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Pondoro Game Lodge
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Pondoro Game Lodge


... is located in the Balulue Reserve in the Kruger Private Reserves area in the Northeast of South Africa.

+ large private reserve
+ important conservation project
+ full range of wildlife
+ open to the Kruger National Park
+ high quality lodge
+ health spa
+ private room jacuzzi
+ low visitor traffic
+ off road driving
+ walking safari

Set in a reasonably remote part of the reserve, this high specification lodge has extensive and reasonably elegant public areas with decks looking out over a seasonal Olifants River. Guest accommodation is in three smaller rooms and three much larger chalets with private terraces and outside spa baths.

Activities are centred around vehicle and walking safari. There are no fences between here and the main reserve, ensuring that Balule is part of the main Kruger ecosystem.

- partially fenced reserve
- proximity to human habitation
- private residences on the reserve
- not particularly wild
- only accessible from the main R40 road
- reclaimed farmland
- rather tame and over-managed
- lacks game density
- reasonably expensive

The main downside is that the Balule Reserve as a whole does not really feel like pristine wilderness, it being the aggregation of many smaller private plots.

Pondoro Game Lodge is a genuine option if you want a high quality lodge at a very reasonable price.

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