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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Travel: Accomodation Near Kruger Park - Hotel Protea Kruger Gate, South Africa

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Looking for somewhere to stay just outside the Kruger national park? I've got just the recommendation for you! 

The Hotel Protea Kruger Gate is ideally located, (yes you've probably guessed from the name) right outside the Paul Kruger Gate entrance to the Kruger National Park, in the Mpumalanga area. 

This is an ideal stopping point if your looking to head into the Kruger National Park for the day on your own self-drive safari. This was the main reason we chose this hotel for our five night stay, before making our 6 hour drive north, over to the Timbavati private game and nature reserve

Upon arrival, we were welcomed under a towering indigenous portico. There is an air of romance all around at this hotel, with scattered verandas and walkways leading to your room, the pool and indoor and outdoor dining areas. 

The superior rooms were spacious with large luxury en-suites. The hotel also offers 7 six-sleeper chalets, fully equipped with self-catering facilities, if your after a more rustic, bush environment - do be aware that the monkeys do tend to hang around here in their numbers! 

What makes the Hotel Protea Kruger Gate even more special, is its unique combination of pampering comforts, while still surrounded by remarkable natural wonders of the African wildlife, right at your fingertips. 

With the Kruger Gate entrance a mere 100 metres down the road, we were ideally placed to be ready and at the gate for 6.30am every morning to register for our passes (some mornings!) and head into the park and start our wildlife spotting for the day. If this feature is not enough to tempt you, the hotel also boasts some special features and facilities which made our trip all the more memorable! 

For example, the game-viewing opportunities available from your very door-step. Take for example the elevated outdoor bar, here we could relax and sip cocktails every night after a long day of our self-drive safari, while watching elephants and hippos go about their daily activities, on the banks of the sabie river. 

There was one day where we didn't fancy heading into the park and wanted to chill around the hotel, so we spent a day by the pool, taking a dip in the luxurious surroundings of the swimming pool, we were even greeted by monkeys while sunbathing several times.  

For those more inclined to luxury and pampering comforts, you can even visit Dees African Spa, which we decided to do on our chill day around the hotel. The spa again is setup on an elevated veranda overlooking the Kruger National Park and the banks of the sabie river - a haven for relaxation and tranquility, with spa treatments based on ancient traditional massage methods, highly influenced by African culture. 

The massage room is private and set back from wandering eyes (not that there are many in this type of environment) and in front theres a private viewing deck; so while Alex had his massage I sat back with a mojito, while listening to the birds chirping, watching the hippos slowly make their way towards to the water's edge. I did have to pinch myself a few times in these moments! 

Dining was a special highlight, with some nights spent dining in the open air around the boma fire, under the stars - this was pretty magical. Every night I was amazed at how clear the sky was, frequently littered with stars and even planets (I spotted mars most nights during that trip). 

When the weather was stable, they would setup a buffet dinner outside around the boma fire in the Lapa restaurant with lots of chairs dotted around and luckily lots of outdoor heaters. Bearing in mind we did travel in their winter where the evenings can be rather chilly! 

A fews days later into our trip, me and Alex were very lucky to experience a night in an actual treehouse in the middle of the South Africa bush - a sleep-out experience provided by the Motswari Private Game Reserve - catch up with my review here

More posts to come with details on all the animals we spotted on our self-drive safaris!



  1. This looks like the place of dreams, you have captured it beautifully! :D It looks magical, I've always had a dream of living in a treehouse like this :D I can't wait to read more! xx

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  2. Wowwww this looks so dreamy. It's definitely near the top of my bucket list to visit South Africa. It sounds absolutely incredible - and a massage room omg. Take me there!
    Great blog lovely x

    Y x |

  3. Wowwww this looks so dreamy. It's definitely near the top of my bucket list to visit South Africa. It sounds absolutely incredible - and a massage room omg. Take me there!
    Great blog lovely x

    Y x |


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