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“Better than expected”
Review of Skukuza Rest Camp

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Skukuza Rest Camp
Reviewed December 31, 2013

A nice place to stay at after a long day in the park, the room is a bit small but functional. A big store is available on site to buy anything you forgot to bring with. The restaurant in the camp was very good.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

The room was average, but it had a nice kitchen so we could cook our food. The park is perfect and you can see all animals easily. Just make sure you buy a map =) There was a great mini market were we could buy food and souvenir.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

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.

Room Tip: We stayed in the ABSA guesthouse , as Waterkant 1 and 2 had been booked. Would recommend to stay in...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

I have been to Skukuza a number of times since 1966. Last time was in 1991. To my delight, the camp is in an excellent state of repair. Hut was clean and safe. Curioshop very good with a variety of products and good clothing on sale. Supermarket section had a great selection of food, wine and biltong! Stevenson Hamilton Museum sadly under renovation so we could not see the Wolhuter lionskin. Restaurants are average at best. Selati is unique for being on a former railway platform and one can have a drink in an old rail carriage. Food was good. The walk along the river and view from the camp to a variety of wildlife is a special as ever. Overall, the KNP experience is unforgettable, especially with a 9 year old in tow - excitement at every turn!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Stayed in #317 tent on Nov 16th night. It's a very basic tent. it has two single beds, BBQ set outside. Towels are clean, only soap no shampoo. Sheets are not so clean. There is some strange stuff on the ceiling which looked like bug eggs. But it didn't bother much because they are still. The tents have windows, simply stick to the tent, make sure you are comfortable sleeping with your head next to the windows that someone can open. Very safe place so probably no problem. The tents are signed as "Tents", so don't look for your numbers. This took me a while to find my unit. Shower is amazing. It's clean, warm, and even had a bath tub, useful if you have a baby to clean.
The shop open 7am - 7pm. game drive in morning was at 4:30am ish, a little too early for me.
You NEED good Lens, some animals are in distance. Without a good device, you will miss the chance.
Internet was out the day I stayed there. There is no international power converter in this camp either.
Sunset game drive was awesome. We saw so much animals.
Rumor says elephant in this park will chase cars. If you drive yourself, be sure to read somethings on this topic. There are full of elephants from this camp to lower sable along the river, I was concerned but they didn't run after me.
At any time, you are NOT allowed to get out of your car.

Room Tip: good camera for taking shots from distance, check south africa's power outlet, it's a unique...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

The rondel I stayed in could fit three, had good facilities, was very clean, well fitted kitchenette and all round comfortable little place to stay. We had breakfast in the restaurant but cooked bbq on the cookers provided and it was excellent. You can get everything you need at the camp shop and it was much more fun than the restaurant. Had great couple of nights on the way through Kruger. There was a lot of wildlife around the place too - saw great birds, elephants went by across the river, crocs, heard the hyenas at night and little bush babies running around the trees as we cooked.

Room Tip: I think it really is a case of you get what you pay for. And book early.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

The skukusa park is very nice and the people are very friendly. I was suprised to see that the shops had so mutch to offer in terms of food and gifts.

No words to discribe the restaurants. The nicest people and wounderful food. Simply lovely.

The park and the bungalows... Please take a light because if you stay on the street of bungalow 141 there is not a single light, not even a presence light. The bungalow 141 is very old. The wardrobe was made out of compressed wood painted. The fridge in the room takes out a lot of space (is this the only bungalow with the figde on the room?). The carpet is old and has stains. The cealing is full of spider webs. The bathroom needs renovation.

Not a keeper. Bungalow 141 seems to be the worst (very crappy).

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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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
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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