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Pestana Kruger Lodge

R570 Riverside Road | 150 meters from Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park, Malelane 1320, South Africa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We frantically had to find alternative accommodation after being horrified by access road of Bongani Mountain Lodge (where we had booked) and Africa Stay came to our rescue and suggest Pestana. We read the reviews, and it was with great trepidation that we decided to try Pestana, mainly because of its close proximity to Kruger's Malelane Gate. Yes, it certainly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews on this page - I was dreading our visit to Pestana. What I found was that you just cannot please some people, and if they are intent on finding something wrong, they'll manage some how. We had a wonderful stay at pestana. The food was great, the service friendly and the rooms all you need. We... More 

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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My review is similar to almost all the people who have stayed here over the past year. Yes, it is wonderfully situated, right next to the Malelane gate, with a beautiful view from the reception desk. The reception area is sad, old and outdated. This can be fixed with some re-decorating. But, there are areas that have nothing to do... More 

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

Thank you for your review, your feedback will be forwarded to the Management for their attention and action. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

the lodge is very nice staff very helpfull and friendly , the food was very good our chalet (family)room I am sorry to say the carpet was very dirty . the bathroom basin has never seen a good cleaning

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

Dear estherwolf2015 Thank you for your review; we're pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, I will address the carpet and basin cleaning issues with the Housekeeper for her immediate attention. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We spent almost a week at the lodge when we visited the park in May 2014. Great location close to the bridge and gate. We saw animals both from the terrace and from the bridge. Breakfast was good, dinner a bit blend but well presented. Staff nice and serviceminded. Room a bit too simple with 60 cm between door to... More 

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

Dear Gösta R Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your stay at our Lodge. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the staff were attentive and provided you with the service you expected. We have had recent probems with our WiFi connection however it seems as if this has been... More 

Maputo, Mozambique
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

great park, all the year, with many animals, great morning safari, good rooms, very good food, nice staff, lovely afternoon bar view. very good value for money. good for couples, friends, or business.

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

Dear Domingos G Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and do hope to welcome you back in the near future. More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We arrived to find the deck overlooking the river and a huge herd of elephants nearby, we stayed there drinking sundowners viewing the game even before we went to our rooms. Service staff were fantastic, very well trained, great food. Rooms were lovely overlooking the river, we paid extra for super deluxe, better view right on border of Kruger Park.... More 

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

Dear Sheridan B Thank you for your feedback, we're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were able to really appreciate the ambiance, service and experience of our Lodge. More 

Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I visited this accommodation on a Travel Department trip to South Africa, so had been to 6 other hotels in the country along the way, all of them very good. This hotel has a great location beside Kruger Park, and has beautiful views overlooking Crocodile River. Staff are very pleasant and food is very good. Bar and restaurant lovely and... More 

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

Dear DublinFlyer Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our property. I am happy that you found our food and staff met your expectations. My apologies that your bedroom fell short of these expectations; we did have a problem with our Boiler on one day, we had to replace the elements of this unit which was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was the second time we were there, but for sure this was the last one as Its going down the ladder! Not only we found a huge rat on our room (family room), rat poo and pee smell but also all the maintenance is bad (missing light bulbs, the outside lights were not working...), also important to point out... More 

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

Dear Lisa D Thank you for your feedback. My sincere apologies for the experiences you had during your stay with us, I have addressed these concerns with the relevant Management and Staff who will rectify these immediately. Some of our thatched rooms do have Bats roosting in them and consequently we sometimes have problems with their mess, we are identifying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This hotel has a nice view of crocodile river. During afternoon you can enjoy and see some hippos and crocodiles far away. The hotel has nice outside area and close to the biggest park of SA. You will love and enjoy your stay here in this hotel.

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

Dear Simonest Thank you for your feedback, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated the environment of Kruger National Park. More 

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