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Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards

The world’s most brilliant hospitality stars were lauded recently at the Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards Gala ceremony held on the 27th of October 2017 at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit in Thailand. Haute Grandeur is recognized as the world’s leading Awards initiative, acknowledging the finest hospitality experiences across 7 continents and more than 60 countries. Each […]


Haute Grandeur: Last day to vote

2017 Haute Grandeur Awards Nominee Voting closes: 18 July 2017 A gentle reminder that there is only 1 day left to vote for Pondoro to win an award at the prestigious 2017 Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards. We are honoured to receive a nomination and your vote would be greatly appreciated. Please register your vote and help us win […]


Amarula and Pondoro prize

  AMARULA PROMOTION Pondoro Game Lodge is delighted to partner with Amarula Cream to give one lucky competition winner a fantastic prize of a 2 night stay for 2 people in one of our luxurious air-conditioned suites during the Marula fruit season in February 2017. Including the following: Three meals per day, tea & coffee, […]


Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards

  The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards was held on the 20th of October 2016 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel in Abu Dhabi. My wife Lize and I attended the glamorous Gala dinner and I am very pleased to announce that Pondoro was awarded as Africa’s winner in the Most Romantic Hotel category. […]


Condé Nast Johansens Awards

We are delighted to inform everyone that Pondoro Game Lodge has made the final shortlist for the 2017 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence in the following category: Best Adventure. For the next two weeks, until Monday 7 November, everybody is invited to vote for Pondoro via the Condé Nast Johansens voting button on our website or follow […]


Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards

RATE US: It is with great pleasure that I announce that Pondoro Game Lodge has been shortlisted to win a 2016 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Award. Pondoro is honoured to be a member of the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards. This is a prestigious and globally trusted awards initiative that is quickly building its reputation […]


Pondoro Treehouse hide

This is a compilation of 2 videos taken during safari drives on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2016. The Pondoro Treehouse hide is proving to be very popular with guests visiting Pondoro’s Game Lodge accommodation. We offer complementary picnics during lunchtime. It is essential to book as we offer this as an exclusive experience […]


Bupa travel: The World’s Most Luxurious and Exclusive Boutique Holidays

Our Olifants River location, inside the renowned Greater Kruger National Park, without a doubt distinguishes us from any other ordinary holiday. But it’s not just the spectacular scenery and wildlife which secures our place in a list of the world’s most luxurious escapes. Getting close to nature doesn’t mean compromising on comfort when you stay […]


Easter celebration

            The Easter holiday weekend is always a very busy time at Pondoro’s safari lodge and the staff would as always go out of their way to make it a special occasion for our visitors. Preparation for Monday breakfast started early morning as beautiful nests were made and filled with traditional […]


Best International Country Hotel

  I am absolutely delighted to announce that Pondoro Game Lodge was awarded as The Best International Country Hotel at a glittering awards ceremony held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on the 22nd of February 2016 during the International Hotel Awards in association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The International Hotel Awards are the […]


Death of a legend

It is with a heavy heart that I write of the unfortunate demise of a legend in Balule. A lot of guests visiting Balule and Pondoro over the years would have had the privilege to see the huge elephant bull known as Shoshangaan. He was fitted with a satellite collar a few years ago by […]


Christmas Eve dinner

  Christmas Eve at Pondoro is an important occasion and the staff have been eagerly preparing and practicing for days. A smiling Kgomotso and Mantombi can be seen standing proudly next to the dinner table on our dining terrace waiting for guests to arrive after their safari drive. Kir Royale are ready to be served […]


Lion cubs greet their father

Every year Pondoro hands out a prize to one of our guides or trackers that has taken the best wildlife video during the year. This gives inspiration and reward for the many videos that we post on our Pondoro You tube channel, Facebook and Google page, as well as our website. There were many contenders […]


Boutique Hotel Awards

The winners of the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2015 were announced on the 1st of November 2015 at the glittering Awards ceremony held at the Montcalm Hotel, London. The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and travel industry influencers from all four corners of the world, including representatives […]


1st of September – Spring Day

  The first of September marks the official arrival of spring. Some blossoming trees and plants start to flash brilliant color like the irrepressible flame creeper ( Combretum microphyllum ) while others like the knob thorn ( Acacia nigrescens ) are more modest with a subtle touch of cream. The function stays the same in […]