Located in the Greater Kruger Conservancy, right at the Paul Kruger Gate and on the banks of the Sabie River, the lodge-styled Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate reveals expanded amenities and enhanced experiences following a R100 million investment. The upgrade includes a significant increase in capacity across the hotel’s accommodations and facilities.
The Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s top attractions, world-renowned for its spectacular natural landscapes and Big 5 game-viewing. Set in beautiful riverine woodland with immense African trees and rich birdlife all around Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate now delivers an upmarket Kruger experience for today’s traveler.
Soaring wooden walkways and elevated decks radiate from the reception area, creating the hotel’s special treetop ambiance. New features of the reception include a specialty coffee shop where guests can meet and relax over a freshly brewed coffee, specialty teas and other beverages. There is a convenient all-day choice of cakes, muffins, sandwiches and savouries, perfect for grab-and-go.
With the room count expanding from 96 rooms to 138 rooms, there is now a range of accommodation to choose from, from standard to large guest rooms and from the executive to presidential suites, all set in the tranquil natural woodland where gentle Nyala antelope graze. With refined Africa-inspired décor, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, free wi-fi and in-room dining.
The addition of executive suites, the presidential suite and a helipad brings an all-new dimension to Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate. Executive groups, whether family or a corporate team, can now have an exclusive, private experience of all the hotel and its location has to offer. The Presidential suite consists of two en-suite bedrooms with outdoor showers that are linked to other executive suites. The living space includes an exclusive deck and plunge pool; an open-plan 10-seater room for dining and meetings and a private kitchen service. Private, guided game-viewing safaris are on offer.
Key facilities of the hotel such as the Kudyela restaurant and the Lapa have also been expanded and modernized. Generous, buffet-style breakfasts are served both in and outdoors at the Kudyela Restaurant; and memories are made, in the glow of stars and wood fires, as sumptuous dinner feasts are served in the outdoor Lapa, inspired by African tradition and accompanied by local marimba bands, dance troupes and local choirs.
The hotel’s stunning game-viewing walkway set on the banks of the Sabie River offers uninterrupted views into the Kruger Park and houses the Pool Bar. Under the soft-green shade of giant Jackalberry and Marula trees, guests can relax on the spacious deck rimmed by a stunning infinity pool. Chances are, they can see Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo and a number of antelope species. The Pool Bar serves a la carte lunches which include pastas, pizzas, wraps, flame-grilled burgers and sharing platters. This is also a cool spot for sundowners after a long day on safari, and a cocktail menu is on offer for those who want a laid-back time overlooking the river.
At the safari office you can get all the advice you need for self-driving excursions or book morning, all-day, afternoon and night game drives that take you into the best game-rich reaches of the southern Kruger National Park. You never know what to expect, and that anticipation cuts the air every day as guests get together to set off in open-air safari vehicles and make their personal journey into the African wild.
In 2020, Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate will also be opening a sensational African-inspired Spa overlooking the Sabie River, as well as revitalized conference and event facilities. When it comes to seamlessly combining all the comforts of a 4-star hotel experience with authentic Kruger Park safaris, there is nothing to rival the guest experience at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate.
For more information or to make a booking please visit Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate’s website