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Skukuza Rest Camp
Reviewed March 24, 2012

In short. We booked for 45. Were told check in was at 11H00. Arrived at 12H00. And then told nothing is ready we must come back at 14H00. Sat next to the road for two hours and went back. Then told there is not enough vehicles for the game drive we booked and paid for and that ten people would have to not go. But after battling for over two hours they say they will try and squash everyone on. Then arrive at the accommodation and no beds are ready. Electricity doesn't work and they still busy cleaning. The staff have a don't care attitude and I can honestly say that all of us will never! Ever! Recommend or set foot back anywhere close to this pathetic place. They are quick to take your money but deliver absolutely nothing in return. So sad to think this is what we expose our international visitors and schools to. No wonder they always complaining about lack of education. This is a prime example why we don't bring our children here. Instead of being a relaxing and educational experience it's purely aggravating and stressful.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

This was my home away from home! Skukuza is a great rest camp in The Kruger Park. The accommodation here is simple and has a great african theme. There are places to sit and watch over the rivers, seeing all types of animals. Sit around a camp fire listening to the roar of Lions. There is no place I would rather be!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

We have just spent two nights at Waterkant 1 Guest House in Skukuza. 4 bedrooms all ensuite and great kitchen/lounge area onto a huge lawn and entertainment area overloking the Sabie river. As you face the river, it is the second last cottage to your right; a wonderful quiet loction.
The experience from beginning to end was fantastic. The efficiency of the SanParks website when doing the booking, showing availability/pricing etc. The entrance and great service at the gates; the cleanliness of the park, the excellent service at picnic spots and availability to hire scottles, get boiling water etc.
Waterkant 1 was clean and very well equiped; the housekeeping service was excellent too. Comfortable beds with nice bed linen and towels, nicely tiled bathrooms with bath and shower. Well equipped tidy kitchen and a very nice braai/entertainment area outside. We braaied each night under the stars to the sounds of hippo grunting a few meters away!
Wonderful game viewing including the big 5 and fabulous birding.
The museum in Skukuza was interesting. We ate all our meals at the house so didn't try the restaurant.
Great value for money; wonderful facitities.
Well done SanParks

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Amanda998
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

I was not impressed by Skukuza this is the main camp in the park and should be its flagship. It is visited by many tourists from around the world and really gives a bad impression of our people. The service was curt, rude and unhelpful not only at the reception but also the shop and museum. The air conditioner in the unit was ancient and noisy and despite the draps and bedding being modernised the shower was appalling. This camp is big and busy and I would advise anyone to stop for a look at the river , grab a drink at the shop and move on to one of the smaller camps. You will not see me back at Skukuza in a hurry but this said I will be back in the park again in June. This rating should not be seen as a reflection on the whole park as the service at Pafuri gate, Nkulu rest stop and Lower Sabie were all excellent. The park roads are well maintained and has excellent facilities at most interest points.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Lorna S
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

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

Room Tip: Ask for accomodation by the perimetre fence & book a Wild Card at your first camp, this will giv...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank TraceyS1964
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

Kruger national park is in dire straights of some serious help and a lot of training! Our drains were blocked on arrival and the toilet handle had to be pushed back up after flushing. The entire airconditioner cover fell onto my toiletries bag and made a huger mess. The vents have not been cleaned ever and the general dirt is pretty disgusting! Considering one pays almost R800 per rondawel per night and a conservation levy, this place is about to hit rock bottom! The new gitzy gold fabric covers that are on the bed are toitally out of place as are the shiny curtains. They are all stained and shabby after around 1 years use.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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1  Thank safarigirlsafari
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

We stayed in Kruger for over a week but I could only handle camping in skukuza for one night. The monkeys were very aggressive and there was too much light pollution to be in a tent. There are monkeys everywhere and you have to be careful no matter where you go but here they were breaking into the trash bags that were being placed on the ground by the staff and eating right next to the very expensive monkey proof trash bins. The main office staff tried to blame tourist for feeding the monkeys, which some do but I had proof of the monkeys getting into the trash. I also needed my husband to walk with me to the bathroom but they still came after both of us. Thankfully they did not bite us, but they have bitten people in the past. We have stayed in parks where it's someone's job to walk around and keep monkeys and baboons away. This is definitely a job that needs to be put into place here. I would not camp or stay here. Most of the staff is very indifferent.

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else!
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Travel4life316
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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:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Kruger National Park
Hotel Class:2 star — Skukuza Rest Camp 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 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 
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