Pondoro Game Lodge
Suite: Outside view Tree Suite
Suite: Outside view
Tree Suite

Pondoro Game Lodge

Nestled on the banks of the perennial Olifants River amongst the majestic ebony trees which have weathered the centuries, Pondoro offers a tranquil haven exclusively for 16 guests. The lodge is situated in the 50k ha Balule Nature Reserve, inside Greater Kruger National Park, home to an abundance of animals for excellent viewing, including the big five.


South Africa


The Serenity Spa at Pondoro offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, where one is surrounded by elegant decor and cascading waterfalls, in an environment with a breathtaking ambience.

Need to Know

An authentic safari experience is guaranteed, with only eight air-conditioned suites, each of which offers breathtaking views of the river. Pondoro is owner- managed which ensures an impeccable standard of service and warm hospitality, and the fantastic location of Kruger Park ensures that client transfers to the lodge are swift, easy and totally comfortable.


Driving, walking. The reserve is part of the Greater Kruger National Park that has a high density and variety of wildlife.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Ask about

  • the reintroduction of black rhino – endangered in Africa – in the Pondoro traversing area.
  • the famous all woman Black Mamba antipoaching team tour done every Wednesday and Saturday.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Spa treatments

Black Mamba Anti Poaching Unit tours
Hans Merensky golf course
Cultural village tours



Swimming pool, restaurant, bar, library, massage, gymnasium, spa, laundry, mosquito nets, electricity, air con bedrooms, ceiling fans, internet access, mini bar and coffee and tea facilities


Total 8 thatched chalets, all en suite

3 Chalets and 5 Suites


World Boutique Hotel Awards:

Winner – Africa’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway 2017

Winner -  Africa’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway 2016

Haute Grandeur:

Winner – Best Safari Retreat in Africa 2017

Winner – Best Romantic Hotel in Africa 2017

Winner – Most Romantic Hotel in Africa 2016

International Hotel Awards:
Winner – Best Small Hotel in Africa 2015
World Luxury Hotel Awards:
Winner – Best Luxury Safari Retreat in the World 2014
Winner - Best Luxury Romantic Hotel in Africa 2013
World Boutique Hotel Awards:
Winner – World’s Best Romantic Retreat 2014
Food 24:
South Africa's Best Medium Sized Wine List 2012


Low Season: May - August

High Season: January - April,
September - December

Pondoro is open all year round

Average StayAverage Stay

3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)


Children PolicyChild Policy

No children under 12

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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