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Crocodile Kruger Safari Lodge
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“Excellent !!!!!”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

We are a family group of 6-8 people who have been visiting Crocodile Kruger Safari Lodge at least once a year for the past 3 years for a quick getaway and we have yet to be dissappointed!!
The service is excellent, Jacques and his staff are always extremely friendly and helpful and the food very, very tasteful. The traditional boma night is well organised and always something to look forward to, some members of the family are even brave enough to try some "African Mopani Worms". Game drives into the Kruger Park can be arranged and are highly recommended.The lodge itself and the scenery are out of this world !! Crocodile Kruger Safari Lodge will definitely be seeing us again and again. We highly recommend this establishment to anyone looking for an affordable, relaxing and luxurious getaway ! Absolutely Magnificent!!!

Room Tip: The view from the upstair rooms are superb. Bathrooms nice and spacious.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

My hubby and I spent a few nights at Crocodile Kruger in January 2012. We had a fabulous time, thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere of the Lodge, the service and the views over Kruger from the pool and balcony. I wish we could have stayed longer; on our second day we were visiting real estate agencies, dreaming of living in Marloth Park!

The animals (giraffe, zebra, warthog, kudu, baboons etc) roaming free and so unbothered by human presence was really revitalising - you truly feel in harmony with nature there. We also felt very safe with the security gates and guards at the entrances to the Park, as well as the impressive response of the security company we encountered (we went for a walk and passed two slightly unfriendly men; literally two minutes later a man in a ute arrived and asked us if we'd seen them, that he was looking for a couple of thieves. Speedy!)

Jaques and his team offered us wonderful, friendly hospitality. The rooms were lovely and clean, with very "African" decor and the original artworks were a great touch. The lodge itself ticked all the boxes for me - I'm a big fan of thatched anything. We sat in the lap of luxury on the balcony, watching elephant and impala just across the river, listening to the "laughing" of hippos and sipping on cocktails as the sun went down. The pool area where dinner was served was magical in the evenings, with fire crackling and the warmth of the night enveloping us. Love, love, LOVE! Authentic to the bugs attracted to the lights - it wouldn't be Africa outdoors without them. Authenticity stopped at the right time though, and the air-conditioning in the rooms was very welcome - we had excellent, comfortable sleep, even in the middle of summer.

My only complaints were that when you swam a huge amount of leaf/flower litter got stirred up from the bottom of the pool and was less than pleasant (probably the time of year when that particular tree was shedding, so pretty hard to stop, I did see one staff member cleaning the pool in the morning, but he only got what was floating at the time - obviously what had settled at the bottom was missed), and that the food was a little unexciting. The standard of eating out in South Africa is generally very high, so I was disappointed with the execution of the meals, for example one night dessert was something like instant pudding. But then I'm a foodie, so others might not find that an issue. The dinner service, however, was fantastic. Those are the only reasons Crocodile Kruger didn't score 5 out of 5 from me.

I would love to go back, and would certainly recommend it.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the lodge for four nights between the 2-6th October 2012. Jacques, Erika and all of the staff made us feel very welcome from start to finish. The room was clean and tidy and perfectly adequate for our needs. Nothing was too much trouble for all of the staff who treated us so well throughout our stay. The food was included in our booking and was served on the terrace outside by a fire pit. There was not a single meal that we did not enjoy - all excellently cooked and presented.
The lodge is perfectly situated about 40 minutes drive from Nelspruit Airport and very easy to drive to. The Airport itself is stunning - a thatched lodge which services the two major airports of Johannesburg and Cape Town, along with many others. We transferred from Jo'burg to Nelspruit on South African Airlines and were very impressed with the service.
The weather was hot (mid 30's), which allowed us to take advantage of an all day safari with Kobus, which was fantastic and we managed to see all of the 'big 5' . We also took a sunset drive with Sandra, Kobus's wife, during which our jeep was chased down the road by a black mamba snake - such a talking point for ages afterwards ! Both drives arranged by the lodge.
The lodge sits on the banks overlooking Crocodile River and the Kruger Park. Within Marloth Park, you can still 'bump' into Zebra's, Giraffe's and many other animals right on your doorstep !
We hired a normal saloon vehicle but would probably have been more suited to a 4 x 4 type vehicle, however our vehicle was more than adequate. For a small fee, we even got our car washed prior to departure.
All in all, we would recommend this lodge and certainly consider returning in the future.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The riverside location is beautiful. The apartment is well equipped + spacious, with a private terrace (which is unfortunately used as a passage of employees). Bathroom and kitchen could be cleaner.
Jacques is with the heart and does his job very well.

The driveway is borderline for a normal car; the roads in the Kruger, even the dust and gravel roads were much better. There is a new and better approach - which for us would also have been much shorter (because we passed it coming from Kruger).
Unfortunately, the staff has not made us aware of it.
The welcome wasn't warm in any way. We wanted to participate in a boma (barbecue), but when we arrived, Lydia, one of the executives, told us that this has taken place the day before, and not as described on the web and booked just 5 days before our arrival, on Saturday.
She also told us that we now unfortunately could not attend the dinner, as we had not reserved 48 hours before arrival (we did'nt get a a message about these facts). To next shop near the park entrance, we would again have had to track about 20 minutes, and this shortly before closing..We were very upset!
Jaques finally "saved" us: we could participate with two people at the dinner. Thanks Jacques! The lady behaves just very impolite and we felt to be her annoying- too bad for business, but no problem, there are some other beautiful lodges around, that gladly take our money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Crocodile Kruger Safari Lodge is a wonderful and tranquil place to stay. The location looking across the Crocodile River is exceptional. We saw Elephant, Hippo, Impala and Waterbuck amongst others. Taking a walk along the crocodile river is a "must do" activity.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Crocodile Kruger Lodge is a good place to stay with direct view to Kruger Park.
The Boma Evening is a really nice experience that is well organised by the staff.
The staff can also book to you Game Drives at the Kruger Park. We recommend you to do them! They are great.

Now some negative points:
- the rooms were not very clean (spiders net everywhere), and the carpet and curtains also do not help to keep it clean. Maybe they should change to a material that does not attract so much dust.
- the swimming pool was also not very clean.
- the area around the pool, including tables, chairs and laydown beds could also be cleaner.
- the drum player at the Boma evening, should be present so the people can see him.

Sometimes we got the idea that the owners had a diamant in hands, the staff is really happy with it, but the owners do not have the know-how to polish it. that means, that Crocodile Kruger Lodge is a good place, but it could be an amazing place. We recommend it. We just wrote some negative points, because we really hope that this helps the friendly Staff (specially Jacques) and owners to polish that diamant.
Maybe the owners are happy like that, and dont let the Jacques and the remaining Staff improve it. I dont know, I just find a pity, that Crocodile Kruger Lodge does not reach completely its potential.
But again, we recommend it, and you should stay there. I'm sure they will still improve it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

There are so many aspects of this place that could be improved in order to make it a far better place.
The location right by the river and looking across Crocodile River into the Kruger is exceptional and although we did not see any animals in the immediate vicinity we spoke to others who did.
Unlike other reviewers we were not greeted with drinks. That is not a problem but what was surprising was when we ordered drinks we were told wine could not be served by the glass, only by the bottle, although this can be kept either in the bar fridge or your room fridge.
Our room was adequately sized. The patio door would not lock but after a little persuasion the staff dealt with this matter.
Meals are served, weather permitting, on the outside terrace. However, there was no choice given and the food, although edible, was not great.
There were not many guests there at the time of our visit and the atmosphere would have been improved by sitting everyone around the same table. We ended up moving around chatting anyway.
The morning after our arrival we went on a game drive to the Kruger and breakfast was provided by the lodge. It was of poor quality, consisting of a ham and cheese sandwich on white bread, a hard boiled egg, a yoghurt and an apple washed down with juice and coffee.
The following morning when we had breakfast at the lodge we found the buffet consisted of cereals and a sparse bowl of fruit and some individual yoghurts.
Tea and coffee came in the way of hot water in flasks and tea bags and instant coffee.
My wife and I opted for omelette which was not very good as it was slightly overcooked.
The staff were attentive and with a little care and attention things could be vastly improved here.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Crocodile Kruger Safari Lodge
Address: 442 Crocodile road | Marloth Park, Marloth Park 1320, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Marloth Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Marloth Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Crocodile Kruger Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Crocodile Kruger Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of the Crocodile river overlooking the world famous Kruger National park.The lodge is situated in a nature reserve with free roaming wild animals on your doorstep.The six luxury en-suite rooms are all airconditioned and is fitted with a mini bar , safe , coffee making facilities and private terrace/balcony. The self catering options sleeps either 2 or 6 persons and is equiped with a kitchen as well as braai facilities.Meals are served on the pool deck or in the traditional African Boma and is included in the Luxury romm rates. Self drive or guided game drives in Kruger Park is available from the lodge. Game walks and mountainbike routes in the nature reserve is also available.Free Wi-Fi is available in common areas. ... more   less 
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