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Skukuza Rest Camp
Reviewed November 29, 2012

If you are planning on staying inside the park, Skukuza Camp is a very good economical launching point for self-guided and formal safaris.
We rented one of the "semi-luxury bungalows" which had a riverside view, private bath, and private (although outdoor) kitchen and refrigerator; we would recommend this choice of accommodation. The view from the patio was excellent, and we saw two of the Big Five just standing outside our room (elephants and buffalo) as well as having a herd of hippos parked in the river the whole time we stayed.
The bed was a bit on the hard side, and if bugs really bother you at night, having a mosquito net to hang over the bed might be a help. The room and bathroom were clean, but the giant sliding glass door will tend to let in the bugs no matter how fast you try to open and close the door. (That might be considered a downside of being right on the river.)
The restaurant wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. The food was good but we weren't expecting gourmet dining during our stay at the Rest Camp. The central store in the Camp is well stocked and you can also easily cook for yourself (there is a wide array of animal steaks to choose from). However, we would recommend stopping in Hazyview before entering the park and buying food and other provisions on the outside as the prices are lower.
As everyone warns, make sure you don't leave loose items or food around as the baboons sweep through in the morning and a monkey troop sweeps through in the afternoons. Being American tourists, we of course took a lot of pictures as the critters tore through other patrons' garbage cans and open kitchens but the victims were far less thrilled by these close encounters!
All in all, we greatly enjoyed our stay and will stay here again the next time we are staying in the lower Kruger area.

Room Tip: The semi-luxury Bungalows seemed to all be along the river frontage on the edge of the camp; this pr...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We made certain to include Skukuza Restcamp as part of our week-long tour of Kruger Park having only had a rest stop here 4 years previously. The setting is magnificent with the fine view over the Sabie River, and even the abandoned railway bridge to the east enhances the atmosphere. Animals by the waterside were scarce while we were there but of course they abound just beyond the gates. Birdlife however is prolific and the comings and goings in the fig tree above the restaurant patio provide and endless pageant when the figs are ripe. Not far from the entrance gate lies Lake Panic overlooked by a very popular bird-hide. Staying at the restcamp ensures the possibility of an early visit to the bird hide, although the light for viewing is better at the end of the day with the sun in the west. The restaurant can get crowded at times, and service slows down, particularly if you arrive just after a large tour group has settled in. The rondavels are comfortable and clean, and fine for some limited self-catering.

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

Kruger is amazing, we saw 'big five' in only two outings. Magnificent! But evening card game completely spoiled our great impresion. We've been alone in restaurant at 9p.m., when five giant rats came. The have been running all over the place, in the kitchen, eating remains of careals (yes, cereals are on display 24h/day), over the plates (yes, the plates are also on display overnight). Disgusting! We've examined the restaurant closely and found out that it's simply dirty; remains of old food everywere, not to mention corners. We didn't eat the breakfast next day.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

The location is paramount!! Easy access and animal sightings unreal. The rooms and very clean and comfortable. The staff is pretty friendly although the camp restuarant was not so great.

I will definately be back!!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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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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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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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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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
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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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