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Pondoro Game Lodge

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Outdoor pool
Premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, individually decorated
Premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, individually decorated

Overview of Pondoro Game Lodge

Pondoro Game Lodge

5 out of 5

5.0/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • All-inclusive
  • Air conditioning

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
Balule Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationHoedspruit Wildlife Estate37 min drive
  • Popular LocationJessica the Hippo61 min drive
  • Popular LocationGrietjie Game Reserve64 min drive
  • AirportHoedspruit (HDS)68 min drive

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About this area


Located in Hoedspruit, Pondoro Game Lodge is in a national park and on a river. Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is a local attraction and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Balule Game Reserve and Makalali Game Reserve.

What's nearby

  • Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate - 37 min drive
  • Jessica the Hippo - 61 min drive
  • Grietjie Game Reserve - 64 min drive
  • The Big Hole - 74 min drive
  • Klaserie Nature Reserve - 81 min drive

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 68 min drive


  • Where to eat
  • On-site dining venue – Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

About this property

Pondoro Game Lodge

All-Inclusive hotel with full-service spa and free breakfast
This smoke-free hotel features a full-service spa, a restaurant and an outdoor pool. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a fitness centre, a bar/lounge and spa services. All 8 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and minibars. Guests can enjoy deep soaking bathtubs, and other standard amenities include patios, sitting areas and room service.
Pondoro Game Lodge offers 8 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with a safe and complimentary bottles of water. Rooms open to patios. This individually decorated and furnished accommodation has separate sitting areas and includes desks. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are provided. Bathrooms include a separate bath and shower with a deep soaking bath, bathrobes, slippers and designer toiletries. Additionally, rooms include a hairdryer and free toiletries. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered on a daily basis.
Guests can experience the thrill of a safari, and take advantage of an outdoor pool. Other recreational amenities include a fitness centre.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa, Serenity Spa. Services include hot stone massages, Swedish massages, facials and body wraps. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic.

All-inclusive details

This hotel is all-inclusive. On-site food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • 24-hour return airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle on request

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Art gallery
  • Ecotours
  • Fitness centre
  • Full-service spa
  • Game/wildlife drives
  • Game/wildlife viewing
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private picnics
  • Safari


  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Turndown service

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - Swedish


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Couples dining
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Premium bedding


  • Bathrobes
  • Deep-soaking bathtub
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Separate bathtub and shower

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar

Outdoor space

  • Patio


  • Desk
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Safe
  • Separate sitting area
  • Slippers
  • Turndown service

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Check-in from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children 11 and younger are not allowed at this property; all guests older than 11 are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: ZAR 185 per person, per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: ZAR 1055 per person (one-way)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Children 11 years old and younger are not permitted at this property
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

National rating

Quality graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organisation.

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 34 out of 34 reviews
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Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 34 reviews
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
The perfect place for safari
We were highly impressed with Pondoro, both for accommodation and quality of game viewing. Our tracker and guide we’re exceptional. We regularly saw the big 5 (and so many leopards, which we’ve struggled to see else where) and a whole range of additional animals from hippos in the river outside the room to a family of porcupines. Our guide always seemed to manage to get us to the viewing before other cars and positioned us perfectly for photos. It was incredible. The accommodation is fantastic, we were upgraded to Earth, a larger suite with a jacuzzi where we watched hippos from (magical). The room had a lounge area, a huge bed, roll top bath and a indoor and outdoor shower. More than you could possibly need! Service was outstanding, everyone was so friendly and helpful and seemed really happy to talk about the animals you’ve seen (even though they must hear about this everyday!). Their passion was great! Finally I’ll just say that the food and wine was superb - we eat constantly, there is so much tasty food! And they set up beautiful special dinners for you. It’s something I’ll remember for a long time. We were very sad to leave and hope to return. Thanks again to all the wonderful staff that made our stay so special!
Stayed 3 nights in Apr 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Amazing in every good way
This place is pretty special. It's located in a private reserve that is joined to Kruger National Park and it's on a river. Sitting on our balcony we saw hippos, giraffes, warthogs, monkeys, different types of antelope, and crocodiles. They have included morning and evening drives drive each day where we saw pretty much everything. The staff is great, very professional but also very friendly. Do at least 4 nights so that you have time to do several drives, a couple walks, a picnic in the tree hide, and still have some time to relax in the lovely room. The only complaint I have is that they really give you a lot of great food and I think I over ate. I guess that's my fault for not being more disciplined.
Stayed 4 nights in Jun 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Luxury and adventure
Pondoro Lodge is a place to remember. The rooms are private and romantic, with views over the river. We loved watching the hippos from the deck at breakfast time. The safari drives were outstanding. We saw so many incredible animals, including a chameleon.
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2018