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Pestana Kruger Lodge

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   R570 Riverside Road | 150 meters from Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park, Malelane 1320, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having spent a week travelling between camps within the Kruger National Park we decided to end our holiday with a touch of home comforts and were not disappointed. This 4 star hotel is just half a mile from Malelane Gate out of the national park. We opted for a deluxe room overlooking Crocodile River - complete with balcony view of... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While on our trip to Africa we were booked through a travel agency at the Pestana Kruger Lodge in South Africa. It is located at the southern most access to Kruger; the deck overlooks Crocodile River. We were there 2 nights and the first night the water did not work at all in our room. We came back that night... More

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Estoril, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed here many times while I lived in Mozambique, between 1997 and 2001. It has since been purchased by the great Pestana Hotels & Resorts group and it has been greatly improved. The rooms are great and have a scent I'll never forget. Strongly recommend if you're bound to visit the Kruger Park.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed in room #279 for 2 nights in July. Our room faced the swimming pool, shaded under the trees. The room was clean, and spacious with a glass sliding door. The bathroom had a rain shower - no bath to soak in (ugh). Tip: Watch out for the naughty monkeys who sneaks into the room and... More

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Fredrikstad, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family of four (two adults, children of 13 and 15) stayed at Pestana Kruger Lodge one week in July. Unfortunately, the first three nights vere unusual cold (-1 oC), so the rooms were a bit uncomfortable this period. However, I asked for extra blankets and they were delivered to our rooms promptly. The dining room was always warm and... More

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Randburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stayed at Pestana the first week of July with a family member from Australia. Our stay was very pleasant and enjoyable. Geronimo,ladies at the front desk and the rest of the staff members were always friendly! Rooms were clean,viewing deck lovely. I would suggest that you look at the food at the diiner buffet. We will return again. Marieke... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Stunning trees and beautifully maintained gardens.These are the only plus points at Pestana Kruger.The shoddy furniture everywhere needs a revamp; the staff certainly do not have the guest-relations training as in Kruger.And then the'food'.Oi.As a South African I was truly concerned about the impression the numerous foreign guests were gaining about South African cuisine.Very poor standards in this department- limp... More

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GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Lillian Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay with us last week. I am very disappointed to read your comments regarding poor material and service standards at our property. My sincere apologies for this unsatisfactory experience, your observations have been noted and will be conveyed to our staff. More

East London, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The buildings and the site of this hotel are very nice, and the terrace overlooking the Crocodile River allows you to watch crocodiles and hippos as you have your breakfast. But the food at the evening buffet was poor and bland and expensive, the staff were disorganized, the rooms were poorly serviced and fittings often didn't work. You got the... More

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GMPKL, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Mr Bally Thank you for your review of our property. Please accept my apologies that your experience was not to the standard you had expected. Having recently taken over management of this property I can assure you that Management have not given up; I will be addressing your concerns with all staff as a matter of priority and initiate... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were thoroughly underwhelmed. Showers were cold, plugs didn't work, food was really bland. The dinner staff were also really unhelpful. Very disappointing for something that calls itself four star. But the one definite plus is the scenery. There is a lovely view of the river from the dining hall.

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Simon R, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Louise B Thank you for your comments regarding your recent stay with us at Pestana Kruger Lodge, I am very disappointed that standards were clearly not what you expected of a 4 star establishment. Please accept my sincere apologies for these service failures. I would be very grateful if you could contact myself at the Lodge (kruger.lodge@pestana.com) for further... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This hotel is ideal for a getaway to be away from it all. Perfect for couples or with a family . So close to kRUGER you can walk over the bridge to the entrance. Overlook the river and into Kruger. Very well kept gardens and safe to walk around. Staff all very friendly and wiling to help. Food excellence ,... More

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Simon R, General Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this review

Good afternoon Thank you very much for your positive comments about your stay with us, I will be sharing your comments with the staff who do appreciate positive feedback. Your observations regarding maintenance in the rooms has been noted; we will attend to these immediately. My apologies that no notice was taken of your Wedding Anniversary and Birthday whilst staying... More

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Address: R570 Riverside Road | 150 meters from Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park, Malelane 1320, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Malelane
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Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Kruger Lodge 4*
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Graded TGCSA 4-star, Pestana Kruger Lodge is situated 700 meters away from Malelane Gate, the most southern entrance to the Kruger National Park. The Lodge is surrounded by 22ha of indigenous gardens and bush with magnificent views of the Crocodile River, which forms the border with the Kruger National Park. Accommodation comprises 74 well-appointed rooms, all with modern facilities. The Lodge is a great choice for families wanting a relaxing holiday in the African bush. ... more   less 
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