Pondoro Game Lodge
Balule Reserve, South Africa

If you’re looking for romantic and exclusive safari accommodation in the Balule Game Reserve, look no further than Pondoro Game Lodge.

Why We Love it and You Will Too

  • Pondoro’s most impressive feature, aside from its excellent service, is the stunning view from the main deck over the veld and the Olifant’s River where a profusion of wildlife regularly congregate.
  • Early morning and evening game drives depart daily with no more than 8 guests, ensuring an intimate and meaningful viewing experience. 
  • Stretch out your legs on a guided nature walk, or book a picnic lunch at the hide. A safari at Pondoro Game Lodge is all about personalisation, instead of following a strict safari routine. 
  • If you’d like to feel closer to nature, try a night or two in the ultra-comfortable Treehouse Hide overlooking the waterhole (lit up by spotlight). It’s incredibly romantic, and perfect for potential honeymooners. 
  • If you’re interested in conservation, join the optional anti-poaching tour on either Wednesday or Saturday. You’ll meet the ladies who make up the “Black Mambas”, and find out why they are so effective in saving South Africa’s rhino population. 

Your Pondoro Game Lodge Experience

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Pondoro Game Lodge is set on the banks of the Olifants River which cuts through the heart of the Balule Game Reserve. It’s the perfect location for a South African safari, and if you want one that ticks all the boxes when it comes to sheer luxury, this is it. 

The best way to describe Pondoro would be to take all the best features from all the top lodges in the country and combine them into one. The owners really have thought of everything, and you can be assured of only the highest quality when it comes to service.   

At the main lodge itself, the five-star kitchen offers an extraordinary culinary adventure, fusing traditional African cuisine with modern European trends. Meals are served on the deck to get the most out of those phenomenal views over the river. Pondoro Game Lodge also features its very own spa and gym, a private wine cellar and a rock pool. The telescope is a thoughtful touch when it comes to stargazing after dinner.  

We also give a thumbs up to the number of guests per safari vehicle being limited to eight, which allows for an intimate game-viewing experience. The guides here are as good as they come, and aside from being master storytellers, they work well as a team getting you where you need to be within the reserve to catch all the live animal action. 

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