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Skukuza Rest Camp
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“just awesome”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

First of all, you don't come to Kruger park to spend time in the bungalow, you come for the wildlife, and from Skukuza, the wildlife viewing was just amazing. In a short period of time, I saw all of the big five, most of the little five, all the ugly five, and so much more. I stayed in the rest camp for about 14 days, and it was amazing every day. Now the bad. Why was it impossible to get internet anywhere in the park? There was supposed to be an internet cafe, and it was completely closed. There was supposed to be internet access from the conference center, and that was turned off. Why, if the baboons are regularly getting into the refrigerators, has management not yet figured out how to put a latch on them to prevent break-ins? Those things are minor, compared to how awesome the trip was.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We stayed 2 nights in Skukuza. After booking in we were busy unpacking the car when another couple arrived with keys to the same bungalow?! Back to reception, we were given the wrong bungalow but the nice couple decided that since we already unpacked they will take our bungalow as it is mirror of ours.
Despite that we had a very nice stay. The bungalow is very close to shop and restaurant. Shop is stocked with supplies and staff friendly. We ate at the cafeteria as every time we were at the restaurant they were closed or preparing for next course.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

I would not stay here again as our accommodation wasn't very nice.

There were ants in the kitchen, the room was ok but very outdated and tatty.

One of the lights in our room didn't work and maintenance came and fixed this quickly.

Food was ok as was service.

We had a car and spent a lot of time driving ourselves and this was AMAZING, we saw loads of animals, it was great.

It was also a little disappointing that when we were there 90% of the roads were shut and this made it VERY expensive, we were not recompensed for this fact.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

I have visited kruger since I was a child so I understand the charm of the basic accommodation in the bungalows. Nevertheless, our most recent trip was quite disappointing. Our room was in desperate need of an upgrade. Sheets didn't fit the mattresses properly. Linen was stained and so were the walls and floors. The fridge is so old and has undergone so many monkey raids that it didn't close easily.

I could see from walking around the camp that many bungalows have been upgraded. Perhaps it would be better to let these be first option as the camp was not full.

On a good note, I was pleased with the quiet around the camp at night compared to what you can expect at a big, crowded camp like Skukuza. We could still hear the hyenas calling all night and even spotted a genet right outside our bungalow.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Lovely accommodation in quaint rondavals which our students found delightful. Camping also looked well set up. Well equipped camp with excellent shop. Didn't try the restaurant but the take away store & supermarket were great.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Of the six camps I have visited and stayed in in Kruger National Park, Skukuza is by far the biggest. Close to the southwest-side entry gates it is also close to Johannesburg and other heavily populated areas in the region and can therefore get crowded, incl. visits by large groups. On the positive side is that it is closer to good animal viewing areas than most other camps. The bungalow was comfortable and clean. The restaurant food and service was very average; a buffet breakfast very overpriced.

Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Torrance, California
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

We stayed in Skukusa but did our Game Drives and meals with Outlook Safaris. The units looked like rondavels, so that was fun! The accommodations in Skukuza were quite rustic, although our unit had a little fridge and a kettle for boiling water on the screened porch. The emphasis seemed to be on conservation; that's the only reason I can imagine for having such dim lighting in the room. We had to use flashlights to be able to see in the closet!

The camp store was well-staffed and well-supplied. Just about ANYTHING you wanted could be found there.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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