The Pestana Kruger Lodge is located within close proximity to the Malelane Gate, one of two southern entrance gates into the Kruger National Park. The other being Crocodile Bridge, 40km further east along the N4 national road.
The 4-star ‘Lodge’, in fact more of a holiday resort, is ideally placed for quick excursions into the Park. The Malelane Gate is a minute’s drive from the Lodge. The Kruger Park’s fence is on the southern side of the river and includes the actual river. Thus from the sections of the resort that look onto the Crocodile River there’s a good chance of spotting elephant coming to drink, hippopotamus, crocodiles, etc.
To take advantage of this the resort has a pool- and restaurant deck on the river banks. It’s the perfect location for sunset cocktails or enjoying a meal while taking in your surroundings. The Buhlebethu Restaurant, with a double-volume open-ceiling thatched roof also provides service at tables on the pool / viewing deck. The a la carte restaurant serves three meals a day. Nearby there’s also the Eshonalanga Bar. Groups have the option of dinner under the stars, in a traditional reed enclosing and with views onto the River at the hotel’s Boma.
Accommodation is either in a 2-storey hotel wing or in semi-detached or separate chalets. The grounds feature lawns and indigenous vegetation, including beautiful fever trees. A small stream cutting through the property feeds into the Crocodile River. Room types on offer are Standard, Family, Luxury and Suites.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
The Lowveld was previously known as the Eastern Transvaal Lowveld. Following the end of Apartheid in 1994 the province's name was changed to Mpumalanga and the area is simply called The Lowveld. The Lowveld section of the province is part of the coastal plane and is more or less 200m above sea-level.
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is internationally renowned as a world leader in conservation policies, practices and techniques. This Park stretches over 20 000 square kilometers (2 million hectares) and is home to an incredible variety of plant, bird and animal species, including the “big five” (elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo).