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Kruger national park hotels

Posted on January 1, 2011 | HotelsNo Comment



Kruger national park in South Africa is one of the most visited tourist destinations. This is no surprise that Africa is well known on the tourist map as the ‘Wildlife capital of the world’. Looking at the popularity of the national park, there has to be many accommodations in and around too. While there options for you to choose; I am sure you will like to stay in some of the best Kruger national park hotels. Now, this is also dependent on your budget. However, you will be able you find it accordingly as the national park offers budget as well as 5-star hotels, resorts, boutique hotels, inns, guesthouses, and lodges. All the Kruger national park hotels offer facilities and services that a backpacker would expect on his or her trip – en-suite rooms, guest lounge, and dining zone. In this article, I have chosen Kruger national park hotels keeping the financial limits of each type of traveler.

Buhala Game Lodge

This is on the Crocodile River banks at the border of the Kruger National Park. At this garden-cum-river lodge, you will easily find buffalos, hippos, elephants, and antelopes. This lodge is known for its breezy verandah and pools offering sightings of these great animals, superb food, casual atmosphere, great comfort, and magical bushveld. Rooms are luxurious here and offer all the basic amenities such as air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, heater, and safe. There is also a spa here to enjoy the massage at the open deck while you soak in the stunning views of the Kruger National Park. Other attractions here are easy spotting of the 4 of Big Five, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Pilgrim’s Rest, and esteemed Leopard Creek Golf Course. You can book for a standard room for R1030 per person per night, balcony room for R1250, or elephant garden suite for R1620.

Serenity Forest Eco Reserve at Malelane

Nestled at a distance of 19 km from the national park on a greater height, this is the dream of any wildlife lover. It is flanked by a bio-diverse eco-system where forests of more than 1000 years, abundant of bird species, dragon flies, tree orchards, and rare butterflies reside around. Serenity has the power to awaken all your senses via its soothing scent of natural setting, unique African cuisine, pleasing sound of the waters nearby, and the never-ending sight of green shades. There are 8 suites equipped with a luxurious bathroom, heaters, fans and safes of which 6 offers superb views of the forest and two offers great lake as well mountain vistas. Cuisine here is both local as well as international. Well, you can also expect many activities such as hiking, natural reflexology walk, bird-watching, and spectacular sunset driving.

Rates here vary, but they tend to start from R1180.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

This is one of the most luxurious Kruger national park hotels, which has won many awards of being the best hotel on the planet since 2001. A stay here is remarkable, innovative, and thrilling due to impeccable service as well as wildlife experiences. There are four lodges here namely, Ebony, Boulders, Lebombo, and Sweni. Ebony amidst the shade of Jackalberry trees and above the Sand River is a cool and peaceful retreat where each morning you get up with the smells as well as sights of the live African wilderness. Boulders amidst the rocky Sabi Sand Reserve is a shelter of sophistication in the glowing midday. Lebombo Lodge with its view of wildest Africa offers the largest game concentration in the park featuring diversity. On the other hand, Sweni set in the shade on Sweni River banks is a modern stay option amidst glass, wood, and branches. Dining is just awesome here where each dish is inspired by the local flavors but is led by the Western traditions. A perfect mix of opulence, wildlife, and conservation is the best description of this hotel. For rates, you need to check on the Web site.

Kruger View

This is the budget backpacker’s choice on the Crocodile River bank offering the magnificent vistas of Kruger National Park. It is very much admired for its relaxed environment, cool garden, open living areas, leisure swimming pool, and knowledgeable staff. Spot the Big 5, watch the birds, ride on the horse, hike on a trail, or simply amble in its surroundings. There are rooms, dorms, and cabins here whose per person sharing rate is around R135. Facilities include set menu, Internet access, laundry service, barbecue, swimming pool, television, and fully equipped kitchen.

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