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Pestana Kruger Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Malelane
Reviewed 3 January 2009

Firstly, if you want to stay here make sure you're in the Lion or Leopard suites or don't bother. The Buffalo accommodation is some considerable distance from the lodge and steeply uphill, not recommended for older travellers or those with young kids. Get hold of them beforehand to make sure you have a clear river view, otherwise you'll feel you're staying in a mediocre timeshare brick apartment, anywhere. This isn't a bad place, but it needs updating and some strategic customer focus. At our arrival, the reception person was on the phone for the entire welcome. Papers were thrust at us for signing, and that was it. Our toilet seat was cracked and mosquito netting on the door broken. The food quality we found pretty good for carnivores, not so much for vegetarians. The desserts could've used less pastry. On the whole though, a great location for access to Kruger, with stunning views - be sure to be up by 5am for the queue for access to the park though!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Weather, Manager at Pestana Kruger Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2009

Various room types are available. To have the river view a delux room must be booked, and not a standard room which is at a lower rate.

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Reviewed 3 November 2008

Pestana Kruger Lodge is a marvellous place on the bench of Crocodile River, and accross the river you have the famous Kruger National Park. That close.

On a 0-5 scale I'll give 10 stars for the fantastic panorama from Pestanas balcony where to see exciting "safaris" passing by when not being in Kruger to pass by yourself.

One day 35 elephants walked on a line at the opposit bench - cups among adults - and as if being on my command they went over to my side for relaxing, eating grass and having a bath. The cups were playing in the stream and the elephant mothers and aunts fenched them in for protecting them against the crcocodiles, for this river sticks up to its name.

There was always new animals to see from the balcony: buffalos, hippos, antilopes, warthogs, elephants and birds from big fish herons to a lot of small colourful birds such as hummingbirds. And high in the sky we saw eagles and vultures circling.

Pestana Kruger Lodge was a wonderful basis for my photo safari vacation. Just 500 meter from the Malelane gate to Kruger. Beautiful houses in a well peserved park with a big pool. Everything clean and cosy.

The food was delicious with a morning buffet offering all to desire of hot and cold. I had my omelet with fresh vegetables every morning. Dinner offered a fantastic buffet of 8-10 dishes to choose among, all very tasteful, and the African wines were very, very good wines too.

And I still miss the amazing, kind, smiling, helpful service people you can ever imagine.

I like Africa, I like the safaris and I love Pestana for what it has been for me: the most outstanding frames for having my life experience.

Ove Kingod
Denmark

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 October 2008

This hotel represents an broken down lodge milking the customers with a dirty pool:sad breakfeast esp eggs ;dinner tired and coffee at an extra charge:rooms need to be updated;outside balconys all held up with tape;polluted sugar river flowing thru the lodge ;the staff were friendly but untrained ,smoke from the smokers linger thru out lodge ;it reopresends South Africa back in a time warp in 1960

2010 it will need to get its act together ;I feel that I should be financially refunded as it was below standard

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank wilderbeast3
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Reviewed 7 October 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.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 4 October 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!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 August 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, travelled with family
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1  Thank MansfieldTown
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Reviewed 11 August 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.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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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
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Malelane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Malelane
Price Range: £91 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Kruger Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pestana Kruger is a 4 star hotel, situated in South Africa just 70m from the Southern entrance to Kruger National Park and only 150m from Malelane Gate, one of the most important access point to the park. Is surrounded by marvelous gardens and offers a fantastic view of the Crocodile River, where hippos and several wildlife species can be seen. The hotel has many special facilities that includes two outdoor pools and one indoor pool, a restaurant and two bars and one SPA that offers a range of body treatments and a Turkish bath. The rooms have views over the river and gardens, decorated with African motifs. They all have balconies and internet Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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