So we returned to the ABSA guesthouse in Skukuza. This grand old lady can sleep 12 people, has 4 bathrooms and a central lounge and sitting area with multiple braai locations. We have stayed here before and at some ZAR 3000 per night for the four of us it is not a bad deal in this magnificent wild park.
The facilities were clean, cleaner than before, although the entire site is very tired. It needs a thorough make over which I am sure will not happen in the next couple of years. People will come and visit and stay in Kruger just for its size, and diversity. We had quite a bit of rain and the water streamed through the thatched roof into the kitchen on two evenings. Our bed rooms were perfectly dry and in order, but this is not really something that you should experience.
We love Kruger, and saw the big five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino) as well as cheetah, hyena, hippo, and much more. The birding was again just wonderful with a couple of "lifers", although we did not manage to see the Madagascar Cuckoo that had been a round a couple of days before.
- 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