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Pestana Kruger Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Malelane
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“Great setting!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed here in the executive rooms that overlooked the river, hippos and elephants visited more than once fantastic!!!

The rooms were well furnished and serviced, a short stroll to the bar and the pool. We found the staff to be excellent, courteous and helpful and always cheerful, such a refreshing change to some hotels.

Manager was always around and interested in feedback of stay and provided very useful local knowledge for banks etc.

The food was buffet style with the option for A la carte or snacks, quality was good and fair choice, no complaints.

Kruger park is literally on the doorstep, 5 minutes away, what a pleasure!

Will definitely recommend and intend on making a return visit.

Excellent venue for families and children, extensive grounds and good pools.

Room Tip: If you have children the family rooms are well situated by the pool, but if you want to view Crocodi...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

The first impression of arriving and going to the deck and watch elephants, hippopotamus and crocodiles in Crocodile river is just amazing.
The lodge is very close to Kruger Park, the rooms are clean and comfortable, all the premisses are taken care of and the food is delicious.
Both the food and drinks at the hotel's restaurant and bar are cheap!

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the reception can get access to the wireless.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Centurion, South Africa
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We visited the hotel during the long weekend in September 2013. We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary.The hotel is ideally situated close to Kruger National Park's Malelane gate. It has great views of the river and we saw lots of Elephant, Crocs and Hippo from the viewing deck. The rooms are comfortable and well laid out with all necessities. The service was quite good. The only drawback was the food. Their website advertises an a-la-carte restaurant. However, when we enquired to see the a-la-carte menu, we were informed that during busy times they only serve buffet, not quite the romantic dinner for two I envisaged. That being said, the buffet was not too bad as buffets go and they did offer to prepare a separate meal for us, but only after we made a request. The breakfast buffet was fairly good.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2013

It was funtastic being here on the deck of the hotel looking to crocodile river, on sunset and look to nature as it is. Elephants and Rinos on the river eating and enjoying the savana life. Great restaurant with good food and a breakfast to remenber! A place to return!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I found this hotel to be delightful...ok, the shower head wasleaky, but the room/cabin was roomy, modern, and clean. European or African hotels, hostels, and guesthouses don't always compare as well. The staf was welcoming and courteous. The food was plentiful and delicious.
But the best part is something that doesn't even have a category on Tripadvisor. I was with a group of 6, and we engaged Echo Africa Safaris and Tours. These guys were fantastic. They picked us up at our hotel in Maputo, Mozambique and drove us to a meeting place near Kruger where we met our safari guide, William (ask for him if you are touring Kruger!). Our bags went on ahead to the Pastana lodge while we safari's all day, then William took us to the lodge after our safari. The next day he picked us up at the lodge for another full day of safari-ing. The next day Echo Africa Safaris provided transportation for the 5-hour trip to Johannesburg for our flight home. Great service for a reasonable price!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Stayed in Buffalo Family room.
Old cupboards. Dirty carpets.
Shower head was old and dirty and water leaked out of shower cubicle.
Supper and breakfast buffet had (in my view) a small selection of tasteless food.
Baked pastries awful and doughy.

Terrible stench from a stream close by. Culprit could be the nearby sugar factory.

Only good thing is the location close to the Malelane gate.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Maputo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2013

The lodge is set up to cater for many. If you like buffets you will be satisfied, the food is ok, but not the best quality. The rooms are spacious, but a little old and in need of a makeover. We were in a balcony room which had views of the Crocodile river, so we saw hippos and elephants. Proximity to Malelane gate is very good.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 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 1 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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