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“Trip Skukuza June 2012-Vast improvement”
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Skukuza Rest Camp
Reviewed June 28, 2012

Visited Skukuza and booked 2 chalets with my 3 sons. The units were great, staff very friendly and a vast improvement form my previous experience. Well done to the management and staff at Kruger, great turn around. I still think the chalets are expensive but the advantage of been in the park makes up for it.
Units were clean, linen great and maintenance no problems. Staff were great.

Room Tip: try to get a unit close to the river
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

We recently (May 2012) spent 4 nights in Kruger Park; 2 in a self-catering bungalow at Lower Sabie & 2 at Skukuza in a self-catering rondavel (bungalow). Lower Sabie had far superior accommodation, in a semi-detached bungalow, with modern bathroom, comfortable bed with clean linen, well-equipped kitchen with table & chairs, sliding doors to small patio with green grass, trees & benches disappearing towards the river. Our only complaint was the heavy wrought-iron furniture on the bricked patio and that there were no spotlights shining out over the river which gives a focal point in the evenings; also the bush along the fence should be kept cut lower in order to see game on the river. The restaurant was awful - large heavy wrought-iron furniture on a wooden deck, no spotlights over the river, the enclosed restaurant area had rickety wobbly old chairs & our meal came with plastic cutlery! (we understand a new manager has recently arrived to upgrade this facility). Other than that, it was comfortable & less frenetic than Skukuza and we saw the vast majority of our game in the area between Crocodile Bridge & Lower Sabie & virtually nothing around Skukuza.

Skukuza Rest Camp, on the other hand, in a elf-catering "rondavel' bungalow (one of 178!, hence Rondavel City) was comfortable enough but old-fashioned in style & design. Our main gripe was the kitchenette which was on the patio & had no toaster, no electric kettle, no chopping board, no sharp knives, no bowls, no small saucepans - ie, not self-catering in our view. Also vervets & baboons are a problem yet there is no lockable secure place to keep food provisions other than in the bedroom area which is very inconvenient. Skukuza Rest Camp is large & busy & aside from the acacia trees & vervets, you could be sitting in the middle of Hyde Park - definitely not to our liking! The restaurant area is large & if you want something more than take-away, there is also the Jackalberry Restaurant which served good food at a reasonable price; the shop is huge & caters for everyone as long as you want stuff with either "Kruger or South Africa" stamped on it, obviously a money-winner! Skukuza RS was not to our liking, though there is "luxury" s/c accom on the river which is far better but also at a far higher price!

Room Tip: Get a 'luxury' unit overlooking the river
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

But for the location, I would rate this facility average. Although the chalets were nice and the beds comfy, there was no heat and while we were there, it was too cold to comfortably shower. Restaurants were inconsistent, although I can recommend the train depot. Skip the night game drive.

Room Tip: Try to get a river view.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank HummerBob
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

Yes, it is a big camp and the map they gave us was wrong so it took us a while (in the dark) to get to our own Bungalow. The amenities is the bungalow is much better than I thought actually. Plus we stayed in a tent lodge the day before so I was happy with it.

The highlight of the stay though was the steak (who knew!), we ordered a steak dish with mushroom and it was tasty! Dessert was so so but the steak is way better than most steak I had in the States.

Bring a torch/headlight, it gets really dark at night!

Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
1  Thank AnnaJin
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Although a lot of visitors to Skukuza report this camp as too busy and noisy, this was our first stay here and we were quite surprised that it wasn’t the case during our visit in mid April. Of course we didn’t spend a lot of time in the camp as we were out the gate at 6.00am and on most days didn’t return until closing at 6.00pm. We found Skukuza to be vibrant, well organised and laid out, clean with wonderful grounds and amenities for both guests and day visitors.

We stayed in a Semi Luxury Riverside Bungalow (LR2E), No.91, which had wonderful views up and down the Sabie river. We could see a pod of hippo’s and herd of ellies from our verandah.

Skukuza is a great central location and allows for safaris in so many different directions for either day trips or just 3-4 hours. The abundance of wildlife in the area is outstanding with a pack of 8 hyenas not far from the camp on our first morning out, to multiple Rhino sightings on each and every day. Elephants were found everywhere in mating herds or solitary bulls. We could not believe the number of baby eles on this trip. On most days returning to camp, we encountered eles blocking the road and on one occasion 20-30 cars had formed 2 lanes all in reverse….lol, what a sight.

Other fantastic sightings were found on the Skukuza / Pretoriuskop road with 2 separate sightings of wild dogs, the first with more than 20 in the pack near the turn off to Malelane and the second sighting was at the turn off to the Shithave dam with another pack of 10-12 dogs which we followed down to the dam where they ended up stalking a nervous water buck. This road was very productive with 2 separate Rhino sightings, hyenas and 2 Cheetah walking down the road……absolutely fantastic.

Another special sighting (location unknown), which we had all to ourselves was an extremely small Rhino calf with its mum and dad lying down next to it. It was the calf we spotted first as it was standing up with its front legs up on its mum, gazing at the world around him.

The accommodation was more than adequate with rooms cleaned daily, comfortable beds, air-conditioning with an outstanding outlook directly over the Sabie river and a quiet location with only sounds of the bush at night. The only negative would be a few minor maintenance issues but that did not impact our stay in any way.

For meals, we self catered 50% of the time with breakfast and lunch often consumed at picnic spots or other main camps. On this occasion we didn’t eat in any camp restaurants as we were just too tired to sit down long enough for a restaurant meal…lol. We did however purchase take away food from the cafeteria which was tasty, enjoyable and not over priced.

The camp shop was great and we picked up some nice local hand made wares.

The service received at reception, the cafeteria, shops, petrol station, cleaning and ground staff were all courteous, friendly and helpful.

SanParks should be commended for the well organised and running of there camps.

For the price and purpose of stay, our personal rating of the overall experience of this camp is a 5 out 5 and a must stay when we return again.

Regards,
Vicki & Rob.

Room Tip: Try for a Semi Luxury Riverside Bungalow (LR2E), No.91, which had wonderful views up and down the Sa...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

The facilities at Kruger's restcamps was awesome. We would go back to camp in Kruger for a couple of weeks. The stores are great with a good variety of food and souvenirs for sale.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Thank jrts
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed for one night in a 6bed chalet. The accommodation was much better than we expected, only a little outdated but clean.

The only disappointing part was the lack of cutlery and pots in our chalet. We were able to manage for just one night, but if we were staying longer, we would bring our own pans and cooking utensils from home.

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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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