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MEET THE LEOPARDS OF PONDORO. I thought it’s about time we introduce you to the elusive rosette patterned cats that roam within our traversing in Balule Game Reserve. How do we identify each individual? Well apart from obvious signs like scars in their face, maybe a few nicks in the ears, a short/bent tail or […]


Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 10-16 March ’19 Sunday 10 March 2019 1 Leopardess east of danrock 4 Elephants feeding at mondzo road 1 Bull elephant west of huppel weg 1 Male leopard north of impalabos cutline 1 Male lion with 6 cubs south of mountain view 3 White rhino 6 Elephants […]


Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 03-09 March ’19 Sunday 03 March 2019 1 Male lion at nonwane cutline 1 Female leopard at waterkant with an impala kill 18 Elephants at huppel weg 1 White rhino bull 3 Black rhino 2 Spotted hyenas at mbonga road Monday 04 March 2019 1 Male leopard […]


What is the best way to spend Valentine’s Day – in the bush of course! Not only do you get to see amazing fauna and flora, but also here at Pondoro we go out of our way to treat and spoil our guests. We had hoped for a warm and sunny Valentine’s Day but unfortunately […]

World’s Best Luxury Safari Retreat

November is award season in the hotel industry and it is with great pleasure that I can inform everyone that Pondoro enjoyed a fabulously successful month! We were nominated to compete in the World Luxury Hotel Awards, Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards and The Boutique Hotel Awards, each with different selection criteria and award recognition standards. […]


We are very pleased and excited to announce that Pondoro has been chosen by Timbuktu as Number 1 in their list of Top 10 Conservation Experiences in South Africa. Please follow the link for more information Top 10 conservation experiences: South Africa, Safari with purpose. At Pondoro we do not only strive to give guests […]


The 31st of October is celebrated throughout the world as Halloween. Thus yesterday at Pondoro was no different. We started “trick or treating” our guests at our daily high tea but as it was a special occasion we went all out with Rest in Peace Cupcakes, pumpkin heads filled with all kinds of treats and […]

2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Please vote for us

We are very proud to announce that Pondoro has been nominated for the prestigious 2018 WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS. Established in 2006, the World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike. Everyone at Pondoro would really appreciate your vote. Please […]

2018 Haute Grandeur – Please vote for us

We are very proud to announce that Pondoro has been nominated for the 2018 HAUTE GRANDEUR GLOBAL HOTEL AWARDS. We would appreciate your support by rating us in the 2018 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards Rating Poll. Please rate us and help us win this award! Voting closes 11 July 2018. It just takes 2 […]

Haute Grandeur Hotel Award

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Pondoro has been shortlisted for a Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Award to be held at the United Arab Emirates on the 1st of November 2018. The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM was established as an independent and unbiased initiative to honour the very highest achievements from across the […]

Changing the world

“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use in changing the world.” The words of ex President of South Africa Mr Nelson Mandela. Pondoro has managed to join forces with The Point Foundation though our support of the Black Mamba woman anti-poaching team and their affiliation with the Bush Babies Environmental Educational Program. […]

A Bollywood New Year

Pondoro goes Bollywood: Guests partied into 2018 in true Bollywood style as traditional Indian cuisine were served followed by the throwing of Holi dust that covered guests and staff alike in an explosion of colour as we partied into the New Year. Every year millions of people in India, Nepal, and around the world celebrate the […]

World Boutique Hotel Awards

  The winners of the Boutique Hotel Awards 2017 were announced on the 9th of November 2017 at a glittering Awards ceremony held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London where Pondoro won an award as Africa’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway. The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and travel industry […]