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Pondoro Game Lodge
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Pondoro Game Lodge is situated on the banks of the Olifants River in Balule Private Game Reserve inside the Greater Kruger National Park. A safari to Africa is about intimacy, tranquility and the romance of a bygone era. This small, exclusive 16-bed lodge fits the mould perfectly with eight chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park.
Experienced guides in open safaricruisers will not only use their knowledge and bushcraft to try and show you the Big Five and other plains game, 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. Your guide will 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. Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuse effortlessly with modern European trends.
2019 Winner Results
Best Safari Lodge (Global), Best Bush Lodge (Africa) and Best Safari Retreat (Africa)
2018 Winner Results
Best Bush Lodge (South Africa), Best Game Lodge (Africa) and Best Safari Retreat (South Africa)