Skukuza Restcamp - Kruger National Park
Nicely located towards the river
We were staying in Kruger's largest and most popular camp on the bank of the Sabie River and base
As usual Skukuza camp accommodation ranges from small bungalows to large guesthouses all with barbeque areas and insect netting
The bedrooms are huge I was very pleased to see two recycling bins outside the kitchen this is a selfcatering unit but don't expect much in the kitchen a two plate stove, toaster and kettle
No microwave as promised but then we didn't miss it we only here for two nights
Unique Quality: There were pool available but we didn't go to it and is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. Shops nearby and take away restaurants
Skukuza Rest Camp
Skukuza is the largest of the rest camps in Kruger and the park's administrative headquarters. While its size might be off-putting to some, the upside is that there are many facilities you wouldn't get in a smaller campsite - like ATMs, a Post Office, fuel station, internet cafe and laundry. Booking is easy - I used the SANPARKS website (below) to book, and purchased a Wild Card on entering the park at Paul Kruger Gate (which is very close to Skukuza).
There is a variety of accommodation options available at the camp - from campsites, on-site safari tents, basic rondavels and more luxury bungalows and family cottages. I stayed at Skukuza for four nights - the first two in an on-site safari tent and the next two in a rondavel. The safari tent had two single beds, outdoor chairs and a table and a braai. It was also close to a communal kitchen point and communal bathroom. My rondavel accommodation was more luxurious - two double beds and a dining area protected by insect mesh. Both the tent and rondavel had their own fridge which was a bonus, although the tent accommodation had no provided cutlery or cooking utensils - which was fine as I had brought my own.
Communal kitchens made cooking an easy option, although there are also two restaurant options. The main restaurant itself has great views over the river and often hippo and elephants could be spotted. Wildlife spotting in the camp itself was often easy - on my very first night I saw a huge spotted hyena prowling the fence line and the next morning I was awoken by a quartet of warthog snuffling around my tent.
The shop at Skukuza provides a range of books on the park as well as souvenirs and giftware. I bought groceries before entering the park but found it easy to restock up at the camp shop - prices were more expensive though and the range of meat and fruit and vegetables wasn't as vast as you would find outside of the park. That said, the prices were still not ridiculous - I still managed to find a drinkable bottle of wine for under US$5.
Many activities are available to be booked at the camp - including guided walks and drives, including the popular night drive.
Unique Quality: Opportunities to spot wildlife without even leaving camp.
Kruger Rest Camp
This is the largest camp on the banks of the Sabie river, it is also the administrative centre of the park . This camp also has a golf course without any fences, the largest shop in the park and a restaurant.
There are game drives, walks to be booked from this camp also.
The Old Railway station has been converted into Selati's Restaurant and one of the carriages is a Sports bar.
It is at this camp you have the chance and we did, to see wild dog a species becoming quite rare.
Unique Quality: We had a great time here, very similar accommodation to Pretoriouskop, however we met with friends here, from SA, who invited us to braai with them of an evening and they had a super place by the river with a mega braai (bbq), so traditional food and beer to end our days with.
There is a walk along the Sabie River here which is lovely.
The largest lodge!
A lodge middle in the Kruger National Park.
Nice little chalets where you can sleep. Perfect accommodation for a stay in the Kruger Park
Unique Quality: A restaurant with good food and a lovely giftshop where you can buy some gifts for the family at home!
Accommodation inside Kruger National Park
Skukuza is a great place to stay if you are going to spend more than one day visiting Kruger National Park. We stayed in a cozy bungalow where the service was similar to that of a hotel with self-catering facilities. You may also go to the cafeteria for breakfast and have dinner at one of the two restaurants, if you don't feel like cooking. I specially recommend the one that is located inside the old train station of Skukuza, with great atmosphere.
Unique Quality: It's a great place if you want to stay overnight in the park. Otherwise you have to leave Kruger before sunset. It's also great if you want to visit the park at sunrise, as it will save you a possibly lengthy drive from acoomodations outside the park. It's also not expensive at all! But you may need to book in advance, as I think that going to national parks is one of the favourite activities of south africans.
We spent 3 nights using Skakuza as our base.
Skakuza is the main camp and also the largest in the Kruger National Park but in my opinion it has become too big and resembles a small village.
Facilities were however excellent and dinner in the restaurant is a must.
We drove out to other camps like Lower Sabie on a daily basis and managed to see the "big 5" on our second day here.
Unique Quality: Accommodation was in "rondawels" round African style huts with an outdoor "kitchen" comprising a cupboard filled with crockery and cutlery and a fridge that had to be turned around to face the wall to prevent the monkeys from raiding it! No stove but fortunately we had a small gas stove with us.
The camp has 2 swimming pools, a great restaurant, big camp shop and a few smaller stores where take aways can be purchased - all offering surprisingly good value for money
Skukuza camp is one of the biggest rest camps inside Kruger. We spent 1 night there and we were very satisfied of the place.
Unique Quality: Close to the Paul Kruger Gate (I think 13 km).
Many facilities inside the camp, like 2 restaurants, petrol station, souvenirs and grocery shop.
Skukuza Rest Camp
Skukuza Rest Camp, near the Paul Kruger Gate, is the largest rest camp in Kruger National Park, and can accommodate over 1000 guests. The have camp sites for tents & caravans, bungalows, cottages and luxury guest houses. Many of the cottages and bungalows have en suite bathrooms and kitchenette facilities. There are also communal kitchens for units that don't have their own.
Our cottage had en suite bath and a small kitchenette in the outdoor porch. We had a fridge, sink and a barbeque as well as cupboard space and dishes. The bungalow was very clean, a little small, and had twin beds, rather than a double or queen. We had the same bed situation at all 3 rest camps that we stayed at.
Unique Quality: Skukuza has 2 restaurants as well as a cafeteria and take-away stand. The gift shop was comprehensive and the general store had basic supplies for almost any need. They also had a pretty good selection of wine.
I liked the location of the restaurant at Skukuza best. It overlooks a very scenic watering hole. We didn't see any big animals taking advantage of it, but the birds were absolutely gorgeous!
As at all of the major rest camps, game drives and walks are offered (See Must See Activities) at 5:30 AM and 5:00 PM. We took a morning game drive at Skukuza for R100 per person.
Our bungalow at Skukuza cost R425, plus R120 per person for Kruger Park daily admission, for a total of R665 for 2 people. That came to about $100 USD.
Directions: Skukuza camp is in the south west of Kruger Park.
The bungalow was nice and spacious with two twin beds and a cute little bathroom. And excellent price compared to US prices!
Unique Quality: Don't get locked out because the gates to the camp close early (about 6pm, I think) in order to keep the animals from coming in while it's dark.
Krugers biggest restcamp
Skukuza is the main restcamp in the park. It has the most facilities: accomodation, camping, restaurant, cafetaria, shop, bank (with ATM), postoffice, rent a car, petrolstation, and even an airport.
Unique Quality: Being the main camp the shop is the biggest one in Kruger. It offers lots of souvenirs but also a fine choice of groceries.
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