Pondoro Game Lodge
Balule Nature Reserve
Days 1 - 3: Balule Nature Reserve
Pondoro is set on the banks of the Olifants River inside the Big 5 Balule Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Morning and evening game drives are done in open game drive vehicles, and regular Big 5 sightings (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) are encountered during game drives.
Because the lodge is situated on a river, hippos and crocodiles are also regularly seen during bushwalks, and 3 bush hides overlooking waterholes can also be visited.
Between game drives, nature walks and peaceful afternoon naps, enjoy a dip in the sparkling rock pool, a spot of sun bathing or browse through the library. The Pondoro bar is the ideal spot to quench your thirst and grab a snack.
The Serenity Spa offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence. Revitalize your mind, body and soul with classic spa treatments which range from a glass covered steam room, a spa bath under the wide African sky to a massage in the privacy of your room.
The lodge has 3 standard chalets overlooking the Olifants River. Each standard chalet has been beautifully decorated with an African theme, and all have en-suite bathrooms (with a shower overlooking the river), air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a wooden deck.
For guests looking for the ultimate luxury, there are 5 spacious suites, which are all air-conditioned and architecturally designed, offering modern comforts in an ancient setting. Each suite has a private wooden deck, a lounge area and an outside shower for those who are adventurous at heart.
Example Details For Pondoro Game Lodge
|Room:||1 x Luxury Chalet|
|Includes:||Three meals daily; tea/coffee; mineral water; soft drinks; house wines; selection of spirits; daily morning and evening game drives; and nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers are included.
Children over the age of 12 are permitted on nature walks.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Pondoro Game Lodge Location.
Pondoro Game Lodge,Near Hoedspruit, Balule Nature Reserve
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie and Hoedspruit. After approximately 17 km from Hoedspruit, look for the thatched gate on the right hand side of the road which is the entrance to the Balule Nature Reserve - Olifants West Gate, then sign in at the gate. For self-drive visitors, there is a R250 per person Conservation Fee and a R100 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).
Follow the gravel road for 9 km. Turn left at the Pondoro sign, and follow this road for 6 km. Turn right at the T-junction and follow the road for a further 1 km to Pondoro.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: From the airport, turn right out of the airport and then turn right onto the R40 towards Hoedspruit, and follow the directions as above.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.
Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn left onto the R40 Phalaborwa/Mica road, and continue along this road until you see the thatched gate on the right hand side of the road which is the entrance to the Balule Nature Reserve - Olifants West Gate. Follow the directions as above.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and follow the directions as above.
PLEASE NOTE : On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.
Check In / Check Out
Rooms may be occupied from 13:00 on the day of arrival. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge around this time, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon drive.
Rooms must normally be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.
General Information For Guests
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply.
All suites are air conditioned and has a private wooden deck with jacuzzi, lounge area, and an outside shower.
All chalets have en-suite bathrooms (with a shower and bath overlooking the river), lounge area, air conditioning, mosquito nets and a wooden deck.
The activities offered at the lodge include early morning/evening game drives, nature walks and bird watching.
All game drives are done in open-top Safari Cruisers. Strict vehicle limits at sightings (no more than 2 vehicles per sighting) ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience. Off-road driving on most areas enables the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and the rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements. Each vehicle seats only 6 guests.
The nature walks are more of an informative walk for just over or less than an hour. It is an opportunity to learn more about the environment, trees, plants and wildlife.
The Serenity Spa offers a wide range of Southern African spa and face treatments. There is also a glass covered steam room, and an open spa bath. Massages can also be done also in your room.
All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River.
Tours of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching unit (additional cost) are also available. Done every Wednesday and Saturday guests will leave the lodge at 12:00 and return at approximately 15:00. The tour will give guests the chance to meet some of the Black Mambas, be given a short tour of the Ops room and a presentation showing a range of poaching artefacts. A question and answer section will be done at the end. Their Headquarters are based inside Balule Nature Reserve and guests will travel by open game viewer.
All credit cards are accepted.
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
Children over the age of 12 are permitted on nature walks. The final decision on whether a guest can join a nature walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.
Day 4: Johannesburg
Closely situated to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the Peermont Mondior is part of the Emperors Palace - a sensational resort that combines the timeless classical elegance of Rome with eclectic Monte Carlo architecture, providing a world-class entertainment experience for everyone.
Feast on a fabulous variety of dishes at the culinary parade of restaurants. With international buffets, fine dining, contemporary Asian to classic Mediterranean, chic cocktail bars and relaxed family eateries, the possibilities are endless.
The Palace also showcases a celebration of local and international shows, productions and musicals in a multitude of superbly appointed entertainment venues including the Centre Court arena, Theatre of Marcellus, Red Roman Shed and The Barnyard Theatre.
Peermont Mondior guests also have access to the majestic Emperors Palace Casino, where every turn of a card and spin of a wheel, deals a winning combination of excitement and thrills.
The 4* Peermont Mondior features 150 spacious rooms and suites which are all fitted with cutting-edge technology and furnished in an elegant and contemporary African style.
The chic Oriana restaurant offers breakfast and light meals and guests can enjoy a delectable cocktail at the Silver Moon Bar.
A complimentary shuttle service between the airport terminals and the hotel runs daily between 06:00 and 23:00.
Example Details For Peermont Mondior
|Room:||1 x Classic Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Peermont Mondior Location.
Peermont Mondior,Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Street, Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport
From Johannesburg: Take the R24 towards OR Tambo Airport. At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left hand lane and follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until you reach the Griffiths Road off-ramp. Take this, and turn left at the top of the bridge. At the T-Junction, turn left onto Jones Road. The entrance to Emperors Palace Resort is on your left - turn here and follow the signs to the Peermont Mondior.
Check In / Check Out
Rooms may be occupied from 15:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated before 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests. Late check-out is available on request.
General Information For Guests
Children of any age are welcome.
All rooms have air conditioning, a hair dryer, telephone, electric shaver point, an in-room safe, TV with selected satellite channels and tea/coffee making facilities.
The hotel features a swimming pool, gym (24 hours), lounge, cocktail and sky bar.
Hotel guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities at the Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.
The complimentary daily shuttle service between the hotel and the airport terminals operates on the hour every hour from 07:00 and 23:00. The shuttle vans are black with the Emperors Palace logo on the sides and the drivers wear a black Emperors Palace Uniform.
To take the shuttle from Terminal A:
Exit the building and turn left. Walk along the driveway until the pedestrian crossing and turn right across the driveway into the opposite building with covered parking above. Do not take the escalators but walk past them until you get to the Luxliner Bus bookings cubicle. Turn right at Luxliner and exit the building onto the passageway next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Turn right again and follow the passageway to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus.
To take the shuttle from Terminal B:
Exit the building and turn right. Walk along the driveway until the pedestrian crossing and turn left across the driveway into the opposite building with covered parking above. Do not take the escalators but walk past them until you get to the Luxliner Bus bookings cubicle. Turn right at Luxliner and exit the building onto the passageway next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Turn right again and follow the passageway to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus.
Le Meridien Fishermans Cove
Days 5 - 9: Mahe
Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove is located at the edge of 3 km of sparkling ivory sands on the western tip of Mahé in the bay of the famous picturesque Beau Vallon Beach. Lush gardens create an inspiring atmosphere for a romantic idyll or a serene getaway.
Beyond the simple relaxation afforded by the sand and sea, an exhilarating choice of water sport activities and spa awaits your discovery. All non-motorized water sports such as canoeing and snorkelling are offered at no extra cost to guests. A variety of water sports can also be arranged at an extra cost in the vicinity of the Beau-Vallon Beach. Additionally, the resort offers an outdoor swimming pool and a lighted outdoor tennis court.
The resort's Fitness and Zen Spa centre features a gym, steam bath, plunge pool, and 2 double massage rooms with open-air showers.
The 2 restaurants and bars allow you to explore innovative pairings of flavours and aromas, or else you can go for a short wander to the local bars and restaurants situated nearby.
The 68 tastefully furnished guest rooms and suites all offer views of the Indian Ocean and lush vegetation. The open plan Superior Ocean View rooms have magnificent views of the Beau Vallon Beach and either a private balcony or terrace. The spacious open plan Deluxe Ocean View rooms rest amongst verdant tropical fauna, with a private garden terrace with beachfront views. The Junior Ocean View Suites also have a private garden terrace. The Deluxe Garden View Suites have double doors opening onto a private balcony with sun loungers surrounded by pristine gardens dotted with vibrant Alamanda flowers.
The Executive Ocean Front Suites, all perched alongside the beachfront, offer the luxury of space and a private terrace with direct access to the beach just a few steps away, or choose an Executive Ocean View Suite with a private balcony.
Example Details For Le Meridien Fishermans Cove
|Room:||1 x Superior Room (Early Bird 20% Offer applied)|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included. The Early Bird 20% Offer (CEBB36) is applicable for bookings confirmed 90 days prior to arrival.|
Le Meridien Fishermans Cove Location.
Check In / Check Out
Rooms may be occupied from 15:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by midday on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.
General Information For Guests
Children of any age are welcome.
All rooms have air conditioning, open plan bathroom with bedroom, separate walk-in showers, bathtubs and separate toilet and bidet, telephone, internet connection, mini-bar, hair-dryer, satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, iron and ironing board, and a terrace or balcony.
Hotel facilities include restaurants, 24 hour room service, bars, swimming pool, library/TV lounge, tennis court, ZEN Health Club andamp; Spa (at cost), and complimentary afternoon tea/coffee.
While swimming trunks, beach wear, and shorts are acceptable during the daytime around the hotel, the hotel requires guests to dress appropriately for dinner in the restaurants - for men, this is long trousers, t-shirts with a collar or shirts and shoes; for ladies, this is smart casual wear, including trousers, skirts or dresses.
Motorised water sports and diving activities are available in the vicinity (additional cost).
A deposit will be requested when guests wishes to make use of the non-motorised water sports equipment. This is applicable to snorkeling gear, stand up paddle boards and kayaks. The usage of the non-motorized water sports equipment remains free of charge so only a deposit is required. The deposit will be charged to the room upon check in or during the stay and guests will receive a voucher that they need to show when requesting the equipment. Upon check out the deposit will be refunded when the equipment has been returned in its original condition.
The hotel is approximately 25 minutes from Mahe International Airport or 15 minutes from the Port.
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