Pondoro Game Lodge Accommodation in Balule, Limpopo

Pondoro Game Lodge

5 Star Game Lodge at Balule Game Reserve, Hoedspruit District, Greater Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa. Show on Map

  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests16
  • Units/Rooms8
  • Minimum Stay2 Nights

About Pondoro Game Lodge

Pondoro Game Lodge is set on the banks of the Olifants River inside the 40,000 ha Balule Nature Reserve, which is situated inside the greater Kruger National Park. There are no fences between Balule Nature Reserve and the Kruger National Park, which means all the animals can move freely between the two reserves.


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 bath and shower overlooking the river), air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a wooden deck.

At Pondoro you are invited to indulge in the ultimate luxury when selecting anyone of our five luxury suites 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 wooden deck, lounge area and an outside shower for those who are adventurous at heart.


At Pondoro Game Lodge, meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where Traditional African Cuisine fuse effortlessly with modern European trends. To compliment the food wine can be selected from our extensive wine cellar. Vegetarians are specially catered for. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River.


Pondoro Game Lodge is situated in Balule Private Nature reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park. Regular Big 5 sightings (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) are encountered during game drives. A reintroduction of African wild dogs has also been done in the Pondoro traversing area.

Morning and evening game drives are done in open game drive vehicles. All guides have more than 5 years experience. Pondoro has rights to traverse on more than 9,000 ha that includes a network of more than 350 km of bush roads.

All game drive vehicles are four wheel drive and this means that the Big 5 can be followed off road into the bush to get a closer view if necessary. Pondoro vehicles are in radio contact with two other lodges and close cooperation ensure good game viewing. The vehicles in the traversing area are restricted to six to ensure that the bush ambience is never lost.

Pondoro is one of the few private lodges in South Africa situated on a perennial river (Olifants River). Because of this, hippos and crocodiles are regularly seen during bushwalks with an armed guide. Three bush hides overlooking waterholes can also be visited.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Airport transfers


Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)

  • Tonight from
  • ZAR 10600
  • per unit per nightbased on 2 persons

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -24.167466666
Longitude: 30.934033333

Closest airport(s)
Phalaborwa Airport - 40km

Children policy
Children over 12 years are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 13h00
Check-out by 11h00

Listed on SA-Venues.com
December 2006 - 1 Review

Travellers' Reviews

great accomodations, excellent service, Had a wonderful stay, would highly recommend the luxury suite, great view of the river, with shower on deck,...

claudia, williamsburg

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