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9.7Exceptional

178 reviews

178 reviews

Room comfort and quality 10.0
Service 10.0
Cleanliness 9.9
Location 9.8
Facilities 9.7
Value for money 9.4
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9.8Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Parking
FREE
Closest landmarks
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
10.7 km
Balule Nature Reserve
11.9 km
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
13.6 km
Hoedspruit Train Station
21.1 km
Kumbaya Home Decor
23.0 km

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

Balule Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit, South Africa, 1380 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Hoedspruit part of Hoedspruit, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Air Force Base Hoedspruit. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and hot tub on-site.

Highlights

Hygiene Plus

Sparkling clean

Top Value

Check-in/out [private]

Excellent room comfort & quality

Facilities

Airport transfer

Car park

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Hot tub

Fitness center

Check-in/out [express]

Luggage storage

Value for money9.4
Distance to city center40 km
Location rating9.8

Rooms available at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

Exceptional
Room comfort & quality

10

Suite 5
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Suite 1
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Water Suite
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Suite 4
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Chalet (1)
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Suite 2
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  • Room size: 110 m²/1184 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Chalet 1
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Chalet - 1-Bedroom
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 king bed
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Hardekool Chalet
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
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Chalet
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

Does Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive have bars on-site?

Experience your holiday retreat the best way possible with Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive's bar and poolside bar available right in front of your doorstep for whenever you need a drink or two.

Does Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive offer shuttle service for getting around?

For your convenience when traveling around the city, Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive offers None right where you need it making it simple for you to get to places effortlessly.

Does Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive have a swimming pool?

While relaxing at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive, you can delight in the swimming pool facility to get your day started the best way with a splash for a rejuvenating morning or evening.

Does Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive have a fitness center?

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive features free 24-hour fitness center that is handily located at the tip of your finger, allowing you to get your daily exercise routine in at any hour of the day so you can spend your vacation the way you want. For more details, please contact the property for more information.

Does Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive offer laundry services?

Yes! Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive includes laundry service at your disposal and even hot water linen and laundry washing for whenever you need your favorite shirts or dresses clean and fresh all throughout your holiday. Please contact the property for more information.

When was Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive built?

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive was built in 1997.

At what time of the year is Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive most popular?

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive's most popular month where verified guests travelers have stayed the most is in September.

What was the average room rate for Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive been in the past month?

The typical room rate for Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive in the past month is 17416.23 ZAR, compared to city's average of 5825.47 ZAR.

What payment cards are accepted at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive accepts up to 4, with payment card options including Visa, American Express, and MasterCard.

What do guests love most about Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Past guests that stayed at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive have given this property a rating of 10.0 for its excellent service as the primary highlight for their stay.

What is the average rating that verified Families with older children have given to Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Past families with older children that have stayed at this property have given Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive an average rating of 9.4. You can check out more comprehensive customer ratings and remarks by filtering for a specific type of verified travelers down in the review section.

What is the typical rating that verified Group travelers have given to Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive?

Past group travelers that have stayed at this property have given Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive an average rating of 9.8. You can check out more detailed customer assessments and responses by filtering for a specific type of verified travelers down in the review section.

What people love about Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Spaciousness

    "The room was huge with a balcony overlooking the Olifants river."

    Asif

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    February 19, 2020

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "One of the best travel experience in my lifetime!"

    Dominik

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    September 27, 2023

  • 8.8

    Excellent

    "For the price paid we were happy with the stay."

    Michael

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    January 1, 2023

Property ranking|Compared to 167 Hoedspruit properties
Service score
10/10
Room comfort score
10/10
Location score
9.8/10
Cleanliness score
9.9/10
Better than
99
%
of Hoedspruit properties
Better than
99
%
of Hoedspruit properties
Better than
98
%
of Hoedspruit properties
Better than
98
%
of Hoedspruit properties
More about Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

More about Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive

Enjoy all that Hoedspruit has to offer with a stay at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Enjoy all that Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive has to offer! Free internet access provided within the lodge keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. Exploring Hoedspruit is made even more convenient with the shuttle services available at the lodge.
For guests arriving by car, parking is provided free of charge. Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the lodge's tours. Cold evenings are even better than warm ones, when you can cozy up at the lodge's fireplace.
For longer stays or whenever you need it, the laundry service keeps your favorite travel outfits clean and available. Feel like doing nothing? Available services like room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
All guestrooms at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive provide guests with a range of amenities to ensure a restful night. Enjoy your stay even more at the lodge, knowing that some selected rooms include blackout curtains and air conditioning. Some rooms at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive are available with design features like a balcony or terrace. Don't worry about being thirsty as bottled water, a coffee or tea maker, instant tea and mini bar are provided in some guestrooms.
Bathroom amenities are just as important as others, and at the lodge you'll find a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels available in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Every day at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive begins with a delicious complimentary breakfast. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the lodge assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. Guests with dietary restrictions will appreciate a selection of cuisine types at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive including halal options.
A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
Fill your days with the array of activities and facilities offered at Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive. A beach that's accessible right from the lodge puts you close to the ocean during your stay. A relaxing end to every day is possible with a visit to the massage, hot tub, steam room and spa. Don't forget to make a visit or two to the lodge's pool.
At Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Enjoy your favorite drink in your swimsuit at the lodge's poolside bar. Burn off you vacation calories with a quick visit to the lodge's fitness facility. Challenge your travel group members or other guests to competitive fun, with the lodge's hiking trails. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the lodge's library and shared lounge and TV area.
Got someone special waiting for you back home? Then easily pick up a memorable gift at the shops and souvenir shops.


Reasons to stay here

Compared to the city's accommodation options, this lodge scored higher than 99% of them for food and dining.
According to guests who stayed here, this lodge's room comfort is rated higher than 99% of other accommodations in Hoedspruit.
Past guests love the staff and service here, rating it above 99% of the other accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities

Exceptional
Facilities

9.7

Languages spoken
  • English
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet
  • Internet [LAN]
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub
  • Massage
  • On-site entertainment
  • Outdoor recreational features
  • Pool facilities
  • Pool with view
  • Spa
  • Spa/sauna
  • Steamroom
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Tours
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Body thermometer
  • Breakfast takeaway service
  • Cashless payment service
  • Covid-19 testing service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • A la carte breakfast
  • Alcohol
  • All rooms include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, at no extra cost
  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Bottle of water
  • Breakfast [continental]
  • Breakfast [free]
  • Breakfast service
  • Coffee shop
  • Fruits/snacks
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant [halal]
  • Restaurants
  • Room service
Services and conveniences
  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Concierge
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Food delivery
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Heating in public area
  • Invoice provided
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace
Access
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms
Getting around
  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Shuttle service
Available in all rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Alcohol
  • Balcony/terrace
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Closet
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Desk
  • Fan
  • Free bottled water
  • Free welcome drink
  • Fruits/snacks
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Heating
  • Individual air conditioning
  • In-room safe box
  • Mini bar
  • Mirror
  • Mosquito net
  • Non-smoking
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Private bathroom
  • Private entrance
  • Seating area
  • Separate shower/bathtub
  • Shower
  • Slippers
  • Swimming pool [direct access]
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Wake-up service

Food and dining

Restaurants on site
Restaurant
  • Cuisine: African
  • Menu: Buffet

Location

Balule Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit, South Africa, 1380
Exceptional
Location

9.8

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

Minimum age of guests is: 12 year(s).

Others
  • Please kindly contact Pondoro Game Lodge directly at least three (3) days prior to arrival to confirm if an airport transfer is required.
  • Please kindly note that the rate includes dinner, breakfast, lunch, 2 game drives and 1 game walk as well as accommodation.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from13:00
  • Check-out until11:00
  • Reception open until21:00
Getting around
  • Airport transfer fee1395 ZAR
  • Distance from city center40 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)40
Extras
  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 ZAR
The property
  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsyes
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors1
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 8
  • Room voltage220
  • Year property opened1997
  • Most recent renovation2010
Parking
  • Daily parking fee0 ZAR

Reviews of Pondoro Game Lodge - All Inclusive from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
9.6
Exceptional
Room comfort and quality10.0
Service10.0
Cleanliness9.9
Location9.8
Facilities9.7
Value for money9.4
High score for Hoedspruit
Rating
9+ Exceptional (33)
8-9 Excellent (2)
7-8 Very Good (0)
6-7 Good (0)
<6 Below Expectation (0)

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10.0
Exceptional
Angela from United States
Group
Chalet - 1-Bedroom
Stayed 2 nights in November 2022

Amazing Trip of a Lifetime!”

I can’t say enough about how wonderful our time was at Pondoro Game Lodge! The staff is incredibly friendly, accommodating, and enthusiastic about what they do. We saw so many animals even on our way to the lodge with lovely Lize who made us feel so welcome from the moment we landed at the airport in Hoedspruit. Our tracker Lybon and ranger Rul were incredible as well and made sure we saw the big 5 and then some. We actually saw the big 5 on our first drive in the evening after we arrived! The beautiful lodge is nestled in the trees and right by the river. It is extremely peaceful and beautifully decorated. We felt very comfortable and enjoyed our chalet as well as the common areas where meals and drinks were served. Our room attendant turned down our room twice a day and left us lovely messages. All of the personal touches were so fantastic. The chefs and waitresses were so friendly, attentive, and kind. The food was plentiful and as excellent as the service. I cannot say one bad thing about our experience except that I wish we had more time at Pondoro. I listened to other reviewers who said to search no further and book with Pondoro and I am so glad I did! I urge you to book with Pondoro and can assure you will be very happy. Thank you to all of the amazing folks at Pondoro! We will be back!

Reviewed November 11, 2022
10.0
Exceptional
Siena from United States
Couple
Suite 2
Stayed 4 nights in September 2022

10/10 Recommend! Dying to go back!”

Pondoro Game Lodge went above and beyond our expectations in every way possible! The location is PERFECT backing up to the Olifants River where elephants, hippos, hyenas and even lions were spotted from our room and from the main resort area. All employees from the front desk staff, to the restaurant servers, to the game driver and spotter were outstanding. They all had a great attitude and treated us with so much kindness and respect we felt like they were our family. The game lodge itself is beautifully decorated and each room has its own unique theme. The beds are comfortable and there is air conditioning which is nice to go back and relax in between game drives. You'll go on 2 game drives a day: one in the morning and one in the evening. We saw something different each drive and the experience was the most amazing and unforgettable adventure! Food and drink is amazing as well and you are sat with your own party each meal which we thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend time together as a couple at meal times. We were deeply saddened when it was time to leave because this stay was that incredible. We've recommended it to all our friends and family and we will definitely be back the next time we visit South Africa! You won't be disappointed with booking at Pondoro Game Lodge!

Reviewed November 15, 2022
10.0
Exceptional
Asif from Netherlands
Couple
Chalet (1)
Stayed 2 nights in February 2020

Best decision to stay at Pondoro! ”

We spent over a week searching for the best place to stay - and decided on Pondoro due to very high customer ratings. We definitely are extremely happy and satisfied that we made this choice. Everything at Pondoro was perfect!! Room: We stayed in a suite and thoroughly enjoyed it. The room was huge with a balcony overlooking the Olifants river. We relaxed in Jacuzzi in the balcony outside in afternoon. Bed was very comfortable and helped us to get great sleep. Staff: The best staff ever in any hotel. Right from start we felt the extremely high levels of customer service. Game Drives: Very knowledgeable rangers. We got 2 game drives per day - we did all drives and saw Big 5 and much more. Food: Whatever I will say about the food at Pondoro will not do full justice. The chefs really created magic with food - delicious and sumptuous. The waiting staff treated guests with extreme delight. Thanks Team Pondoro for making our stay and Valentine's Day in Kruger so special.

Reviewed February 20, 2020
10.0
Exceptional
Christopher from Australia
Couple
Chalet - 1-Bedroom
Stayed 3 nights in October 2022

Simply amazing”

Never given somewhere 10/10 before but this places deserves it. Simply amazing staff, rooms, game viewing. Great food and drink. Lots of extra 'special' touches which were done spontaneously and made it an even more special stay.

Reviewed October 11, 2022
10.0
Exceptional
Steve from United Kingdom
Couple
Chalet 1
Stayed 3 nights in February 2020

A truly wonderful experience”

I couldn't possibly articulate the true value of our time at Pondoro. My wife and I stayed here for three nights in Feb 2020 and were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped foot of our flight. This wasn't a 'stay' - it was an experience. The lodge, the food, the game drives, the staff, the extra special touches - all these elements combined together to create the most memorable experience and one we'll never forget. I hope the staff feel proud for what has been accomplished at Pondoro, it is truly a special place.

Reviewed February 21, 2020
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