Pondoro Game Lodge Activities:
Pondoro Game Lodge is situated in Balule Private Nature reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park. Regular Big 5 sightings (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) are encountered during game drives. A reintroduction of African wild dogs has also been done in the Pondoro traversing area. Morning and evening game drives are done in open game drive vehicles. All guides have more than 10 years experience. Pondoro has rights to traverse on more than 9 000 ha that includes a network of more than 350 km of bush roads.
All game drive vehicles are four wheel drive and this means that the Big 5 can be followed off road into the bush to get a closer view if necessary.
Pondoro vehicles are in radio contact with three other lodges and close cooperation ensure good game viewing. The vehicles in the traversing area are restricted to six to ensure that the bush ambience is never lost. No more than two vehicles are allowed at a sighting.
Pondoro is one of the few private lodges in South Africa situated on a perennial river (Olifants River). Because of this hippos and crocodiles are regularly seen during bush walks with an armed guide.
Three bush hides overlooking waterholes can also be visited.
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Clothing & Accessories:
* Sun block
* Extra film
* Insect repellant
* Anti-malaria tablets
* Comfortable walking shoes
* Neutral coloured clothing - Dress casual
* Warm jackets for chilly mornings and evenings
Health & Climate:
The lodge is situated in the eastern lowveld that has a subtropical climate with hot, wet summers and cool, dry winters.
Spring and Summer:
Many animals give birth at this time of year and summer-visiting migrant bird species can also be seen.
Spring (September - November)
Minimum: 20 Degrees Celsius; Maximum: 30 Degrees Celsius
Summer (December - February)
Minimum: 20 Degrees Celsius; Maximum: 35+ Degrees Celsius