The month of October is always a highlight on our calendar as it is known in the industry as award season. This is the time year when hotels and other travel experts get recognised for their contribution to the hospitality industry. Pondoro was nominated to compete in the Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards and the World Luxury Hotel Awards, each with different selection criteria and award recognition standards.

Before going any further we first want to thank all our guests for staying at Pondoro and taking the time to vote for us. It goes without saying that winning any award would not have been possible without your valuable vote of support, whether through staying with us or actually clicking on a voting button or writing a review on social media. We are truly grateful.

Our wonderful, dedicated and loyal staff are the backbone of our operations and everyone is equally important in the Pondoro value chain that culminates in exceptional guest service at a competitive rate. To the Staff:  Each and every one of you is handpicked by Lize and I to ensure a perfect fit. Be assured that you are the best and Pondoro is what it is because of you!

Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards:

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM was established as an independent and unbiased initiative to honour the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry, recognising exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels. Unbiased results are guaranteed by placing emphasis on quality feedback from guests, rather than quantity of votes by a panel of judges or general public. For the hotel industry winning a Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Award is more than an Award it provides the public with a golden stamp of guaranteed hospitality.

More than 300 honored guests from around of the world gathered at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a night of opulence and acclamation. The glamorous Gala Ceremony was hosted by Thai celebrity emcee Able Wanamakok and was also attended by Ms Shweta Sekhon, Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 and off course our very own Lize Prehn, owner of Pondoro Game Lodge. 

Pondoro walked away with the prestigious awards as Global winner – Best Safari Lodge as well as Best Bush Lodge – Africa and Best Safari Retreat – Africa.

Pondoro - Haute Grandeur


Pondoro - Haute Grandeur


Pondoro Safari Lodge - Haute Grandeur


World Luxury Hotel Awards:

The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognize establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff.

The winners of the annual World Luxury Hotel Awards were announced at a glitzy affair at Arctic TreeHouse Hotel and SantaPark in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. This was the thirteenth event of its kind and more than 300 guests flew in from around the world to celebrate their awards.

We are elated to announce that Pondoro was crowned as Global winner – Luxury Safari Retreat and Country winner – Luxury Romantic Hotel!