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“Basic Accomodation but meets all needs” 5 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   12 km from Paul Kruger Gate, 39 km from Phabeni Gate | Sabie River, Kruger National Park, South Africa   |  
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UK, Mauritius
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“Basic Accomodation but meets all needs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2007

stayed here as part of three centre self drive safari. Bungalow basic but had everything we needed. Site itself great, with good restaurants and shops. This is the largest of the camps, but it was still nice and peaceful. Our bungalow was near the river.
We had a fridge outside. Would stay here again.

  • Liked — Value for money
  • Disliked — a bit basic
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2007

We booked a luxury riverside bungalow and stayed at the Skukuza camp for a week in September 2007. This was the perfect time of year to spot animals-we saw all of the 'Big Five' within 2 days! The foliage is lacking and the temperature is slightly cooler than average so spotting animals is far easier at this time of year.

The bungalow itself was lovely, on the river as the name suggests. It was clean and was serviced daily. The outdoor kitchen was clean and functional. Crockery is provided. We watched monkeys stealing the bananas from our fridge! Be warned!

The camp has a number of restaurants and shops all of which are good value. Internet access is available at the cafeteria.

Listening to the sounds of the Kruger Park by night is an experience we'll never forget and the blanket of stars over head has to be seen to be believed.

We took part in sunrise and sunset game drives - these are organised at the camp reception. Both were good fun although we saw far more animals on the sunrise drives. Also participated in afternoon treks which were really informative and not at all strenuous. It makes sense to organise drives/treks in advance as these become fully booked VERY quickly and we saw many disappointed guests at reception!

All things considered, we really enjoyed our time here and would highly recommend a stay at Skukuza.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2007

If you wish to travel by yourself through the Krueger Parc, Skukuza is certainly a good choice to spend 1-3 nights. I recommend to do a tour through the Parc by yourself and then enter a private game lodge. It is a good combination to do a safari. Skukuza is one of the biggest public rest camps within the Krueger Parc. It has all facilites you need. The bungalows and huts are very basic but neat and tidy. Never leave food alone in front of your hut or on the terrasse as there are monkeys all over. Also some of them are so clever that they open your fridge which is in front of the hut/bungalow. So you better put a chair in front of the fridge door.

  • Liked — easy accomodation to do your own safari thing
  • Disliked — it does not have THAT much luxus but it´s really ok
  • Stayed January 2007
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2007

My partner and I stayed one night at the Skukuza Restcamp, after a long drive from Olifants Camp. The restcamp was very nice and offered the most amenities of the other camps - although it feels like the largest camp as well. The rondavel bungalow was very comfortable, the gift shop/store is excellent, and the casual cafe had delicious hot meals (versus going to the more expensive sit down restaurant). There is also an internet cafe and coffee bar on site. Our trip through Kruger began at the Numbi gate, a stop at Pretoriuskop for gasoline (also has a nice cafe and shop), a day's drive and overnight at Olifants Restcamp, and then back through Skukuza. The park was beautiful and we saw many animals. We stopped at the Satara Restcamp for lunch and this camp has a lovely restaurant and covered patio to enjoy a drink or meal. Well worth the stop.

Stayed April 2007
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2005

This camp is great, with much more in the way of restaurants, shops, and viewing platforms than most of the other camps in Kruger. It's also a great place to stop while on a long day's drive through the center of the Park, as even families of fruit bats "hang out" in the thatched-roof picnic areas. The main part of the camp looks out over the confluence of two rivers, with lush vegetation and many animals.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 12 km from Paul Kruger Gate, 39 km from Phabeni Gate | Sabie River, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Skukuza Restcamp 2*
Number of rooms: 301
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 myriad of birds and wild game in the area is easily spotted by going on bush walks and game drives. ... more   less 
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Skukuza Restcamp - Kruger National Park Hotel Kruger National Park

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