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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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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Malelane
birmingham
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“2 great nights”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2008

we spent two nights here and thought that it was excellent. we had a nice room a short walk away fro m the main building. the food was quite acceptable, the first night we ate outside at the boma. the best part was the viewing platform that overlooked th e crocodile river. spotlights are provided so that you can view the animals when it is dark. it is very close to the park entrance so you can be one of the first in the park when it opens without travelling far.

  • Liked — situation
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2008

A sad and tired lodge. We stayed in Lodge for one night, just as well as it was a dissapointment. The rooms are tired and dated. Came with 2 teenagers and not a suitable place. There is much better value for money around the area. Not to return!

  • Liked — the view from the deck
  • Disliked — room and food
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Soton England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2008

Stayed here for two nights with family. The place is falling into a state disrepair. Super tube not working left kids very disappointed. Not much else worked either. Avoid at all costs.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

We booked at the Kruger Pestana several months in advance and received a room with a terrific view of the Crocodile River and Kruger Park just beyond. What a thrill to watch the animals come to drink at sunset from our balcony. Pestana's food was superior; they have an excellent chef and wait staff. Plus they're located just outside the park entrance so there's no time waisted traveling to the park.

  • Liked — The view from the balcony
  • Disliked — The meals were very pricy
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2008

Stayed at the Pestana with my Fiance and Sister, in view to have our wedding there in Nov 08. The rooms were comfortable and had great views of the river and hippos. Jane who assited us was fantastic, really helpful and professional, the venue was beautiful.

There are a few dining options at and around the hotel, Croccafellas, just outside the gate of the hotel was great, service really good and the food tasty and good quality.
Hamiltons across the road, well.....left a bad taste in our mouth. As this was meant to be the venue for our wedding dinner..were were less than impressed. Food dry and bland and the chef did not seem interested in us at all. But the venue itself was nice...good to sit outside and have a glass of wine. This was the reason we did not decide on the hotel for our wedding...bit of a shame really.

Only comment on the Pestana restaurant was that service in the breakfast was sometimes slow.

  • Liked — Rooms and Views
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2008

Hotel is large complex with all type of accomodation from small houses to wooden flats - our was well kitted out and large with balcony overlooking the crocodile river and across to Krugur the other side. Ther is a pool and childrens shoot in another pool for relaxing - I would not say the evening meal was amazing - you could strollup to the bridge in the evening and look at the crocodiles basking in the river below

Website very clear and we booked all in advance and all materialised. The tours were flexible (as they are arranged by an independent company located on the premises) , When we arrived we changed our mind about we did - in the end we stayed 4 nights went on one night drive, 2 day drives and trip to Mohololo conservation park (3hrs both ways) 4 days was just about right - we saw lots of animals - although the lion needed a telescope - it did not rain and the weather was nicely warm . we travelled there in hire car from Jo'berg - took about 5 hours

  • Liked — View from balcony
  • Disliked — Evening meals not great - but ther were other options
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2008

We stayed at the Pestana Lodge for one week. The rooms are lovely. The staff are very friendly, except the odd person on reception. Location is great for the Kruger Park but do NOT book it through reception, walk to the entrance of the hotel and book it direct with the Safari people as this wil save you £10 per person. Strongly recommend the Safari. The food at the hotel is nice, and reasonably priced. There are a choice of 2 restaurants just outside the hotel which are safe to walk to.

Stayed December 2007
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Additional Information about Pestana Kruger Lodge

Address: R570 Riverside Road | 150 meters from Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park, Malelane 1320, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Malelane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Malelane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Kruger Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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