Overview

  • 5 Luxury Suites & 3 Luxury Chalets
  • Balule Private Game Reserve
  • True african big five safari
  • Award winning & excellent rated

Pondoro is on the banks of the Olifants River inside the 40 000-hectare Balule Nature Reserve. There are no fences between Balule Nature Reserve and the Kruger National Park, which means all the animals move freely between Balule and the Kruger.

All their suites are air-conditioned and offer modern comforts. Each suite has a private wooden deck, a lounge area, a Jacuzzi and an outside shower for those who are adventurous at heart. There are three luxury chalets overlooking the Olifants River. Each chalet has an African theme, an en-suite bathroom with a shower overlooking the river, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a wooden deck.

Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European trends. To complement the food, guests can select wine from our extensive wine cellar. We cater for vegetarians and we serve all meals on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River. An unforgettable bush dinner will await those who stay for the third night.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Affordable luxury safari lodge
  • Located within the private Balule Game Reserve
  • Superb African/European cuisine
  • Award-winning extensive wine cellar
  • Rock pool
  • Game drives with qualified guides and trackers

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • 14% VAT
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Soft drinks, house wines, a selection of spirits and beers
  • Morning and evening game drive
  • Nature walks

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Meals on request
  • Wine cellar
  • Terrace
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Gift shop
  • Safety deposit box
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Airport shuttle

Rooms

Luxury Chalet

Available: 3 chalets Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 1:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

Pondoro Game Lodge has three tastefully designed chalets decorated in keeping with the African aesthetic and overlooking the Olifants River.
All chalets have en-suite bathrooms (with a shower and bath overlooking the river), air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a wooden deck.
Each of the three chalets offers their personal unique decor and provide guests with a private and relaxing setting in which to enjoy their holiday.

Pondoro Game Lodge 

Suite features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Bar
  • Tea and Coffee
  • En-suite
  • Outside Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • View deck
  • Verandah
  • Lounge
  • Swimming pool
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry service
  • Safe
  • Mosquito net

Luxury Suite

Available: 5 suites Unit Sleeps: 2 adults
  • CHECK-IN: From 1:00 PM
  • CHECK-OUT: To 11:00 AM

At Pondoro Lodge you will have the opportunity to choose from 5 truly luxurious suites.
All our suites are air-conditioned and offer modern comforts in an exquisite African wildlife setting. Each suite has a private patio, lounge area, an outside shower and Jacuzzi built into the wooden deck in front of the suites facing the river. This is truly game lodge accommodation at it’s finest.
Each suite offers complete privacy to compliment the romantic setting at Pondoro Game Lodge. The Luxury Suites at the five star Pondoro Game Lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, offer guests complete tranquility and privacy.

Pondoro Game Lodge 

Suite features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Bar
  • Tea and Coffee
  • En-suite
  • Outside Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • View deck
  • Verandah
  • Lounge
  • Swimming pool
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry service
  • Safe
  • Mosquito net

Activities

With no boundary fences between Balule Private Nature Reserve (50 000ha) and the Kruger National Park a great diversity of wildlife is found here. Game drives on our luxury African safaris traverse an area of 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience. Off-road driving on most areas enables the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements. Our experienced guides will not only use all their vast knowledge and bush craft to try and show you the notorious Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and other plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, but they will do their best to paint memories of an Africa that will never fade away.

For the more adventurous, a nature walk with an armed guide would add the thrill of encountering animals on foot.

  • Birding
  • Honeymoons & Weddings
  • Walking Safaris
  • Picnic lunch at the hide
  • Evening game drive with spotlight
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting
  • Spa treatments
  • Shangana Cultural Village
  • Moholoholo Centre

Rates

High Season

DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
01 Jan 2018 - 30 April 2018Luxury ChaletPer person per night sharing From $400
01 July 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 From $400
01 Jan 2018 - 30 April 2018Luxury Suite From $576
01 July 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 From $576

Low Season

DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
01 May 2018 - 30 June 2018Luxury ChaletPer person per night sharing From $359
Luxury Suite From $518

INCLUDED IN THE RATES

The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • 14% VAT
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Soft drinks, house wines, a selection of spirits and beers
  • Morning and evening game drive
  • Nature walks

Reviews

Based on 754 Reviews

Kruger National Park

“Amazing Pondoro”

We just returned from a month trip to South Africa, Egypt and Jordan. Our favourite place during this time was definitely Pondoro. The staff made you feel as if you were part of their family. They greeted you by name every time they saw you. They were always there with a smile when we returned from our game drives. On our drives we saw all of the animals you go to Africa to see; Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo, Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Jackal, Hyena, and more. Every day was a new experience. After the game drives we were treated to the best meals I’ve ever had. One night they surprised us with dinner alongside the river. After the food was served the staff put on a little dancing and singing show. This place was just amazing!!! I will be going back!!

~ John C ~ Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Kruger National Park

“Everything was perfect”

The experience we had at Pondoro was perfect and everything was like a dream. The staff is very friendly, the rooms are big and comfortable, we really felt like we were at home. We loved our picnic, our surprise dinner and our surprise bath, it was very romantic. I would recommend you to anyone, the food is also fantastic and I really hope I can come back one day. I wish we had more nights at Pondoro because I felt that only 2 nights are not enough to enjoy all the great things the lodge can offer. Thank you for this wonderful experience we had, we will never forget.

~ Lenharetto ~ Sao Paulo, SP
Kruger National Park

“Extraordinary experience at Pondoro”

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Pondoro for 3 days during a tour of southern Africa last month. The rooms are large, well appointed, with a view of the Oliphant River and almost constant parade of impala, waterbuck, kudu, and other hooved animals on the banks. Our guide Rule and tracker Andriese were tireless in their efforts to find the “big five” and other wildlife in the reserve. The highlights included viewing of juvenile leopards feeding on a fresh kill, several sightings of lions(including 3 lionesses that almost surprised us during a sundowner drink-spotted by Andriese), and a herd of elephants including some babies that put on quite a show. The game drives were always exciting, but we never felt unsafe. All the meals were delicious and presented to us with a smile by the excellent servers. A word of caution-watch for monkeys who are always on the look-out to snatch a muffin or piece of bread from the table. The dinner near the river and show put on by the staff our last night was another highlight. We have nothing but good things to say about our time at Pondoro-and would recommend it to anyone looking for a game viewing experience in South Africa.

~ sarm78 ~ Springfield, Missouri
Kruger National Park

“Cannot be bettered”

I have been to quite a few game lodges over the years and this rates as one of the best. The location is stunning on the Oliphants River and we had a wonderful view from our terrace. The lodge has a warm, friendly atmosphere and the staff are very helpful and efficient. The reserve itself has the Big 5 and an abundance of impala, wildebeest, warthogs, birds, giraffe, and much more. It is well worth sleeping out in the hide as it is magical waking up to the animals drinking at the waterhole. I also think it is excellent value for money.

~ Caroline47410 ~ Saint Colomb de Lauzun, France

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