This was the first camp that we stayed in on our recent half term trip to the Kruger. Although we have been to South Africa several times, and know what to expect service wise, this was our first trip to the park. Camp was easy to find from main gate , however service at the reception was normal South African .Staff chatting to each other rather than customers and you got the impression that everything was too much effort! Asked about the Wild Card which gives you discounted conservation fees for the whole trip, only to be told that it was not available to International visitors( not true and probably cost us an extra £200 for the trip) Camp is very large ( one of biggest on Kruger) and very busy, but accomodation was easy to find. We stayed in one of the rondables , and it was clean and had a good range of equipment. Towels had seen better days ( however not unexpected by how many people pass through camp everyday) but were clean and plenty of them. Remember you are staying in public rest camps, not 5 star lodges, hence the price difference!The chalets are a little close together, our children said it reminded them of an African Centre Parcs, so maybe not the place to go for authentic Africa. Had a meal in restaurant which was good basic fare, not much choice if you are a veggie tends to be meat , meat and more meat. Service was pretty bad , with a slow and sullen waiter. Also they have a tendency to just take your payment for a meal and not bring back change, they just assume that extra is a tip! We asked if we could have a little milk for a morning coffee which he begrudingly got and then said it would be 20 rhand , we suggested he took it out of his tip he had helped himself to! There is a choice of a cafe and restaurant , and a shop selling some food items and gifts. We did not see a single monkey on the camp and we were wandering around a lot at night , but our highlight was having a close encounter with some beautiful bush babies on way to restaurant using the lamps to catch the insects and bugs. Think some people need to realise this is Africa and you are there living there with wildlife, its not a safari park. There is a swimming pool there but we did not use so can't comment on that.The only downside to it was the number of people there, not only overnight guests but a lot of day trippers . When we went for breakfast it seemed like every safari bus in the Kruger had also stopped!
Wildlife around area was very good, we did most of our safari on the tarmac roads due to recent flood damage but saw a wide range of animals and birds. Recommend stopping off at the Lake Panic hide, wonderful bird and mammal life. One tip we learnt is when on safari don't drive through elephant dung as they eat the camel thorns and they can punture your tyres
- 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 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Skukuza Restcamp - Kruger National Park Hotel Kruger National Park