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Skukuza Rest Camp
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

We were in a group of eight and occupied 4 roundavels, nrs 30 to 33.
- One of the rooms had fleas or somekind of small bugs in the bed, so check the bed before you go to bed!
- the rooms are cleaned, but not to European standards
- check-in starts at 2 pm, which means you only have a few hours to go into the park...
- there is a braai in front of every roundavel, you're free to use it. I did not see one guest using it... the grill was not cleaned in weeks, months, ever? We saw a warthog wandering down the garden and parking, probably looking for a clean grill on the braai...
- there's only one restaurant, which serves basic food. Depending of the time of you visit, watch out for the fruit falling down from the big tree onto the terrace and hopefully not into your plate or your clothes. After sunset mosquitos don't allow anyone to sit outside anymore.
- while we wer waiting for our dessert, we saw a rat crawling out of the airconditioning into the restaurant! Included in the price...

Stay at a real hotel ( nothing fancy, but a clean bed and shower will do ) in e.g. Hazyview and get up a half an hour earlier to drive to Kruger Park: you're hotel money is better spent and saves you a disappointment.

Room Tip: choose a room in a real hotel
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank rattenpakker
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

We went there with an organized safari tour. Bungalows are basic but clean. There are plenty of monkeys within the camp and we got to see elephants, buffalos and hippos from the path alongside the river. You can get a light lunch for a reasoble price at the caffe. Excellent place to explore the Kruger.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank millenniumbridge
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Skukuza is the biggest rest camp and offer a bit of everything to everyone. They've got a reasonably priced cafeteria for lunch and drinks (like everywhere in South Africa) are affordable. At night time, the restaurant around the corner offers a dinner menu in a beautiful setting.

We stayed in the safari tents which are amazing value for money. It was clean and right next to the fence. You are close to the communal kitchen and you have your own bbq and area to sit with table and chairs to have your meals. For the amount you pay, this accommodation is great and leaves you with some extra cash to go on game drives etc. You miss out on luxury, but that's not really what you're here for,right?

Always do a bit of research on your accommodation type...if you stay in the safari tents or huts you'll need your own cooking utensils, cutlery, cups etc. And take a flask...it'll save you walking around with cups and you can take coffee on early morning drives.

The shop offers everything you need. Food, drinks, gifts and limited medicine.
I would go back to Skukuza any day and stay for as long as possible.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank CHDJ
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed here at the end of a week in Kruger, having stayed at several other rest camps.

This is the biggest of all the camps, and due to its location has a lot of organised tours staying over as well as self-drivers. The camp was full when we stayed and we rented a semi-luxury riverside bungalow as this was all that was available. At the other rest camps we had rented standard huts some with views and some without, this one was a good size with separate bathroom and a view of the river, however for the money it was not worth it. We spent most of the time in the park looking at animals, so really only wanted somewhere to sleep, but I guess that's what you get for booking the week before you go.

The thing that surprised me the most about this camp was the trash all over the public areas. It looked like the remains of lunch but there is no excuse for servers not doing their job and cleaning up trash by 5pm. It was so bad that we couldn't find one of the 20 or so tables to sit at for trash and left over food. Yuk!

The other things that are wrong with this camp, and to be honest all the camps, are the lazy, disinterested attitude of some restaurant staff, and the appalling restaurant food. However this is a general rest camp issue as all the restaurants are run by the same company. The way to get around this is to self- cater, which is what we did except for the night at Skukuza and a couple of other meals at other camps.

All in all, this is a good stop over location, but there are far nicer rest camps in the park to spend your time at.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank gotravelgirl
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We have stayed here numerous times and will always come back. Skukuza is the biggest rest camp in the Kruger and has a lot to offer. We usually book one of the Riverside Luxury Bungalows. It has a lovely view of the Sabie River. The bungalow has a nice patio, bathroom with a shower and a double bed. Double beds are a scarcity in Kruger.

We love to end a day of game viewing with a sundowner on the deck of the Skukuza restaurant. It is built on the Sabie river bank and overlooks the river and the Selati Railway Bridge. You can usually spot hippo's and buffalo from the deck.

Room Tip: LR2W is the booking code for these bungalows.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank gwndolen
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