARCH","IB_DW_INLINE_PASSWORD","IB_DW_CCNAME_WITH_AUTOCOMPLETE","IB_IRG_PERFORMANCE_METRICS_MOBILE","IB_BOOKNOW_CLEAN_WITH_ICON_SHORT_BTN","STORED_CARDS","IB_POST_BOOK_LOGIN_CTA","IB_PRICE_WINS_COPY","IB_DW_PROMPT_KNOWN_EMAIL","IB_PRICES_OUTSIDE_ROOM_BUTTON","IB_EXIT_INTERRUPTER","IB_SHOW_AMENITIES_AS_ICONS","IB_NEW_REG_FLOW","META_AIR","IB_INLINE_ROOM_GRID","IB_TIME_OF_STAY_PAYMENT_TYPES_V3","IBEX_HIGH_EQUITY_BRANDING","IB_PRICE_WINS_POST_TX","IB_BOOKING_FORM_FAVICON","IB_URGENCY_BLOCK","IB_NEW_REG_FLOW_POST_BOOK"] , "IMPRESSION_KEY": "a2746a9fe4284a2f9a5e3974dbb91d2f", "roomSelectionModel": {"partnerInfos":[],"multiplePartners":false,"polling":{"locationId":471871,"bookingSessionId":null,"detailedAvailabilityKey":null,"commerceContentIds":[],"additionalContentIds":[],"pollCount":0,"checkin":{"day":14,"month":5,"year":2017},"checkout":{"day":15,"month":5,"year":2017},"adults":2,"child_rm_ages":"","rooms":1,"display_rooms":300,"entryPrice":-1,"entryCurrency":"USD","complete":true,"formKey":"","showAllRooms":true,"genNewBookingSessionId":false,"winningProviderAtClick":"","selectedRoomKey":null,"impressionKey":"a2746a9fe4284a2f9a5e3974dbb91d2f","navArea":null,"referringServlet":"Hotel_Review","highestMetaPrice":0,"lowestMetaPrice":0,"additionalPartner":false,"highestMetaPriceDisplay":0,"roomsToVerify":[],"clazz":null},"summary":null,"unavailable":true,"metaOffers":[],"mismatchCheckModel":null,"totalMediaCount":0,"hotelPhotos":[],"noticeHeaderMessage":null,"moreProviders":null,"lowestPricePartner":null,"showAllRooms":true,"isMetaCheaper":false,"isBookingLessThanOrEqualToMeta":null,"avgHistoricalPrice":0.0,"avgHistoricalDisplayPrice":null,"expressBookState":{"hasFullTravelerInfo":false,"hasReducedBillingInfo":false,"hasFullBillingInfo":false},"highestMetaPrice":-1,"lowestMetaPrice":-1,"highestMetaPriceDisplay":-1,"hotelName":"Pondoro Game Lodge","hasSpecialTimeOfStayTaxes":false,"trackingTree":null,"trackingTreeId":null,"showPriceHoverTooltip":false,"trackingContext":"eyJzdGF0ZSI6IkhPVEVMX0FVQ1RJT04iLCJwIjoiSFJfTWFpbkNvbW1lcmNlIiwiaWRzIjp7IkJGSyI6ImEyNzQ2YTlmZTQyODRhMmY5YTVlMzk3NGRiYjkxZDJmIiwiQUlLIjoiOThlODI5Y2Q2YWU4NDI1YzkwMGJlZjA5OTg3ZjJkOTQifSwiZW50cnlTZXJ2bGV0IjoiSG90ZWxfUmV2aWV3In0=","cheaperPricesExist":false,"enableLPF":false,"priceDropPercent":0,"canExpandRooms":false,"expandRoomsToAllPartners":false,"roomSelectionKey":null,"useSupplierDirectTreatment":false,"isSupplierDirect":false,"showProviderSeparator":false,"clazz":null,"seeMoreMessage":null,"seeMoreIFrameMessage":null,"isPricelineCom":false}, "ibAvailability": false, "metaAvailability": false, "topOfferIsIB": false, "numHacTries": -1, "checkIn": "14/05/2017", "checkOut": "15/05/2017", "lowestPrice": null, "hasDates": true, "hacComplete": true, "contentIdMappings": {}, "pollingEnabled": false, "preventScroll": false, "offerClickToken": null, "conditionalUpdate": false, "mightGetRooms": true, "divClasses": "ppr_rup ppr_priv_hr_inline_room_grid_hsx", "singlePartnerRoomGridWidget": {"widget":{"name":"ibex_room_grid_hsx","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_room_grid_hsx","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))","tracking":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'tracking'))"},"moduleList":["handlers","tracking"],"template":"ibex_room_grid_hsx__widget","dust":{"sub_header":"ibex_room_grid_hsx__sub_header"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}, "multiPartnerRoomGridWidget": null, "mismatchMessage": {"widget":{"name":"ibex_mismatch_message","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_mismatch_message","js":{"handler":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handler'))"},"moduleList":["handler"],"template":"ibex_mismatch_message__widget","dust":{}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}, "maxRoomsToShow": 300, "isTablet": false, "roomGridRowWidget": {"widget":{"name":"ibex_room_grid_row_hsx","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_room_grid_row_hsx","js":{},"moduleList":[],"template":"ibex_room_grid_row_hsx__widget","dust":{"amenities":"ibex_room_grid_row_hsx__amenities","condition_col":"ibex_room_grid_row_hsx__condition_col","price_text":"ibex_room_grid_row_hsx__price_text","reservation_col":"ibex_room_grid_row_hsx__reservation_col"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}, "mismatchMessageLightbox": null, "deviceInfo": "OtherOS OtherBrowser", "bookOnTripAdvisor": "Book on <img class=\"ibHeaderImg\" alt=\"TripAdvisor\" src=\"https:\/\/static.tacdn.com\/img2\/branding\/hotels\/sherpa-TA.png\"\/>"}
    Traveller rating
    Traveller type
    Time of year
    Language
    • More languages
    Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

    There are not enough words of praise and thanks to express the wonderful holiday our friends at Pondoro created for my family and me during our early December four night visit. Our arrival and reception by Lize at the lodge was so warm we felt...More

    Helpful?
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge

    Dear patricksQ2068ET, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are grateful that we could live up to your expectations and that you had a wonderful time. Rul, Andries and Lize, off course, will be elated about your kind words....More

    Reviewed 8 January 2017

    We stayed, unfortunately, only two nights at Pondoro. Almost everything about our stay was perfect! The welcoming, the excellent food, the lovely staff and of course also our game drives with Rul and Roland. The only pitty was, that we have never received the wine...More

    Helpful?
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge

    Dear 1981nic0le, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Look like you had a fabulous time at Pondoro. I am very sorry to hear about the wine list incident. We have already addressed the issue. Too late unfortunately for your...More

    Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

    Robbie, Lize and all the staff have made our numerous visits to Pondoro treasured memories. We simply love this place. The game drives never cease to be amazing; food, wine and accommodation are excellent. We'll be back in January and we cannot wait!More

    Helpful?
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge

    Dear shar0nchell, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been, as always, a pleasure to host you at Pondoro. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and are looking forward to the...More

    Reviewed 23 December 2016

    My husband and I had a wonderful time at Pondoro. We saw all of the Big 5. Our spotter and ranger were both fantastic. The staff was the best we've experienced. Accommodations are wonderful. We can't recommend this place enough.

    Helpful?
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge

    Dear goldenbrown123, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for recommending Pondoro and great to read that the safari, guides and service was wonderful. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family

    Reviewed 12 December 2016

    We went there on honeymoon and the service is fantastic. They went the extra mile over and over again. The private rooms are gorgeous. The amenities are fantastic and you will be well-fed. And of course, the game drives were the best part.More

    Helpful?
    Response from Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge

    Dear andrewoverton, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon vacation. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the rooms, service and game drives were...More

    Naledi Bushcamp and Enkoveni Camp
    1,028 reviews
    #2 of 19 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
     
    Senalala Luxury Safari Camp
    208 reviews
    #1 of 15 Speciality lodging in Klaserie Private Game Reserve
     
    Sausage Tree Safari Camp
    613 reviews
    #1 of 19 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
     
    Kapama River Lodge
    1,602 reviews
    #4 of 4 hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
     
    About
    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Pool
    • Free Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Breakfast included
    • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
    • Room Service
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
    • Hotel Amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Airport Transportation
    • Breakfast included
    • Laundry Service
    • Multilingual Staff
    • Room Service
    • Room amenities
    • Minibar
    • Things to do
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
    Details
    • Price range
    • USD 656 - USD 1,068 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
    • Hotel class
    • Room types
    • Suites ,
    • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
    • Family Rooms
    Photos
    Traveller (790)
    Room & Suite (140)
    Dining (54)
    Pool & Beach (19)
    Nearby
    Nearby Hotels
    Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
    338 reviews
    6.68 km away
     
    Kurhula Wildlife Lodge
    249 reviews
    1.00 km away
     
    Nearby Restaurants
    The Hat & Creek - Hoedspruit
    370 reviews
    21.63 km away
    Buffalo Pub & Grill
    209 reviews
    31.59 km away
    Cala la Pasta Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
    276 reviews
    21.56 km away
    Bushveld Terrace Hotel - Restaurant
    36 reviews
    33.17 km away
    Nearby Attractions
    Amarula Lapa
    59 reviews
    26.60 km away
    Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
    195 reviews
    32.71 km away
    Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre
    748 reviews
    39.37 km away
    Abel Erasmus Pass
    28 reviews
    46.54 km away
    Questions & AnswersAsk a question
    Savanna I
    Has anyone been in January/February and can tell me about the bugs? Will regular bugspray be enough or should we wear long sleeves and pants even though it is very hot?
    11 January 2017|
    Answer Show all 2 answers
    Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
    Dear Savanna I, Only bugs a day or 2 after after good rains. It is not a problem during safari drives, but can be irritating during dinner. In the day it is fine. Long sleeves and pants are not really necessary. You may... More
    1
    Vote
    alladesertrose
    Would you please tell me which unit has indoor shower ? which one can have two twin beds? Which one has outdoor jakuzi? What weather is at the beginning of September? We are planning to stay for 4 nights Aug31 to Sept 4. Thank you.
    3 December 2016|
    Answer Show all 3 answers
    Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
    All the suites have indoor and outdoor showers. Hardekool and Wildevy chalets have indoor showers. All our rooms can be changed to twins. All the suites have a Jacuzzi. Early morning can still be chilly. Wear jackets or... More
    0
    Votes
    Renee P
    Hi! Your lodge looks amazing. Beside the bush dinner night, Do you typically offer communal meals or serve at individual tables? Also, is it possible to make arrangements to get a bush dinner on a 2-night stay? Is the bush dinner communal or private? Thanks!
    29 August 2016|
    Answer
    Response from Robbie_Prehn | Property representative |
    Thank you. Meals are served at individual tables. We can arrange a river dinner on a 2 night stay. It is usually communal, but let us know your preference. Please email our reservations and inform Annchen about your... More
    0
    Votes
    Room Tips
    "All the suites we saw were great, but the big specialty suites have larger decks with integrated hot tubs..."
    Read review
    "As for room away from the main building."
    Read review
    "Our bungelow was wonderful. Great views everywhere."
    Read review
    "All rooms we saw were great although some had better views of the river."
    Read review