PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT KRUGER GATE – REIMAGINED AND REVITALIZED
Making the most of its perfect location in the Greater Kruger Conservancy, right at the Paul Kruger Gate and on the banks of the iconic Sabie River, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate has revealed a complete rebuild and upgrade of its amenities following an investment of R 100 Million. Beloved by generations of South Africans, and on the bucket-list of international travelers, the Kruger National Park is South Africa’s top attraction, world-renowned for its spectacular natural landscapes and exhilarating Big 5 game-viewing.
Set in beautiful riverine woodland with immense African trees and rich birdlife all around, this lodge-style hotel is now expanded and enhanced to deliver an upmarket Kruger experience rich in South African hospitality. Visitors want choices, and one of the best options is to experience an authentic Kruger safari with all the comforts of an upmarket hotel.
Soaring wooden walkways and elevated decks radiate from the open-sided reception area, creating the hotel’s special treetop ambiance. New features include a specialty coffee shop where guests can meet and relax while enjoying an excellent espresso or cappuccino. There’s a convenient all-day choice of cakes, muffins, sandwiches and quiches, so that you can grab-and-go as you gather to set off on safari into one of Africa’s greatest wilderness destinations.
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.
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 expansive living space includes an exclusive deck and plunge pool; an open-plan 10-seater room for dining and meetings and a private kitchen service. In addition to personal butler service, guests in the presidential suite can enjoy private game-viewing safaris at their leisure.
A special highlight is enjoying the quiet zone of the Pool Bar under the soft-green canopy of colossal Jackalberry, Marula and Acacia trees. Overlooking the Sabie River, visited by Elephants, Buffalo, Hippo and numerous species of antelope, the Pool Bar is a stylish feature of the hotel’s expansive game-viewing deck, and is rimmed by a stunning infinity pool. The à la carte lunch menu includes pastas, pizzas, wraps, flame-grilled burgers and sharing platters. This is also the perfect spot for enjoying a sundowner or two after a long day on safari, and a cocktail menu is on offer for those who want a laid-back time overlooking the river.
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.
Early this year, Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate will also open 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 an upmarket hotel experience with authentic Kruger Park safaris, no one does it better.
For more information or to make a booking please visit Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate’s website