I concur with all that reviewer Tal27 has to say. We have been visiting the KNP frequently since 1969 when we lived in Jo'burg and less frequently after moving back to the UK in 1977. This trip my wife and I were accompanied by my daughter (born in RSA), her husband, 14 year granddaughter who had visited as 2 year old and my grandson who was a "KNP Virgin". We stayed for 4 nights in the Nyathi Guesthouse, which is a substantial complex of 4 bedrooms/bathrooms in a separate building to the lounge kitchen that overlooks the Sabie River and has its own private garden and braai area. Excellent location.
Like Tal27 we bought our supplies in PickandPay in Hazyview although the wine and beer in the Park is a comparable price but the meat for the braai is much cheaper in P&P (4 x ½-inch T-bones for ZAR74 in P &P v ZAR62 for 2 similar T-bones in Skukuza.
One night we ate in the Selati restaurant, a poor choice!. The food was indifferently served and of mediocre quality which is a pity given the historical setting in the station. The menu did not reflect any of the natural wild produce that could come from the parks unlike it was several years ago when water buffalo, impala and ostrich were on the restaurant menus.
The overall impression is that the quality of the maintenance of the accommodation is gradually deteriorating. My son-in-law, who is a builder, sent 2 hours showing 2 local maintenance men how to hang a door correctly that was not fitting correctly, installing locks and correct door bolts(he was even offered a job by the supervisor who came to see what his men were doing)
The swimming pool on the camp was not good, green algae and leaves were in the water. Looked poorly maintained
The game viewing as usual was first class.
If you want the riverside accommodation you must book early as the tour companies snap them up when the are released.
- 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