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Skukuza Rest Camp
Reviewed 19 August 2013

This location is average for Kruger National Park. The accommodation, although old, was neat and clean. The shop was a disappointment - very expensive, poor quality food, not much selection. Mostly over priced curious!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Stayed here for two nights while attending a workshop in the Skukuza Conference Center. From the moment you enter the park the wildlife are everywhere and really fantastic. Stay in your car, be observant, and the sights are wonderful. The conference center itself appears to be fairly new and was nice, with good wifi available. After meeting from 8-4 we went on a jeep drive with a guide (Ludwick) who was outgoing and focused on providing us the best and safest service possible. Saw hippos, giraffes, white rhino, kudu, baboons, banded mongoose, alligator, warthogs, lots of impala, vultures, and bushbaby. Accommodations and food were good (water pressure was low), especially considering the remote location. Workshop ended at noon the next day, followed by lunch at the Skukuza Golf Club, where signs are posted warning that wild animals roam freely and you play at your own risk. On the way to the Golf Club and then on our way out of the park we saw more of the animals mentioned above plus elephants, nyala, steenbok, and buffalo. We made a short stop at the Lake Panic observation deck and saw hippos, grey heron, and goliath heron. A great experience and a conference venue I won't forget. This is not a place where you can go jogging in the morning unless you want to be breakfast.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Kent W
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Skukuza Rest Camp was the overnight stop for us whist visiting Kruger National Park. The rest camp is one of the largest in the national park with many amenities such as a restaurant, shop, laundry facilites and many different accommodation types. The hut that we had was very basic - two singles bed a fridge and a shower that didn't vary much from freezing cold to boiling hot. The camps also have a night time curfew, after which they close the gate to the camp and don't reopen them until early the next morning. Rest camps are the only option for accommodation inside the park. Given that, they are still fairly expensive for what you get.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank roundtheworldin2013
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

In an unusual twist to my usual travel, I flew into the airstrip here at the start of my trip.The grounds are well cared for, the staff friendly, the rangers knowledgeable. This would be the perfect self-catered vacation stop for a single or family.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Skukuza is a bit of a zoo but reasonably well run. I would recommend renting a bungalow as they are well maintained and clean. Do not eat the prepared food in the cafeteria or go to the restaurant as the food is terrible. Animal viewing is fairly good but do not expect to see lions or leopards as they are more elusive in this area. Actually its more of being in the right place at the right time. The shop on the grounds is not too bad for snacks but the quality of souvenirs is definitely lacking however, this is not why you come here. You come here for the game drives. I found all staff I came in contact with to be very pleasant, very helpful. Be careful and listen to directions in order to avoid being ripped off by the resident baboons and monkeys. The rest camp is a good introduction to Kruger.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Thank cloust
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

i stayed here over a busy weekend, i know its the biggest and busiest camp in the kruger but it needs some upgrades. i stayed in the safari tents, they have shared ablutions with the campers. clean but old furnishings, needs work.
make sure if you dining in the evening ask for the selati train restaurant, its the best option.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank filip l
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Firstly the location was incredible, right on the riverbank, you could hear the hippos getting in the water we were so close.
The safari tent however left a lot to be desired, the bathroom door had a missing panel and was hanging off its hinges, we were unable to close it so there was no privacy to be had. It was very basic which is fine as it was a tent but in urgent need of some updating, there appears to have been no refurbishment work undertaken in years.
It is one of south Africa's main tourist attractions and with that in mind I feel the accommodation throughout the park needs some TLC.
However it would not stop me for one moment from returning as sleeping in the bush and hearing the animals is a unique and wonderful experience.

Room Tip: Choose a tent on the perimeter for a close up and personnel bush experience
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 #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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