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Situated in the 40, 000 ha Balule Private Nature Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro Game Lodge is well known for its regular sightings of a vast variety of game species. A drive of approximately 5 hours from Johannesburg will take you from the hustle and bustle of the city into the heart of safari country where sightings of members of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) are frequent.

Your safari accommodation allows you to indulge in ultimate luxury and two choices are available to the safari guest.

Standard Chalets: three beautifully decorated and architecturally designed chalets overlook the Olifants River and its frequent animal visitors. Each chalet has en-suite bathrooms with a shower overlooking the river, air-conditioning, romantic mosquito nets and a wooden deck.

Luxury Suites: each of the five luxury suites offers modern comforts in an ancient setting. Your suite is air-conditioned, with a lounge area, a private wooden deck that overlooks the Olifants River and an outdoor shower for the more adventurous.

All meals are an extraordinary fusion of traditional African cuisine combining with modern European trends and vegetarians are catered for. A wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the river is the venue for your gastronomic experience.

Morning and evening game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 safari vehicles accompanied by experienced and qualified guides, always willing to share their knowledge of the bush with you. A road/track network of over 350 km extends through the 9, 000 ha of traversing rights held by Pondoro. All vehicles are in radio contact with other lodges to avoid congestion at sightings and ensure good game viewing. Apart from the Big 5, a vast variety of other animal species, and prolific bird life, may be seen on your safari drive. African wild dogs have been reintroduced into the Pondoro traversing area.

Pondoro is one of a few private game lodges situated on a perennial river, the Olifants. Regular sightings of crocodile and hippopotamus are made and an armed guide accompanies your bush walk. The Lodge also has three bush hides overlooking waterholes and these may be visited.


(per person, per night, sharing)

Standard Chalet: low season from R1595; high season from R1995

Luxury Chalet: low season from R2195; high season from R2690

Rates are inclusive of accommodation, three meals a day, morning and evening safari game drive and walking safari

Please note that all rates are subject to change without prior notice and are subject to availability.  The rates may change for various reasons (e.g. rate of exchange fluctuation) and from season to season, and the above prices are to be used as an approximate indication only.

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