We had a very nice time at LA Kruger, and did not regret at all our choice (it is very dificult to choose as there are so many around KNP).
We enjoyed the small scale of the hotel that made us feel like we were the only guests there, even if it wasn't the case. We had the lovely small swimming pool to ourselves (complimentary pool towels, much appreciated).
The decoration of the lodge is extremely tasteful: small buildings linked by wooden terraces, going up and down and providing great intimacy to the bungalows. Africa is present everywhere, but no clichés.
Big thumbs up to the private outdoor shower.
I do not put such a good grade to the service and should explain why:
All the staff is very friendly and extremely serviceable... but maybe too much for European standards. Maybe it is just how South Africans like it, but we felt a bit invaded, and sometimes we thought less intrusions in the room would have been nice. There is no need for the staff to go and clean up every time the guests get out of their room. Once a day is far enough!
We had very lovely dinners by the fireside, and, once again, were very much cared for... which means we couldn't really enjoy the quiet romanticism of the moment. (I insist, it was always very nice and friendly)
I should still say that, overall, I would absolutely recommend this place, and also recommend to book the safaris with them without thinking as they work with great guides for a good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LA KRUGER LIFESTYLE LODGE is an architectural designed development proudly put on offer by its owners, especially for the discerning guest to enjoy a unique lifestyle experience in the African bush. Situated in Marloth Park, a safari wildlife sanctuary, bordering the Kruger National Park in South Africa , close to the N4 between Malelane & Komatipoort, a stone throw away from the Mozambique - & Swaziland border. The Lodge is literally tucked away in the most beautiful bushveld of southern Kruger National Park region, which forms the backdrop to a spectacle of sounds, smells and sightings. Decks are built around the existing Marula tree and other bushveld trees, creating a centre stage for joining our luxury bush chalets by elevated walkways for your convenience. With the natural sounds and scents of the bush, guests are quickly transported to a surreal feeling far away from everyday routine and responsibilities. In this wonderful setting where zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, bush buck and warthog welcome you. Bird watchers are treated to endemic birds of all sizes and an orchestra of bird calls. After a day in the Kruger National Park guests can relax and enjoy the stunning sunset, while enjoying your favourite cocktail next to the infinity splash pools or you can take an outside shower under the African sky to cool you down, while you can listen to the mighty roar of a lion in the distance or the crazy laugh of the hyena. The luxurious interior design of La Kruger Lifestyle Lodge offers comfort away from home while you are pampered and spoilt by friendly and helpful staff. Private en-suite bathrooms allow you to freshen up in the privacy of your chalet or room. After the spectacular sunset a delectable three course dinner will be served, as the end to an award winning day in Africa at a boma fire under the Marula tree. The wonderful sights and experiences you had will replay in your mind’s eye and will be bookmarked as an unforgettable visit to La Kruger Lifestyle Lodge. ... more less
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