we stayed over the week-end, and we absolutely loved it! we had a hut, it's so cozy, clean and well maintained, and it's basically everything you need on a safari!
what i really loved about this place is that they have accommodations that suit all budgets and lifestyles: you can have a camping spot (where u bring yr own tent), or a caravan site, huts with different sizes, capacities and facilities. ours had 2 single beds, a bathroom, a kitchenette with tableware and utensils, mini fridge and of course, a braai (bbq) facility, a local favorite!
the camp is quite big, it has a restaurant, souvenir shop and a curio shop (mini supermarket). it has a big terrace and a walk beside the fence overlooking the sabie river where you can spot animals. we saw a buffalo right across the fence the moment we arrived, and one night we saw 4 hyenas pass by, 2 meters away!
there are many activities that can booked in the reception and the prices are ok (between R200 and R300 pp). we tried the night drive which was quite an exciting experience, i definitely recommend it! we saw a leopard 5 minutes from exiting the camp, then we got so close to a couple of lions that were staying on the edge of the road. then we saw a herd of elephants, hippos, impalas, ...etc.
a little hint: try sitting at the back of the jeep as you will be responsible for holding the flashlight and yelling "stop" when you spot an animal !
the next day we took a morning walk, which starts at 6 am!! we didnt see many animals, but it's also quite an experience to be walking in the african bush!
we also tried the sunset drive, which was ok, but i preferred the night drive!
but spotting the animals is a matter of luck! as the ranger would tell you "we have to be at the right place at the right time"!
well, a little word that has to be said. before i went there, i read reviews here on tripadvisor, and many were complaining about the food, the staff being unfriendly, the accommodation not being good....
it was great there!! it's a camp!! so what are you expecting?! if u want luxury, just go to a private game reserve!
but this one has everything one could need on a SAFARI CAMP, and who goes there to stay in the hut anyway?! it's clean, cozy, what more could u need?
the people are normal, i wouldn't say "unfriendly", but they're fine!and we didnt try the food there as we had our own braais, but alot of people were eating there and seemed quite pleased!
- 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