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“Not bad but there are better camps in Kruger”
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Skukuza Rest Camp
Newcastle, Australia
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6 reviews
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“Not bad but there are better camps in Kruger”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed in a 3 bed bungalow with our two toddler children. Was perfect size and the 2 children shared a bed. We had an enclosed veranda which was perfect at night time to sit and have a drink without the worry of mosquitos. The park in general is good with a great gift shop, 2 good pools and nice restaurant on the river. A downside to our stay here was the staff at check in. They could not find my reservation (even though I had booked and paid in my home country before arriving). They offered no help and told me I had to call the booking company to sort it out. They finally found me on their system and there was no apology. Found them quite rude. They could certainly do a course customer service.

The only other downside was that the only power point in the bungalow is for the fridge, which makes it quite hard to charge all the electronics after a day out driving and there is no electric kettle which means you have to boil water on the BBQ after buying all the equipment to start the thing. Makes it a long process to make a cup of tea.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Austin
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Although Kruger park seems like its hours away from anything, they have everything. No need to haul alcohol or food, they have a large selection of reasonably priced liquor and wine at the gift shop, and a cheap variety of beers at the restaurant. I stayed in a Chalet, which was very clean with good A/C and an overhead fan. The only negative was the restaurant food, could be better.. Buy from the BBQ stand (in the restaurant area) it is better and cheaper. And make sure to join a night drive! It is cheap, the stars at night are incredible and the loud soundtrack from the insects birds and animals really reminds you where you're at!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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London
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Spent 36hrs in skukuza arriving just in time for an evening game drive where we saw lions, elephant, crocs &hippo along with a huge amount of general game and wildlife too.

We returned to camp in time for dinner and had low expectations having read reviews here before we arrived. The service was badly organised and slow but our steaks were edible. The Following morning we did the dawn drive (3am start) but it was worth it as we saw leopard cheetah buffalo wilde beast and some more lions.

We returned to camp slept and then did the afternoon walk and saw rhinos and giraffes. We ate chicken at the restaurant and left 1st thing the next morning.

All booked via sanparks website and cost just over £400 for 2 people

  • Stayed February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Driving on South African roads is scary - lane hopping, kamizake drivers who travel at 140-160kms and all of their cars apparently have broken indicators - or are rarely used! The trip from Pretioria to Kruger, about 4-5 hours drive, was therefore unsettling. As the car approached the causeway to the Paul Kruger entrance gate - southern park, there were hippos in a pool 20 metres away and a lone elephant wading in the shallows of the river a hundred metres away. Welcome to Kruger National Park.
Another 45 minutes and I arrived at Skukuza. It's the largest of the rest camps with large facilities - reception, post office and further in to the 'camp' - shops, restaurants and a take away food outlet.
The accommodation is varied from large houses for large parties of guests, to (predominantly) huts and campsites. The thatched roofed, circular huts vary in size and the ones on the Sabie river have views of the river where you can hear the hippos making lots of noise. The beds are comfortable and the bathroom (although sized for very tall, very big people) is fine. Air conditioning, cable TV, fans, bedside lights, a safe and screens make the interior confortable. The terraced, tiled, outdoor kitchen and bbq is adequate and the fridge is caged to prevent baboon raids!
I was initially put off by the prospect of sharing the camp with up to a thousand others, plus the bus loads of visitors however the layout of the camp meant that it was never very crowded.
The real value of staying in the park (apart from not having to pay the exharbitant fees of adjacent private reserves) is that the drives and walks start hours before the park gates open and you get first viewing of the game at dawn. The thought of a 4am start was daunting but after the sun came up (an hour later) we saw - up close- a pride of lions, giraffes, baboons, differnet types of birdlife, many impala and even some kudu.
On another occaision, a drive alongside the Sabie river to Lower Sabie camp brought me close to herds of elephants. Amazing personal experience. I think one of them recognised me - it winked!
Another plus for using the national parks and staying there is that the whole enterprise was, unlike most tourist venture experienced in the 'new' South Africa, not only staffed by black South Africans but the management appeared to be in their hands too and the service was friendly and professional.
I wish I was able to explore more of the 300kms of park but with limited time (3 days) I think I did well to have chosen the southern park and Skukuza.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Mysuru (Mysore), India
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

you can get all your camping supplies here, no need to carry anything. best to pick up ingredients here and cook your own food as the take away and restaurant food is awful. the riverside is lovely - we saw a happy hippo snorting and floating away!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We spend one night here 22 December 2012. We camped. The site was clean and the facilities good. I checked out the chalets for next time. A reAL BARGAIN. The ffod on sight is no good so buy out of the park before you arrieve

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

For sure if luxury is what you look for during a safari, this is not the place. Very basic but comfortable and clean bungalow, the main shop offers you all what you may need form food and drinks to clothes and gadgets, also with some souvenirs. Was not so busy, but have to say that we decided to spend there New Year, so many people left on 30th December. Restaurant is acceptable, not too much variety but food was tasty and staff helpful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Skukuza Rest Camp
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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