Skukuza Rest Camp

Skukuza Rest Camp

12 km from Paul Kruger Gate, 39 km from Phabeni Gate Sabie River, Kruger National Park 1350 South Africa
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Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. The camp is well foliaged and there are some lofty trees along the river's edge. Activities and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within the camp and in the surrounding areas.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
BBQ facilities
Convenience store
Laundry service
Fence around pool
Gift shop
Shops
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Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Park View
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

12 km from Paul Kruger Gate, 39 km from Phabeni Gate Sabie River, Kruger National Park 1350 South Africa
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Car recommended
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Londolozi Aerodrome
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dave b wrote a review Apr 2021
Benoni, South Africa260 contributions39 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We pre booked our 4 nights on the train at Selati. The train consists of old railway carriages parked on a disused railway bridge over the Sarbi River just next to the established camp at Skukuza. The carriages have been luxuriously appointed to cater for guests that are looking for much more than a bush camp in the Kruger.Each carriage is divided into two separate units, each unit is individually appointed. The central feature is an oversized king sized bed. The compartment has its own bathroom - you can sit and bathe with the roller blind up, and watch the animals come down to the river to drink and graze. There is a sliding door on the window side that leads out to a tiny balcony. One can sit with the door open, and fly screen closed, and listen to the sounds of the river and the animals far below. Each unit is air conditioned.
The units have a mini bar and availability to make tea, coffee etc as you choose. In the centre of the bridge is a “seating room” cabin complete with bar, also with a deck and a circular “ suspended” splash pool in which you can laze and look out over the river.
Under the deal we had all meals were supplied. These are served in a riverbank restaurant for the exclusive use of guests. Meals were as a short “ fixed “ menu. Dining is an experience not to be missed! A short walk along the railway line brings you to Selati station, complete with steam engine and carriages. This has been purpose built to cater for the wider dining needs of all at Skukuza camp. We didn’t eat there as we used the bespoke restaurant, but there were plenty of people who did.
Game drives were supplied from “The Train” using their own, brand new viewing vehicles and their own game rangers. We had one game drive a day as part of the deal - and saw lots of game. We only opted for the evening drives and found on each drive there was a short stop for drinks and snacks. A nice touch.
( The railway line its-self was built by a gold mining company in Barberton to access the harbour in Maputo. The line took several years to complete and before it was actually used, the gold ran out and the line was abandoned.)
The luxury and the service of this operation was great, it is above the normal KNP pricing ( its run by a private company) but we found it well worth the expense. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GJN7 wrote a review Mar 2021
Clarens, South Africa90 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A great stay all round. Very clean and neat chalet with two en-suite bedrooms. Clean white tiled shower and toilet. Gas stove, fridge with freezer, kettle, cutlery and crockery, utensils all in working order. View of the train hotel on the railway bridge didn’t intrude very much even at night. The lights seemed to be dimmed to what’s absolutely necessary and the hotel faces down river away from the camp. We were close to the Kruger Station restaurant and had a lovely meal there, hamburger is double patty and chips were great. A bit expensive but then there are other options in the camp. It was great to go there just to say we’ve been and experienced it.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amy SW wrote a review Jan 2020
Salford, United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The rest camp was comfortable enough, we were camping and the facilities were in good enough condition.

We had two activities booked during our stay at Skukuza, a bush walk and night game drive.

1) The Bush walk - we were meant to go on a morning bush walk, unfortunately we were given the wrong pick up time!! So were left waiting at 4:30 in the morning they gave us the times for the previous month bush walk, was not a great start. We managed to finally track someone down to assist us and was booked onto the afternoon bush walk. The walk was okay, felt more information could have been provided and maybe talk about things we wouldn't see during a drive, such as insects and small creatures in the bush. However, did learn about some Rhino behaviour.

2) Night Game Drive - we were already a little skeptical about this drive, as some friends had already done this. As we arrived there were many people waiting for the night drive, we were then divided onto 3 large game trucks. Each truck had one driver/guide, so the spot lights were given to the tourists. Already a bad sign as, we hoped that a guide would also help spot the nocturnal wildlife. As soon as we set off, we were hit with regret that we were required to stay on this trip for the next hour. We managed to see lions and hyenas. The highlights were the wild dogs and genet (luckily spotted by a fellow tourist). The down side was the trucks cornered the wild dogs and lions to ensure that everyone could attempt to take photos, it felt very disruptive and personally uncomfortable. Most of the drive was driving around and spotting wildlife that you would see during the day time and provided the same information. I would have expected a much more interesting and different experience, seeing giraffes and elephants in the dark is not exactly what we were hoping for.

Overall, the bush walk is a nice experience and the night drive could be incredible if done properly. E.g. driver + guide looking for nocturnal wildlife, more consideration for the wildlife, better and new information given during the drive.
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Date of stay: November 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Tony4098 wrote a review Jan 2022
Mbombela, South Africa15 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed one night in a bungalow at Skukuza rest camp. Units haven’t seen a revamp since the ‘70’s with antiquated air cons and general poor design. I paid R1482 for one night for a unit without a hot plate and a room that had a superficial clean. Check under the beds next time you visit and see how dirty that area is.
The fridges have no latches so baboons have great ease in cleaning out the fridge of all the food. The suggestion for me to place a chair up against the fridge was futile as the monkeys got into the fridge anyway
Sanparks need to up their game otherwise it may be cheaper and mor comfortable to stay just outside the park
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Diana Hunt wrote a review Sept 2020
Randburg, South Africa1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked 3 rodavels for 4 nights and asked for them to be together. When checking in they split us up and said the one connecting rondavel was closed for renovations yet later that evening another couple moved in there. The fridges did not work in all the rondavels the toilet leaked and the place could do with repairs. Chipped tiles, peeling paint etc. We were then moved to different rondavels, still not together and same thing. Fridge not working, shower not working, cutlery and crockery missing. Was extremely disappointed at the lack of attitude of reception staff. Not acceptable for the price that is charged for accommodation. Game drive guide was excellent though. Knowledgeable and very pleasant. Next time will stay just outside the gate in a 5 star accommodation for 7 nights at half the price.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mark W wrote a review Jun 2022
Oxford56 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Anyone who knows the camps in the Kruger knows what Skukuza is. As the biggest camp, it has most food options, a bigger shop, etc, but some will be put off by this busyness and prefer quieter camps.

Personally I like Skukuza and always spend at least part of my time in the Kruger there.

I do want to point out that the main restaurant (Cattle Baron) is fairly average but there's another restaurant called the Selati restaurant that is outstanding, really high-quality food and very cheap, all in a beautiful location with a full size old steam train within the restaurant. Skukuza has always been awful at making visitors aware of this restaurant, and many probably don't realise it's there as it isn't in the main shop/eatery area. But please do try it out, it's fantastic.
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Date of stay: May 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Supa36 wrote a review Mar 2022
6 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We come to the Kruger Park at least once a year and stay at multiple camps. Skukuza Rest Camp is by far the worst accommodation to stay in since the pandemic happened. We stay in the river bungalows, more pricey compared to the other camps and being a river unit. They don’t have duvet covers but have these fluffy pull over blankets on the beds that usually live in the cupboards. The aircon doesn’t work, the fan doesn’t work. The curtains have food or something on them and have not been wash. It amazes me how Pretoriuskop is 1/3 of the price and the accommodation is so much better - the units are clean, so much newer, offer tub chairs and coffee table inside. Which now skukuza doesn’t offer anymore. Will not be coming back to stay again - only good for a toilet stop for me.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paddy V wrote a review Aug 2021
Norwich, United Kingdom212 contributions84 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was an amazing two night stay in one of the great game reserve in our world. Our location overlooking the river was beautiful and animals could easily be seen from our front deck.
The place itself though was very small, with very few power sockets in the rooms to recharge cameras and phone-camera etc. The rooms are very dated, but luckily the plan is not to spend too much time in them. I would return
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Date of stay: July 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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kjeld g wrote a review Oct 2021
182 contributions67 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the many times we have stayed here. The thing with Skukuza is that it is a bit too big and too crowded i guess. It's becoming more of a holiday park and that defenitely does not add to a safari/bush experience. Off course it is still one of the cheaper options for staying inside the (greater) Kruger, but so are all the other main rest camps that are significantly smaller. If you are a wifi addict, then this is the place (only at the restaurant), cause Skukuza is still the only main rest camp where there is wifi available.
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Date of stay: October 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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GJN7 wrote a review Nov 2021
Clarens, South Africa90 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A great stay all round. Very clean and neat chalet GC4V no 221, with two en-suite bedrooms. Clean bathrooms en-suite with old green tiles and shower curtain - not modernized like some of the other units. Bedroom smelt of urine but could have been a dirty air con filter. Has stove and oven, fridge with freezer, kettle, cutlery and crockery, utensils all in working order. View of the train hotel on the railway bridge didn’t intrude very much even at night. The lights seemed to be dimmed to what’s absolutely necessary and the hotel faces down river away from the camp. We were close to the Kruger Station restaurant and had a lovely meal there. A bit expensive but then there are other options in the camp. It was great to go there just to say we’ve been and experienced it.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from zorabeekhan59
Durban, South Africa581 contributions45 helpful votes
Depends where you are booked my dear. They normally take all precautions. We have had lots of rain here. Please do call accomodation
Answer from Sara C
Rotterdam, The Netherlands201 contributions27 helpful votes
Hi, I have booked it via Vula. You can search it on internet. They organized everything from the booking on the camp to the safari with an amazing guide!
Answer from Mark W
Oxford56 contributions18 helpful votes
Yes it is. Bring a torch and you'll be fine. The length of walk will depend on where your accommodation is but it shouldn't be too long.
Answer from Kathy K
loomis ca973 contributions424 helpful votes
Been to the National parks many times. I would definitely pre-book accommodations. Often times all of the park accommodations are sold out. Tours, not so much. Not sure you really need a tour. Most everyone self drives.
trippyyippy wrote a tip Feb 2024
New York City, New York35 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own extra towel, have a strong torch, limit valuables, stay alert. Hire private guides as much as possible. "
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Narinder G wrote a tip Jan 2024
Bournemouth - Dorset39 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Please try this for yourself, you will not be disappointed "
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Curious Cat wrote a tip Jan 2024
28 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No need to pay more for views, you can walk everywhere and most of the time you will be on the road."
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Anna wrote a tip Dec 2023
Hermanus, South Africa14 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wheelchair friendly, so spacious you can bting your own blow up pool!"
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Kristina R wrote a tip Nov 2023
121 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Schedule the game drives offered. We saw rhinos and lions on the night drive."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Skukuza Rest Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Skukuza Rest Camp?
Nearby attractions include The Parks Shop (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Skukuza Rest Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Skukuza Rest Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Skukuza Rest Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Skukuza Rest Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cattle Baron Skukuza, Kruger Station, and Lapa Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Skukuza Rest Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Skukuza Rest Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Skukuza Rest Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.
Is Skukuza Rest Camp accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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