Protea Hotel by Marriott, Kruger Gate

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

The Protea Hotel by Marriott, Kruger Gate rests in one of the most enviable locations overlooking the Kruger National Park just outside Paul Kruger Gate. Wooden boardwalks and luscious gardens run throughout the hotel's grounds with the bar offering excellent views on a raised deck overlooking the Sabie River. The hotel is an affordable choice for those looking to self-drive in the Kruger National Park or who wish to relax in a hotel atmosphere and add professional game-drives as they please.

Amenities

  • Tennis
  • Safari
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Where is it

An amazing location next to the Paul Kruger Gate and overlooking the Kruger Park. Transfer time from Skukuza Airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

96 rooms on 2 floors in 3 buildings. All with air-conditioning, TV, safe, tea/coffee maker and mini-bar*. Superior Rooms with twin or double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board includes: includes breakfast and dinner.

Superior Family Rooms are larger, offering ample space for families, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Open-air Lapa restaurant (International), Kudyela (breakfast and lunch). Pool/deck bar overlooking the Sabie River. Several hides for close-up viewing. Swimming pool. Dee's African Spa*. Mini-golf*, tennis court, volleyball, table tennis and children's playground. Game drives in the Kruger National park can be booked locally giving you the opportunity to search for the 'Big Five'*. Avis car hire available at Skukuza Airport and complimentary parking is available at the hotel.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: Virgin Holidays guests also receive complimentary environmental patrol, bottle of water for self drive activities, free binocular rental (deposit required) and local area/sightings map. Park fee of R 204 per person must be paid locally.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice place close to the entrance gate to Kruger NP

Nov 26, 2021 BeeDee_1 Erlangen, Germany

We stayed there for one night. IN addition to the pool area they feature now a nice infinity pool with view to the Sabi River. The greeting was nice as always in Africa. The rooms were spacious, but required quite a walk to the main area with restaurant. The air condition was working properly. The premises are well maintained and offer abundant… Read more
We stayed there for one night. IN addition to the pool area they feature now a nice infinity pool with view to the Sabi River. The greeting was nice as always in Africa. The rooms were spacious, but required quite a walk to the main area with restaurant. The air condition was working properly. The premises are well maintained and offer abundant vegetation. The dinner there was buffet style, offered lots of different food. Everybody of our group found enough to tasty dishes. The breakfast offered a plenty of different food. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Civilisation in the bushvelt!

Nov 21, 2021 Martin_1967_10 Hove, United Kingdom

I love visiting South Africa, and I love going on the Safari in the Kruger, I’m happiest when at one with nature. I’ve not always enjoyed the accommodation in the park. This year we decided to stay in the Protea hotel, all I can say is 0MG! This place is a-amazing! A piece of luxury in the I love visiting South Africa, and I love going on the… Read more
I love visiting South Africa, and I love going on the Safari in the Kruger, I’m happiest when at one with nature. I’ve not always enjoyed the accommodation in the park. This year we decided to stay in the Protea hotel, all I can say is 0MG! This place is a-amazing! A piece of luxury in the I love visiting South Africa, and I love going on the Safari in the Kruger, I’m happiest when at one with nature. I’ve not always enjoyed the accommodation in the park. This year we decided to stay in the Protea hotel, all I can say is 0MG! This place is a-amazing! A piece of luxury in the surroundings of the Kruger Park. I definitely had a Eureka moment, civilisation has been found! I was able to get decent coffee and a lovely danish pastry each morning before I went to breakfast. This place is spotlessly clean and in the perfect location, The housekeeping were just so efficient. The staff are terrific, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left they were so attentive. My mother-in-law required a wheelchair, they gave us use of one for our whole stay. The food in the restaurant was really well prepared, top quality! The kitchen staff are just brilliant, from making me an omelette in the morning or cutting up and orange, to making me a stir-fry in the evening. The gym, although basic, has everything you need, plus you can observe some wildlife whilst running on the machine. The pool bar is simply stunning, you can get a lovely lounger and just relax day with a cocktail or two for the whole evening, watching elephants, giraffes and the world go by over the Sabi river. I literally have no negative comments to say about this place, or any constructive feedback, in my view they have nailed it; without a shadow of a doubt I shall be returning. A special mention to the lady who greeted us at dinner and breakfast every day; I love her authenticity, her fabulous clothes and ‘happy go lucky’ attitude. It’s sometimes the small details to go a long way. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful stay on the park boundary for a great experience

Nov 16, 2021 lewm91 Newport, United Kingdom

We recently returned from our honeymoon in South Africa (apparently we were the first Brits to return here since covid!) and during our trip we stayed here for 3 nights. I can honestly say we were blown away by our incredible African experience here. Firstly, we were doubtful about the traveller photos of animals making an appearance but don't be!… Read more
We recently returned from our honeymoon in South Africa (apparently we were the first Brits to return here since covid!) and during our trip we stayed here for 3 nights. I can honestly say we were blown away by our incredible African experience here. Firstly, we were doubtful about the traveller photos of animals making an appearance but don't be! On day two were were at the infinity pool that overlooks the river, and elephants made an appearance! Hippos followed the next day. The vibe here is amazing, and the small antelope and monkeys floating around add to it. I was dubious abut the monkeys having been to Bali where they are a nuisance, but they are not as bold/intrusive as others I've seen so we felt totally comfortable knowing they were there. The rooms here are very modern and comfortable, providing everything we expected and needed from a high end hotel. Breakfast and dinner was out of this world, very authentic! We felt we got the chance to try many great local dishes at dinner. One shout out goes to a particular staff member (I'm sorry my friend but I didn't catch your name) who remember our order the night before of two Windhoek's and a rose with lemonade, and had a beautiful table waiting for us at dinner on our last night with the drinks already in an ice bucket for us. We were both incredibly touched by this as he had no idea when we would be arriving to sit down! This sums up the hotel, we found the staff to be very helpful in every aspect. Even in the daytime when we moved around from pool to pool, ordering several drinks there was never any confusing or change in the service quality. We really noticed this and would recommend the hotel to anybody. I would argue it is a better experience than staying in the park itself, and costs a fraction of the price. Thank you for a great stay! Read less
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Nov 8, 2021 Orateng_Travels

Except for three mild cases of food poisoning by the both of us, my wife and I had a great time. We loved the facilities and the cleanness of our room. A bit shocked by the drinks prices but I guess it depends on their rating as a hotel. Parking could be improved, I was nervous the whole time my car was under a tree the whole time there. We were… Read more
Except for three mild cases of food poisoning by the both of us, my wife and I had a great time. We loved the facilities and the cleanness of our room. A bit shocked by the drinks prices but I guess it depends on their rating as a hotel. Parking could be improved, I was nervous the whole time my car was under a tree the whole time there. We were lucky to spot a few members of the big five during our game drive. My wife’s birthday was made special by the staff there who sang for her and brought her a creamy candle lit muffin. That was a great gesture. The game room could be improved by adding an extra pool table maybe. Just be careful of the monkeys around the pool area, they might snatch your food lol Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing staff!!!! Amazing place!!

Oct 22, 2021 Salim P Cape Town

The room was good and very comfortable. The service was world class and though all staff were great, Tsepho (dinner), and Mbekaphi (breakfast) simply epitomised perfect service. It made the 4 days we spent there truly memorable and instilled an immediate longing to return. The entry to the park is about a minute drive away. An absolute… Read more
The room was good and very comfortable. The service was world class and though all staff were great, Tsepho (dinner), and Mbekaphi (breakfast) simply epitomised perfect service. It made the 4 days we spent there truly memorable and instilled an immediate longing to return. The entry to the park is about a minute drive away. An absolute recommendation. Read less