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PONDORO GAME LODGE - Balule Game Reserve

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Set on the cool riverine banks of the Olifants River in the 40 000ha Balule Private Nature Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro game lodge offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create a truly unforgettable African safari. 

A safari to Africa is about intimacy, tranquility and the romance of a bygone era. This small, exclusive 16-bed game lodge fits the mould perfectly with 8 chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park. 

A morning and evening safari every day in open safari cruisers in search of the Big 5 ( lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) and other plains game are conducted by expert rangers and trackers and promise an unforgettable safari. The vehicles in our huge concession area are limited and with only 2 allowed at a sighting exclusivity is ensured. Meals are a extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuse effortlessly with modern European trends. Select any of our fine wines from our award winning wine cellar to compliment the food. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants river. 

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

At Pondoro you are invited to indulge in the ultimate luxury when selecting anyone of our 5 luxury chalets during your stay.
All our suites are air-conditioned and architecturally designed offering modern comforts in an ancient setting. Each suite is provided with a private patio, lounge area and an outside shower for those who are adventurous at heart. 
A new addition to all the luxury suites is a rock pool style Jacuzzi built into the wooden deck in front of the suites facing the river. They are all completely private and compliment the romantic setting at Pondoro. Imagine enjoying a glass of port after dinner in the privacy of your own Jacuzzi while being serenaded to by a symphony of bush sounds.
Pondoro has three architecturally designed Luxury chalets overlooking the Olifants River.
Each chalet has been beautifully decorated with an African theme. All chalets have en-suite bathrooms (with a shower and bath overlooking the river), air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a wooden deck.

JACUZZIS

A new addition to all the luxury suites is a rock pool style Jacuzzi built into the wooden deck in front of the suites facing the river. 
They are all completely private and compliment the romantic setting at Pondoro. Imagine enjoying a glass of port after dinner in the privacy of your own Jacuzzi while being serenaded to by a symphony of bush sounds. 

GAME DRIVES AND BUSH WALKS

Early morning game drive
Nature walk
3 Hides for game watching
Evening game drive with spotlight
All game drives in open-topped Land Rovers

Imagine a lion’s pre-dawn roar as the only sound accompanying your early morning wake-up call. As the first rays of the sun melts the African night away, you will find yourself on a open topped Land Rover tracking down amongst others, five of the animals African hunters feared the most.
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.
A nature walk with an armed guide would add the thrill of encountering animals on foot.
Let your guide page with you through nature’s book and explain to you the meaning of various tracks and why tracking is seen as the origin of science.
Your evening drive will be interrupted by sundowners and a sunset out of a Hemingway novel. Thereafter the spotlight might follow grey ghosts as they move silently through the night, bringing back memories of a time when we were the prey and they were the undisputed rulers of the night.

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DINING AND WINE CELLAR

Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where Traditional African Cuisine fused effortlessly with modern European trends. Vegetarians are specially catered for. To compliment the food wine can be selected from our extensive wine cellar. Pondoro has won a Diners Club Platinum award for its wine list in 2009 and again in 2011. This award acts as a benchmark in the restaurant and wine industries in South Africa.
Our bar also stock a selection of some of the finest Whiskies in the world and we should have the perfect whiskey for you whether it is an exquisite blend or smoky single malt.
After dinner relax with a Cuban cigar and enjoy a glass of Port or Cognac while reminiscing about the day that has been.
All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River. An unforgettable bush dinner will await those who stay for a third night.

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SERENITY SPA

Serenity Spa at Pondoro offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, where one is surrounded by elegant décor and cascading waterfalls, in an environment with a breathtaking ambiance.
Revitalize your mind, body and soul with classic spa treatments where an exclusive personal approach is taken incorporating innovative and authentic spa and face treatments which range from a glass covered steam room, a spa bath under the wide African sky to a massage in the privacy of your room.

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More Facilities

Facilities at camp
3 Luxury chalets
5 Luxury suites with private patio’s, lounge and outside showers
Free Wi-Fi access in all the chalets
Telescope for stargazing
Air conditioning and ceiling fans
Rock Pool
Superb African / European cuising
Extensive wind cellar
Spa and small gym

Safari check list

Neutral coloured clothing – Dress casual
Warm jackets for chilly morning and evenings
Comfortable walking shoes
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Sun block
Insect repellant
Anti-malaria tablets
Flashlight
Camera
Binoculars
Extra film

WEDDINGS

Winning an award as the Most Romantic Luxury Hotel in South Africa at the World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Thailand in 2010 was a huge honour for Pondoro Game Lodge.
Choosing us as a safari wedding venue will not disappoint. The Lodge is the ideal romantic safari and wedding destination as Pondoro only caters for 16 guests. This makes us the romantic choice for small safari weddings. Book the whole camp or have a secluded and romantic wedding alone by yourselves. We will tailor make a romantic safari wedding that will exceed your wildest dreams.

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The Safari Wedding Package includes:
Minister
Bridal Bouquet and Buttonhole for the groom
Wedding cake
The exclusive use of a Landcruiser game viewing vehicle as a Bridal car
5 course Wedding Dinner

HONEYMOON

Pondoro Game Lodge won an award as the Most Romantic Luxury Hotel in South Africa at the world Luxury Hotel Awards held in Thailand in 2010.
The fact that we only sleep 16 guests make us an ideal and top safari honeymoon destination. A romantic safari in Africa must rank as one of the best honeymoon places and a safari to Pondoro will not disappoint.
All of our 5 luxury suites are decorated with a different African theme and are used as honeymoon suites. Each suite has a romantic and completely private hot tub or Jacuzzi sunken into a wooden deck facing the Olifants river. Image spending a relaxing afternoon in the hot tub gazing at animals walking past or sipping sherry in the Jacuzzi under the African stars after a romantic dinner for two.

Your African honeymoon safari will be tailored according to your needs. We will ensure that no stone will be left untouched in your quest for the perfect, romantic honeymoon.