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Danielle Tan
Muntinlupa, Philippines

A magical place with very special people

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 May 2024
My mother, sister, and I stayed at Pondoro for four nights this month (May 2024). It’s our first time in South Africa, and it was also our first time going on safari’s. We had the most amazing time at Pondoro. Everything about our stay and experience was so thoughtfully planned and executed by their team. The food was excellent, and they feed you so much food all the time. We had the best guide and tracker, both with many years of experience, who always made sure that they gave us the best game. More than doing their jobs as trackers and guides, they were such great people and wonderful company to have on the three to four hour game drives. Thank you to JD, Trent, Rul, Eric, Patricia, Vanessa, Adolight, and everyone else who had made our stay as wonderful as it was. I’ve rated everything a 5/5 all around, but would not hesitate to rate them higher if I could. We loved it here and cannot wait to come back. We highly recommend Pondoro— you won’t regret staying with them.
Date of stay: May 2024
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      Reviewed 13 May 2024

      Pondoro is a very nice lodge with an amazing and cosy interior. The staff is extremely friendly and we felt immediately at home when we arrived.
      Our guides were very knowledgable and passionate and they brought us close to all of the Big Five so we could almost touch them. The game drives were always a lot of fun.

      Room tip: Do the bush walks as the guide has time to explain you also very interesting stuff about the plants and small animals.
      Date of stay: May 2024
      • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Reviewed 22 April 2024

      We booked through AE travel and read numerous reviews of private lodges at Kruger National and decided upon Pondoro Lodge. And are so happy this was our choice! Ground transportation from Hoedspruit airport was arranged by Pondoro and from the moment we touched ground the process was seamless. Bonus. Saw giraffes moments after hopping in the car to Pondoro. It takes about an hour & 20 to arrive at the lodge. We received a warm welcome and a fast check-in to our Wildlevy chalet - it’s a private “pod” located about 100 yards from the spacious outdoor lounge and restaurant area. The room is well equipped and features a lovely deck overlooking the Ollifant River. We enjoyed watching the hippos, elephants and baboons from our special vantage point.
      Our first safari was at 4pm and we saw a couple of giraffes and elephants, herds of impala and the rare wild dogs of Africa. The next morning (prepare for a 4:45am knock on your door) did not disappoint! We were out in the bush for 4+hours and saw dozens of wildlife but the highlight was the pride of 12 or so lions who appeared completely bored by our presence. Over the course of the next 2 days we were thrilled to sight the big 5 plus more with our knowledgeable guide Ru.
      The food and the wine served is top notch. And would recommend you don’t miss a massage with Lily before you leave this magical spot!

      Date of stay: April 2024
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      Reviewed 20 April 2024

      We had an amazing family holiday. We were looked after extremely well . The setting is beautiful. Staff amazing.

      Date of stay: April 2024
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      Reviewed 29 March 2024

      We had the most beautiful week, great rooms, fantastic guides and trackers, fantastic staff! And to be able to see all the animals close, Leopards with cubs, Lions with cubs, sitting in the middle of an Elefant herd, and much much more, soooooo amazing!!! Happy tears everyday! And you made my birthday very very special, thank you!!!!!!!

      Date of stay: March 2024
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      Reviewed 28 March 2024

      Pondoro provided a spectacular experience. Every aspect of the trip was wonderful. The rooms and the grounds were beautifully designed and comfortable. The service was over the top; no request went unanswered. Finally, the safari experiences were phenomenal; the guide was extremely knowledgeable and due to their care with the animals we were able to get great pictures.

      Date of stay: March 2024
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