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.
- 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