Pestana Kruger Lodge

Accommodation in Malelane Gate

Star Rating:4

Pestana Kruger Lodge is situated less than a kilometre away from Malelane Gate, the most southern entrance to the Kruger National Park.  It is approximately 4 hours drive from Johannesburg (402km), 56km from Nelspruit, 6km from the town of Malelane, 176km from Maputo and an hour’s drive from Swaziland.  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.   It’s a rare pleasure to watch the hippos so close by; and the other animals as they stroll down to the river for a drink of water or to cool down.


Pestana Group was named in the official European Hotel Management Magazine as the only Portuguese hotel group in the “European Top 50” Survey ranking organised by the HMI.


Lat:   -25.460170
Long:   31.537856

Room Description at :

Pestana Kruger Lodge has a total of 74 rooms, with views over the river or the gardens. The comfortable rooms have an earthy décor with an African touch and all rooms have balconies.

All the rooms are equipped with:

• Air Conditioning
• Satellite TV 
• Direct dial telephone
• Electronic Safe Deposit Box
• Hair Dryer 
• mini bar fridges stocked on request
• Voltage 220V (3 pin is used in SA 2 pin sockets are provided in every room)
• Tea & Coffee making facilities
• Room service menu
• Laundry Service
• En-Suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries

32 Standard Rooms
*Twin beds 
* En suite bathroom has a shower only
* 8 of these standard rooms are smoking
* These rooms have garden view.

10 Deluxe Rooms
*Kingsize beds
* En suite bathroom has a separate bath and shower
* The rooms are located on the bank of the Crocodile River.

30 Family Rooms
*One queen bed & a sleeper couch in the room which is ideal for the kids sharing with parents
* One of the family rooms is customised for wheelchair access.

2  Suites
Rhino Suite -
2 bedrooms:
* King-size Bed
* 4 person maximum
* 2 bathrooms
* Shower and bath
* Private garden
* Swimming Pool
* Garden view

Hippo Suite (Presidential Suite) - 1 bedroom:
* King-size Bed
* 2 person maximum
* 2 bathrooms
* Shower and bath
* Lounge and Desk Work station
* Private garden


Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates include:
Accommodation, breakfast, taxes

Rates exclude:
Dinner, lunch, optional excursions, Tourism levy of 1%


Extra information

Internal Facilities:
  • Camelot Health Spa
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • 2 outdoor swimming pools
  • Board Games
  • Conference rooms 
  • Internet
  • Room Service
  • Airport transfer Service
  • Satellite TV
  • Parking Area free of charge

External Facilities:

  • Bush walks
  • Excursions
  • Open Vehicle Safaris
  • Wildlife Excursions
  • Panorama Tours
  • Golf
  • Tennis or Squash
  • Shopping
  • Casino

BUHLEBETHU Restaurant:
This is the restaurant located in the Lodge and has a view of the Crocodile River. Offers “À La Carte” service with contemporary South African cuisine. Maximum capacity up to 80 persons.

Breakfast from 7h00 to 10h30
Light Lunch from 11h00 to 17h00
Dinner from 19h00 to 22h00

Breakfast packs are available on request for those setting off early in the day.

It is situated on the right of the Pestana Kruger Lodge and has a capacity for 120 persons. The restaurant is located over the water inhabited by 7 crocodiles.
It is open from 08h00 daily till late and offers a bistro style meal.
This venue may be booked for private functions.

Located on the hotel main building is open daily from 10h00 to 24h00. Drink an exotic cocktail while watching the sunset, in the bar or view deck while the wild animals come to drink at the Crocodile River.

This operates from 07:00 – 22:00, light cold sandwiches and salads are available.


This is an outdoor experience you cannot miss!! The “Boma” 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 up to a maximum of 150

What to pack

Casual, comfortable wash and wear clothing is most useful. Jackets and ties are required in city hotel restaurants and golf clubs. All hotels offer extremely quick laundry turnaround, usually within a couple of hours. It is certainly not necessary to bring a separate change of clothing for each day and evening, and it is recommended that you keep luggage to a minimum for your own comfort and ease of transport, especially if you are using light aircraft transfers.
The most practical items to pack for your South African holiday are:

o Shorts & Cotton T-shirts
o Swimming costume
o Good comfortable walking shoes
o Casual lightweight cotton, khaki or neutral coloured clothes for safari
o Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives or cool evenings
o Wide brimmed hat
o Personal toiletries, sun barrier creams and lip creams
o Anti-malaria prophylactics
o Binoculars, camera and accessories
o Sunglasses