Pestana Kruger Lodge

26 Guest Reviews
26 Customer Reviews
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Pestana Kruger Lodge is situated less than a kilometre away from the Malelane Gate, the southern-most entrance to the Kruger National Park. It is approximately four hours' drive from Johannesburg, 56 km from Nelspruit, 6 km from the town of Malelane, 176 km from Maputo and an hour’s drive from Swaziland.

The lodge is surrounded by 22 hectares of indigenous gardens and bush with magnificent views of the Crocodile River, which borders the Kruger National Park. It’s a rare pleasure to watch the hippos so close by, as well as the other animals as they stroll down to the river for a drink of water or to cool down.

Pestana Kruger Lodge has a total of 74 rooms; the comfortable rooms have earthy interiors with an African touch and all rooms have balconies. All the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct dial telephones, electronic safe deposit boxes, hairdryers and mini-bar fridges stocked on request. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee-making facilities and a laundry service are provided.

Buhlebethu restaurant is located in the lodge and has a view of the Crocodile River. This restaurant offers light lunches and a set menu or buffet for dinner with contemporary South African cuisine. Breakfast packs are available on request for those setting off early in the day. Crocafellas restaurant is situated right at the entrance to the Pestana Kruger Lodge and has a capacity of 120 persons. The restaurant is located on the water inhabited by seven crocodiles. It is open from 11h00 daily until late and offers bistro-style meals. This venue may be booked for private functions. Eshonalanga bar is located in the hotel main building is open daily from 10h00 to 24h00. We offer room service from 07h00 until 22h00; light, cold sandwiches and salads are available.

The Camelot Health Spa at Pestana Kruger Lodge is unique, luxurious and caters for your every need. It's fully equipped with a hydro bath, a steam room, a relaxation area and a double treatment suite which leads out onto its own private treatment garden. Experience a bush massage which will make you feel both the tranquility of the bushveld and the healing touch of your therapist. Combine this with Camelot's philosophy of creating a haven to relax and revitalize your body, mind and soul, and you will have a sensory experience of a lifetime. A healthy spa menu is available and the spa also offers an indoor swimming pool.

The boma provides an outdoor experience you cannot miss; it is an African tradition that offers a typical dinner in an outdoor setting, served around the campfire. These meals must be requested in advance and can be ordered for a minimum of 20 people and a maximum of 150.

Other facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, a supertube, board games, Internet, airport transfers and a local crafts workshop. Close by guests can enjoy bush walks, open vehicle safaris, panorama tours, golf, tennis, squash, shopping and quad biking.
  • Type: Safari Lodge
  • Sleeps: 208
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 27
  • Parking Available
  • Babysitting Services
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
  • Portuguese


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

26 Reviews on Pestana Kruger Lodge

The location is very good being so close to the gate. The souther part of the park is wonderfull. The look of the Lodge is very nice. Unfortunately we were no impressed with the rooms or the food.

28 July 2014

No suite just 2 rooms joined by a room with 1 couch! Rooms need upgrading! Price high for what you get! Will not be visiting again! Take Doom! Spiders in shower on arrival! Jaccuzi in one room but not enough hot water to fill bath!

30 July 2013

Hi, we did enjoy our stay but the family room is very small and ideally should have two bedrooms and another bathroom. Regards.

23 October 2012

I would like to advise my review into 2 categories. 1. Staff. 2. Facilities. I personally think the manageress and staff of Pestana Lodge is Pestana's biggest asset. Their willingness, friendliness and kindness is something they can be proud of. The facilities of Pestana need attention, on arrival the aircon of our room wasn't working but we were moved the following day to a new room. The deck outside the room needs attention due to rotten wood. The same could be said of the deck at the dining room, the wood needs to be oiled, there are loose poles in the handrailing and at one stage I was worried that the children could fall from the deck. The lights at the handrailing isn't in a good condition either. But as I said the staff of Pestana made our stay pleasant and we will make use of Pestana Lodge in future.

05 September 2012

arrived Friday evening and left Sunday morning. Rooms were fine, as well as service in general with attentive staff. Food was good. All organizational matters were handled perfectly. Nice and very cleanly setting. Sitting on the terrace sipping an evening drink and watching the animals down at the river was an exciting experience.

26 October 2009
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