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“Pleasant but does not match hotels within 12 km of camp like protea kruger gate in price or facilities” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Skukuza Rest Camp
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Pleasant but does not match hotels within 12 km of camp like protea kruger gate in price or facilities”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2011

After staying at Protea Kruger gate we moved to what was described as luxury accommodation in Skukuza at R 1600.00 per night. This price was more expensive than hotel with dinner and b/fast included. That been said it had a good position near river, and the accommodation was adequate for a camp environment. The pool was murky and not inviting. Lots of weeds on walk way and the benches needed to be treated. Staff were friendly and efficient and perhaps due to such full occupancy the camp is a little tied, but still good value for money and you are able to enter the park early for game drives.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

Skukuza like the others State camps in the Kruger NP are great places were you can stay.
Around is full of animals.
The camp are very organized with restaurant , fast food, car officine, gas station.
The bungalow are clean and confortable.
I suggest only a thing... Stay more days! If you want to see all the big animals of the savannah you had to stay 3 or 4 days ... more better!
We spent 5 days and we see lions, leopards, elephants zebras, giraffas, gnu and a lot of other animals.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

Stayed in the tented camp. Of course the location is perfect, right in Kruger. The tent is simple and can get very chilly at night. Communal sanitary is okay.

It says its self-catering but I guess that's more for the campers. You have a braai and a communal 'kitchen' which is crappy. You don't get any cutlery, dishes, pans or anything. You can buy these for rediculous prices in the campshop.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights in Oct 2011. Booked into the semi-lux river side bungalow. We had full board of breakfast and dinner and the food was decent. The guest rooms were not fantastic. Dimly lit, fairly clean, most things were worn out. It's ok for short stays and safaris since we spent less than 10 hours in the room each day. Nicest thing was that we were 3-5 metres away (fenced of course) from elephants feeding on both nights! Good place for an introductory visit to Kruger park.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Nettleton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

The last time I stayed in Kruger I was 12 and I always wanted to go back, this time I took my husband. We chose Skukuza becauase it was centrally located and the most convenient of all. We booked a riverside bungalow and so glad we did, it allowed for privacy and a fantastic view (elephant herds crossing the river in the mornings). The food was yummy, although came in tiny portions in the main restaurant.
However, workmen started before 7am and our fridge in the outside kitchen was raided by monkeys in the middle of the night. I'm guessing this happens quite often, so I'm not sure why visitors are not warned or the fridges are not secured.
But we still loved every minute in Kruger and can not wait to return. We also managed to see the big 5, bonus.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2011

This was our least favourite of the three camps we stayed in (the others were Pretoriuskop and Lower Sabie). We stayed in one of the permanent tents - not as good as the cheap rondevals available. It is a huge camp - with a poor map and fustratingly few signs for finding your way around. We also did not see much game in the area and the evening drive we went on was absolutely packed - but on both of those we may just have been unlucky. I wouldn't recommend staying here unless no other options were available.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Cairo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

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!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 14 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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