Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

We do NOT like buffet dinners, staying outside the national parks or staying in hotels!

Having said that, the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, which is all three of the above, is the exception!  

This Hotel is perfectly located on its private reserve which is just 100 meters from Paul Kruger gate on the banks of the Sabie River, with a lovely view looking into the Kruger National Park. 

night view in Protea Hotel garden

The hotel has the feel of a hotel but the look and warmth of a safari lodge!

Relax in Protea Hotle lounge

We arrived with the beating of the drums and a nice cold welcome drink then it was check in time. As we arrived we were very impressed with the layout of the hotel and the feel of it.  

A warm welcome at Protea Hotel

The main area has a large entrance leading down to the reception area with a well-stocked curio shop on the left and a large seating area in the middle of reception.

Curios for Africa

A stunning bar with great leopard pics lies next to a cosy lounge which has a large fireplace for those cold nights. Toilets lie between the bar and the Kudyela restaurant, where guests can enjoy a buffet style breakfast or a’ la carte lunch on the wooden deck.

Warm lounge with fire place
out side view of Boma Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

A wooden walkway leads down to the hug Lapa where sumptuous buffet dinners are served and I can tell you these are like no other dinners we have ever had, it has restored our faith in Buffets. 

Protea Hotels Lapa
Inside Lapa

From the roasts - lamb, beef, & pork - to the curries, salads, pastas, stir-fries, potjies to the wonderful selection of sweets, we could not fault anything. 

Great food at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

The food is just fantastic and well worth every mouthful. 

Dinner in the Lapa

Our hostess posed for a photograph next to the rhino they have near the dessert table. She was dressed in her traditional Shangaan outfit.

People stop to have their photographs taken next to the rhino - then it is emailed to you.  This is a lovely touch for both local and overseas visitors who will have this as a memento.

traditional Shangaan outfit

A shaded wooden walkway leads to unique seated viewing decks, with views over the Sabie River. 

view into Kruger from Protea Hotels viewing deck

On the far right of the walkway is the Spa and on the left is the sundowner bar, which then leads down to the swimming pool area – they have a kiddies playground, tennis court, volleyball and putt-putt. So there is something for everyone at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate. 

look out for the baboons and monkeys

Look out for the weather station that gives you an up to date weather forecast every day (it's a hanging rock!).

weather station

The hotel has 96 en-suite rooms and 7 six-sleeper self-catering chalets. 

view of Protea Hotels rooms from outside

Each hotel room has a satellite TV, tea-coffee making facilities, mini bar fridge and one or two queen size beds. 


Lovely rooms at Protea Hotel

Large sliding doors lead onto the gardens of overlook the swimming pool area.

Protea's swimming pool at night

Bushbuck, Zebra and Blue wildebeest can be seen grazing on the lawns. At reception there is a picture of a leopard, when I asked where the picture was taken the guys said outside one of the rooms……so here the wildlife comes to you!

Zebra outside our room

Every morning when we left to go for our self-drive safari we got our breakfast box which was great and kept us going till dinner time. 

Protea Hotel does a mean breakfast box

We stayed at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate for just three nights but saw six of the super-seven animals! We saw the Big-five plus wild dogs - the only animal we missed was the cheetah.

Click here to read our trip-report and see the images we captured.

We really had a great time and a big thank you to all the Protea Hotel staff members who made our stay a memorable one….God willing, we will be back!

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