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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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“Good facilities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Skukuza was exactly what we expected for a restcamp and the room was clean and acceptable.
The restaurant met our expectation and the service was faultless. We much preferred Skukuza to Letaba and found the staff here much more helpful

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

The chalet had two bathrooms and an outside covered area next to the Braii. We made our own way around on the good standard of roads and saw plenty of game. The next day we went on an organised tour and saw less game, but did mange to see a pride of lions in front of our vehicle upon returning back to camp!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Skukuza is called the capital of Kruger Park and it is pretty big, maybe even huge.
But this does not only applies to the number of guests - it also applies to the size of the property. We stayed there in low season and in high season, both times in a riverside semi-luxury bungalow (not cheap) and it never felt crowded.
The bungalows are of pretty high standard, making it a quite comfortable stay.
Concerning wildlife around Skukuza - from our experience it is one of the top places, we visited (only the Satara region gave us more encounters). Highlight was a bunch of Wild Dogs just outside Skukuza in the late afternoon, on hunt, chasing some Impalas completely unimpressed by the couple of cars around them.

Room Tip: The semi-luxury riverside bungalows are expensive, but spacious and do not have the crowded feeling...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We stayed in Skukuza camp for two nights. We didn't have much expectation as we only paid a trivial cost comparing the private camp. It's a reasonable place to spend nights because sleeping is the least wanted thing you want to do in the park.

My only complain is that, the room is TOO DARK

p.s. we stayed in "semi-luxury" bungalow...

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Whipsnade, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The SanPark lodges in the Kruger National Park are a great value way of being in the bush and seeing great game both on and off-road at reasonable prices. By and large private bush camps and game lodges in most African countries charge silly prices for the privilege of being pampered. These, in my humble opinion, are rarely worth it unless it's in an exceptionally remote area or run by highly knowledgeable rangers. Skukuza is big, the rooms are clean and it's a good place to start your tour if you're coming in through the Nguni gate. We stayed in a chalet on the river which was great, peaceful. Cooking facilities are fine. Reception staff (sadly) seem indifferent, unsmiling with a hint of arrogance. Perhaps because it's the SanPark headquarters. Food, like most SanPark lodges, is poor. They really need to get their act together. Perhaps offer the catering franchise to a private contractor. We did our own catering.
There's no pool and it's a bit municipal. Other SanPark lodges ( Oliphants/Sirheini/Shimawini) are much nicer, more spectacular and remote but Skukuza is a decent enough first stop

Room Tip: Get a chalet on the river if you can.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is a perfect place to start when you want to go to the Kruger Park. The small houses were clean and nice arranged. There is really no need to go to one of the higher-level-hotels outside the Kruger. Here you get everything you may need (except a flatscreen tv and a pool).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We stayed for one night and we found the rooms adequate. The rooms were clean and comfortable. We had two complaints and that was that there where no outlets in the room to recharge batteries and that had to be done outside the room where monkeys could easily get to them. A word of advice take a good flashlight since lighting on the paths is non existant.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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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