We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pestana Kruger Lodge

R570 Riverside Road | 150 meters from Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park, Malelane 1320, South Africa
Hotel amenities
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Pestana Kruger Lodge
Professional photos View all
Browse nearby
Pestana Kruger Lodge
Share an Experience

213 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    56
    81
    49
    18
    9
See reviews for
54
88
9
7
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (41)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (213)
  • Mar-May only
    (34)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (41)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (69)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (69)
All months
The Hague, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed 2 nights during a SA grand tour. Hotel is perfectly located at the Crocodile river, very close to one of the Kruger Park entrances. Best rooms are the ones that have river view: although there is a distance between the terraces and the river you'll see the hippo's, crocodiles and possible other game 'at your doorstep'. We stayed in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maputo, Mozambique
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Actually 3.5 out of 5. There are some very good things about this place - mostly the location of course. From the deck you can see hippos, crocodiles and elephants every day, as we did. The huts/small houses are ok, though certainly not 4star, as the place is supposed to be. The buffet breakfast is typical and ok, but as... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bastad, Sweden
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice lodge. Perfectly located near Melalane gate, S Kruger Park. No luxury but very, very nice. Helpful personal. Upgrade to Deluxe rooms to have nice view over Crocodile River and the Kruger Park. Wi-Fi a bit unstable but fast when up and running.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Tingelingtin Thank you for sharing your positive comments with us, your feedback is very important to us. The staff will be very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and myself thought we would treat ourselves in this so called 4 star luxury establishment, with the onset of a week holiday in Mpumalanga. We booked a "de luxe". room, dinner,bed and breakfast. Now beware, if you need to pay for all upfront, see red lights. The only thing reception really showed concern about was that we supply... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear "guskru" Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback from your stay with us. I am extremely disappointed that the standards you experienced were not what you expected, my sincere apologies for this, I will address your observations with the relevant Management and Staff. I have been advised that the Deluxe room you were given was in fact... More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Just check in this hotel, it sure isn't what it used to be!!! Terrible food, incapable of finding my reservation at the gate and was turned away!! The all place has lost all appeal, especially the bar area with terrible drinks. A bottle of pinotage with a price tag of 120rd in any restaurant is almost double here and as... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Maximenadaud Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback from your last stay with us. Please accept my sincere apologies for the poor service standards you received during your stay with us; I will be addressing this with the relevant department heads for their immediate attention. Our main gate is manned by a a new security company... More 

Rustenburg, South Africa
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

Reception staff friendly. Rooms require attention. Carpets are stained and rooms do have an unpleasant smell. Bathroom tap needed to be held in position to work i.e. It was loose. Thatch Roof on verandah require maintenance. Restaurant service overall good with the exception of one staff member with an attitude that were unable to cook an egg according to what... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Karin H Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your stay with us. I am pleased that the staff are generally friendly and helpful; I do acknowledge that there are some maintenance & repairs that need to be addressed - I will be paying particular attention to this facet of our operations as a matter... More 

San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The best part of Pestana Kruger lodge is the location. It’s insane - literally minutes from Malelane Gate. Kruger is massive, so it’s nice to be right at the foot of the park. It’s a pretty solid lodging option for Kruger, though I’d stop short of saying that it’s a '4 star’ hotel. The facilities are generally nice enough, but... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Tim A Many thanks for your time to give us feedback about our Lodge. Our location is indeed wonderful and very convenient for access to the Southern Kruger, where there are great concentrations of wildlife. Our WiFi does in fact also reach the Deluxe rooms, we are looking to extend this to further rooms in the near future. Unfortunately... More 

Kiev, Ukraine
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I stayed at Pestana Kruger Lodge with my family in the beginning of 2015. Overall impressions were very good, especially the food and service. Friendly staff, good location and very good value for money. Nice view over the river with crocs, elephants and hippos!

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Magnus Wett I am extremely pleased that you and your family had a pleasant stay with us at Pestana Kruger Lodge; I will share your positive comments with the staff who welcome such feedback. We do hope that you will return again to our Lodge to experience the ambiance and wildlife of the Kruger Park. More 

Benoni, South Africa
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Much better than our last visit, service better, food better and the rooms we had were magnificent, upstairs Lion over looking the Crocodile River. Each morning we had, elephants, hippos and crocs together with a myriad of birds. The location to the Malalane Gate is superb, the animal viewing is magnificent in the Kruger.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Alison S Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at our Lodge. I am very happy that your visit was an improvement on the last time, I will be sharing this positive feedback with the staff who do appreciate this. I do hope that this wil not be your last visist to us - the Southern... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Conveniently located very close to the Malelane Gate that made our access to the park convenient. Staff were brilliant especially Nelly and the main Chef "Tata". They went out of their way to make our stay a pleasure. Accomodation, whilst well spaced was disappointing. On several ocassions experienced brown-coloured water from the bathroom basin tap, plug points that plugs slipped... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Shashi R Many thanks for going to the effort of providing feedback about your stay with us, this is appreciated and does help us to constantly maintain our standards. Whilst I am very happy that the staff provided you with memorable great service, I am disappointed that your stay was not perfect due to maintenance deficiencies. These maintenance problems... More 

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

136 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (125)
Viewed
Room/suite (22)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (30)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (12)
Viewed
View from room (14)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Family/play areas (1)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Other (43)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (11)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (5)
Viewed
Room/suite (3)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Other (1)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay

Amenities

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question