Protea Hotel by Marriott, at Kruger National Park Gate Africa, Blog Post, Destinations, South Africa 0 This is a photo tour of Protea hotel by Marriott, where we stayed during our visit to Kruger National park as part of our 14-day trip to Southern Africa. It’s one of the best places to stay near Kruger national park because of its proximity to the Kruger gate. The closest airport is the small and beautiful Skukuza airport inside the Kruger National Park. Mpumalanga airport is about an hour and a half drive from the Protea hotel and Kruger gate. Being next to the Kruger gate of Kruger National Park, Protea hotel is very close to the amazing wildlife of Africa. A welcoming lobby and staff at Protea hotel by Mariott. The Kruger national park sends the safari trucks to the Protea Hotel to take visitors for all the safaries – night game drive, morning game drive, morning walks and private safaries. “Out of Africa” gift shot can be found all over Africa. One of the walkways leading to our rooms in Protea hotel by Mariott in Kruger. The Feb 7, 2000 flood signs explain why the rooms are on the second floor and there are so many walkways in Protea hotel. Another walkway from our room up to the dining area in Protea hotel by Marriott, one of best places to stay near Kruger national park. One of the many outdoor sculptures of wildlife in Protea hotel by Kruger National Park. The silver Vervet Monkeys are everywhere on the Protea hotel property. Watch out for your things. They take wallets, sunglasses, zip drives, cameras, anything at all. They absolutely refuse to return them. A shortcut from the room to the breakfast/lunch area in Protea hotel by Marriott. Kudyela restaurant serves breakfast and lunch in a lovely covered outdoor setting and indoors too. They have plenty of vegetarian and some vegan options too. One of many outdoor sitting areas in Protea hotel near Kruger National Park. One of the indoor sitting areas in Protea hotel by Kruger national park. It seems to be always empty. Another reason Protea hotel is one of the best places to stay by Kruger national park is the beautiful walkways through the trees. It’s common to see wildlife beneath the walkways. The Protea hotel has lots of lovely walkways a floor above the ground. These sitting areas offer views of the river, Kruger national park, and its rich wildlife. Lounging in the huts at the edge of Protea hotel, overlooking Kruger National park and wildlife beneath. The outdoor cafe with views of the Kruger National park, the sitting huts, and the spa hut. Outdoor bar and coffee area in Protea hotel, located next to the swimming pool, between rooms and dining areas. The outdoor cafes, seating areas, pool and dinner spread make Protea one of the best places to stay near Kruger national park. The heavy gate, an entrance to the dinner dining area at Protea hotel by Mariott. They serve traditional South African food with lots of meat dishes, the traditional Baari (South African barbeque). They also have a few vegetarian counters, salads, soups and desserts for vegetarians. Dinner and traditional performing arts at Protea hotel make it one of the best places to stay near Kruger national park. It seems to be packed with locals on weekends.