South African Lodges
Address
Balule Private Nature Reserve
Greater Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
Spa
R7430.00SINGLE RATE
FOR TODAY

The Pondoro lodge offers five luxurious suites, and three architecturally designed chalets, all of which promises that all comfort and privacy are met while you enjoy your stay. The rooms are fully air-conditioned and offer some amenities to keep guests comfortable during their memorable African bush experience.

The award-winning, five-star lodge is in the Balule Reserve, which is in the Greater Kruger Park in South Africa. This exclusive Lodge nestles on the riverine banks of the Olifants River promising to provide guests with an unforgettable African experience.

With Pondoro morning and afternoon game drives in the open safari cruisers, you are bound to see many of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) with your expert game rangers and trackers.

Chalet facilities:

  • Beautifully decorated with an African theme
  • En-suite bathroom (with shower and bath overlooking the river)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mosquito nets
  • Wooden deck

Suite amenities:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Private patio
  • Lounge area
  • Outside shower
  • Rockpool style jacuzzi

Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Telescope for stargazing
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fans
  • Rock Pool
  • African / European cuisine
  • Extensive wine cellar
  • Spa and small gym

Dining

Traditional African cuisine, blended with some of the latest European culinary trends are sure to offer visitors a mouth-watering culinary experience. The Pondoro lodge also offers a large selection of wines to compliment their mouth-watering cuisine.  

After dinner, guests enjoy a nightcap out on the lodge's deck and take in the unique sounds of the untamed African bush. All meals are available on the wooden deck, high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River, which is the perfect spot to catch up with some game watching while enjoying your culinary experience.

The bar also stocks a selection of the most beautiful whiskies, from an exquisite blend of single smokey malt, as well as various Ports and Cognacs to be enjoyed on the deck reminiscing the adventures of the day.

Activities

The Lodge offers thrilling morning and evening safaris. Guests can be on the lookout for Africa's untamed 'Big 5' during the adventurous game drives. The safaris are led by expert rangers and trackers who can take their guests to where the best animal sightings are.

Activities include:

  • Panorama Tour - visiting Blyde River Canyon
  • Moholoholo Center - wildlife rehab centre
  • Cheetah breeding project
  • The Elephant Sanctuary
  • Elephant Back Safari
  • Jessica The Hippo - 10-year-old female Hippo
  • Echo Caves
  • Boat cruise on Blyde Dam
  • Shangana Cultural Village
  • Khamai Reptile Park

Spa

The Pondoro spa offers some treatments to help guests relax, d-stress and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul. Treatments range from a glass covered steam room, various massages, body wraps, to a spa bath under the warm African sky. Guests can either enjoy their treatments at the spa surrounded by elegant decor and cascading waterfalls, or in the comfort and privacy of their room.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Separate sitting area
  • Viewing Deck

Restaurants

Dining at the Pondoro Game Lodge

At the exclusive Pondoro Game Lodge in South Africa, traditional African cuisine is combined with delicious modern European flavors.

The Lodge offers a variety of wines can be selected from the extensive wine cellar while the bar offers a selection of some of the finest whiskeys in the world.

After dinner, guests staying at the Pondoro Safari Lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve may relax with a Cuban cigar and a glass of Port or Cognac. The meals are available on a wooden deck set in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River.  An unforgettable bush dinner awaits those who stay at the Pondoro Game Lodge for the third night.

Spa Facilities

The Spa at the Lodge offers an escape for guests to revitalise body, mind and soul.  Relaxing health and beauty spa treatments are provided with an exclusive personal approach.

Spa treatments:

  • massages
  • aromatherapy
  • hot stone therapy
  • body scrubs
  • body wraps
  • spa bath rituals
  • manicures
  • pedicures
  • facials.

Game Drives or Walking Safaris

Guests staying at the luxury Pondoro Game Lodge can take part in their unforgettable game drives and walking safaris. 

The game drive safaris take place in the morning or evening. Guests can be driven around in open safari vehicles while looking for some of Africa's most beautiful wildlife.

The Pondoro Safari Lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, South Africa, also offers walking safaris where guests and their specially trained guide head off and experience the African bush by foot.

Spa treatments
  • body scrubs
  • body wraps
  • spa bath rituals
  • massages
  • aromatherapy
  • hot stone therapy
  • manicures
  • facials and pedicures.
Excursions

Excursions are recommended for guests spending longer than two days at the Pondoro Game Lodge.

Day trips:

  • Panorama tour - visit the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels and the Pinnacle.
  • Moholoholo Centre - Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre provides a home for many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife.
  • Cheetah Breeding Project - open safari vehicles
  • The Elephant Sanctuary - guests, can learn about elephant habits, behavior, personalities and anatomy. Visitors get an opportunity to touch, feed and even walk trunk-in-hand with these magnificent animals.
  • Elephant Back Safaris - this trip includes an introduction and orientation into the personalities of the elephants and then can view treetops, birds’ nests and giraffe almost face to face.
  • Jessica The Hippo - Jessica is a ten-year-old female Hippopotamus. Guests can feed, touch and play with Jessica the Hippo.
  • Echo Caves - the cave consists of impressive stalactites and stalagmite formations. The inside of these natural caverns make for interesting viewing.
  • Boat Cruise on Blyde Dam - the third largest Canyon in the world.
  • Shangana Cultural Village - Shangana invites guests to share their way of life, history, customs, initiation ceremonies, the practice of polygamy, outfits and weapons of macho(warriors), their homes, beadwork, clothing and the preparation of food. The Sangoma explains different multis (medicines) and may throw his bones on request Shangaan dancing.
  • Khamai Reptile Park - a curator, will guide guests through the facility and give you an intimate, hands-on experience with the animals. Visitors can feed, touch and photograph some of the most exotic reptiles.
  • Bombyx Mori Silk Farm - take a journey through silk’s fascinating history and learn how the silk-worms are organically farmed and how the silk cocoons are processed into excellent products.

  • Gym
  • Hotel Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Wine cellar

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Social Responsibility
  • The luxurious Pondoro Game Lodge at the Olifants River in the 40 000ha Balule Private Nature Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park of South Africa aims to ensure that the aesthetics of the region are not ruined, and all signs directing traffic to the lodge are etched into the natural wood.

    No bright colours and harsh lights are permitted here which disrupt nature. To prevent human conflict, the windows and door designs exclude animals such as monkeys and baboons from accessing the chalets at the Pondoro Lodge.

    The vehicles used at Pondoro, South Africa, are all fitted with catalytic converters and emission reduction technology while electricity use is kept to a minimum through energy saving light bulbs and LPG stoves.

    The use of plastic packaging is reserved for soaps in the chalets only, and all other lotions are distributed in refillable containers. The chemicals used at the Pondoro Game Lodge in South Africa are biodegradable and non-toxic.

    Water-wise plants have replaced all other vegetation in the grounds surrounding the area. The lodge has an ongoing initiative to remove all exotic vegetation from the area.

    Staff working at the Pondoro Lodge in South Africa are provided with opportunities to further their studies in their particular field and are also provided with training internally while all staff that are employed at the lodge are from the local previously disadvantaged community.

    South Africa's Pondoro Game Lodge is careful that all external service providers are Black Economic Empowered companies and only local businesses are used.  This lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve is a regular contributor to the local charities within the previously disadvantaged communities.

Available Rooms

Hardekool Chalet

# Rooms:
3

The Luxury Chalets at the magnificent Pondoro Game Lodge in South Africa provide guests with fantastic views of the beautiful Olifants River.  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.

Luxury Chalet features:

  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Air-conditioning
  •  Mosquito nets
  •  Wooden decks
  •  Free WiFi.
Single Room R6690
Double Room R10670

Maroela Chalet

# Rooms:
3

The Luxury Chalets at the magnificent Pondoro Game Lodge in South Africa provide guests with fantastic views of the beautiful Olifants River.  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.

Luxury Chalet features:

  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Air-conditioning
  •  Mosquito nets
  •  Wooden decks
  •  Free WiFi.
Single Room R6690
Double Room R10670

Wildevy Chalet

# Rooms:
3

The Luxury Chalets at the magnificent Pondoro Game Lodge in South Africa provide guests with fantastic views of the beautiful Olifants River.  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.

Luxury Chalet features:

  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Air-conditioning
  •  Mosquito nets
  •  Wooden decks
  •  Free WiFi.
Single Room R6690
Double Room R10670

Buffalo Suite

# Rooms:
5

The Luxury Suites at the five star Pondoro Game Lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, offer guests complete tranquility and privacy. These spacious suites are fully air conditioned and offer guests exclusive and convenient amenities.

Luxury Suite features:

  • Private patio
  • Lounge area
  • Outside shower
  • Rock pool style Jacuzzi
  • Ceiling fans.
Single Room R9670
Double Room R15370

Earth Suite

# Rooms:
5

The Luxury Suites at the five star Pondoro Game Lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, offer guests complete tranquility and privacy. These spacious suites are fully air conditioned and offer guests exclusive and convenient amenities.

Luxury Suite features:

  • Private patio
  • Lounge area
  • Outside shower
  • Rock pool style Jacuzzi
  • Ceiling fans.
Single Room R9670
Double Room R15370

Rock Suite

# Rooms:
5

The Luxury Suites at the five star Pondoro Game Lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, offer guests complete tranquility and privacy. These spacious suites are fully air conditioned and offer guests exclusive and convenient amenities.

Luxury Suite features:

  • Private patio
  • Lounge area
  • Outside shower
  • Rock pool style Jacuzzi
  • Ceiling fans.
Single Room R9670
Double Room R15370

Tree Suite

# Rooms:
5

The Luxury Suites at the five star Pondoro Game Lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, offer guests complete tranquility and privacy. These spacious suites are fully air conditioned and offer guests exclusive and convenient amenities.

Luxury Suite features:

  • Private patio
  • Lounge area
  • Outside shower
  • Rock pool style Jacuzzi
  • Ceiling fans.
Single Room R9670
Double Room R15370

Water Suite

# Rooms:
5

The Luxury Suites at the five star Pondoro Game Lodge in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, offer guests complete tranquility and privacy. These spacious suites are fully air conditioned and offer guests exclusive and convenient amenities.

Luxury Suite features:

  • Private patio
  • Lounge area
  • Outside shower
  • Rock pool style Jacuzzi
  • Ceiling fans.
Single Room R9670
Double Room R15370

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2017-10-16

Loved the evening safari's, I will miss them, accommodation was fantastic !

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.167271

Longitude: 30.934094

Directions

The Pondoro Game Lodge nestles a comfortable 5 hours drive from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Directions from OR Tambo International Airport to the Pondoro Game Lodge:

1. Head southwest on O R Thambo Airport Rd 700 m
2. Slight right 350 m
3. Take the R21 S ramp to Boksburg 300 m
4. Keep right at the fork and merge onto R21 4,1 km
5. At the interchange 429-Rietfontein, keep left and follow signs for N12 toward Witbank 113 km
6. Merge onto N4 (Toll road) 85,8 km
7. Take the exit toward R33 650 m
8. Turn left onto R33 2,8 km
9. Turn right onto Steven Masango St 290 m
10. Continue onto R540 31,9 km
11. Continue onto Lion Cachet St 500 m
12. Continue onto Hugenoten St 1,5 km
13. Continue onto R540 52,3 km
14. Turn left onto R36 2,3 km
15. Turn left onto Voortrekker St/R36/R37 800 m
16. Turn right onto De Clercq St/R36/R37
Continue to follow R36 102 km
17. Turn left to stay on R36 9,9 km
18. Turn right onto R526 25,2 km
19. Turn left onto R40/R526
Continue to follow R40 6,4 km
20. Turn right 2,1 km
21. Turn left 8,1 km
22. Turn left 2,7 km

Pondoro Game Lodge
Balule Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
South Africa

Star Rating

5 Star

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