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Skukuza Rest Camp
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Stayed at Skukuza for 3 nights in a semi luxury riverside bungalow which was clean and spacious and had a great aspect overlooking the river which had plenty of Hippos and Crocodiles on view.Bungalow was very good value for money in comparison to private camps.
However,as other guests have commented the restaurant was awful,both food and service.After a dreadful dinner experience we avoided the 150R plus breakfast.
Braii and cooking facilities at the bungalow are excellent and I would strongly suggest that is where guests should dine.With a little imagination by new management Skukuza camps could be a superb experience.

Room Tip: Bungalows facing the river are private and well located
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Frank D
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Skukuza was exactly what we expected for a restcamp and the room was clean and acceptable.
The restaurant met our expectation and the service was faultless. We much preferred Skukuza to Letaba and found the staff here much more helpful

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ian H
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

The chalet had two bathrooms and an outside covered area next to the Braii. We made our own way around on the good standard of roads and saw plenty of game. The next day we went on an organised tour and saw less game, but did mange to see a pride of lions in front of our vehicle upon returning back to camp!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
1  Thank Mikebarn
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

Skukuza is called the capital of Kruger Park and it is pretty big, maybe even huge.
But this does not only applies to the number of guests - it also applies to the size of the property. We stayed there in low season and in high season, both times in a riverside semi-luxury bungalow (not cheap) and it never felt crowded.
The bungalows are of pretty high standard, making it a quite comfortable stay.
Concerning wildlife around Skukuza - from our experience it is one of the top places, we visited (only the Satara region gave us more encounters). Highlight was a bunch of Wild Dogs just outside Skukuza in the late afternoon, on hunt, chasing some Impalas completely unimpressed by the couple of cars around them.

Room Tip: The semi-luxury riverside bungalows are expensive, but spacious and do not have the crowded feeling...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank mh_3041
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We stayed in Skukuza camp for two nights. We didn't have much expectation as we only paid a trivial cost comparing the private camp. It's a reasonable place to spend nights because sleeping is the least wanted thing you want to do in the park.

My only complain is that, the room is TOO DARK

p.s. we stayed in "semi-luxury" bungalow...

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

The SanPark lodges in the Kruger National Park are a great value way of being in the bush and seeing great game both on and off-road at reasonable prices. By and large private bush camps and game lodges in most African countries charge silly prices for the privilege of being pampered. These, in my humble opinion, are rarely worth it unless it's in an exceptionally remote area or run by highly knowledgeable rangers. Skukuza is big, the rooms are clean and it's a good place to start your tour if you're coming in through the Nguni gate. We stayed in a chalet on the river which was great, peaceful. Cooking facilities are fine. Reception staff (sadly) seem indifferent, unsmiling with a hint of arrogance. Perhaps because it's the SanPark headquarters. Food, like most SanPark lodges, is poor. They really need to get their act together. Perhaps offer the catering franchise to a private contractor. We did our own catering.
There's no pool and it's a bit municipal. Other SanPark lodges ( Oliphants/Sirheini/Shimawini) are much nicer, more spectacular and remote but Skukuza is a decent enough first stop

Room Tip: Get a chalet on the river if you can.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Slowflyer
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

This is a perfect place to start when you want to go to the Kruger Park. The small houses were clean and nice arranged. There is really no need to go to one of the higher-level-hotels outside the Kruger. Here you get everything you may need (except a flatscreen tv and a pool).

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank senfi
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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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