February 09 marked my second trip to Kruger. I can think of no better place to have a true safari experience on a budget. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's best not to expect luxury: staying at Kruger is essentially like camping. The rondavels are very quaint. we had a kithenette that was adequate. Other facilities include a simple pool, a well-stocked store and two restaurants. Being the largest camp, Skukuza is also incredibly busy. Even during the off season it was packed over the weekend. However, you can't beat the amenities like an ATM, full-service bank and Internet cafe.
I highly recommend Kruger - I'm going back again in June. If you're going to go, there are a few things to note: (1) bring power strips if you have lots of things to charge; (2) bring a good flashlight and perhaps a lantern; (3) stop in Nelspruit if you have time to pick up specialty items, but keep in mind the store is well-stocked; (4) remember the point of Skukuza is easy access to wildlife, not luxurious accommodations, so adjust your expectations accordingly. You will NOT be disappointed by the wildlife.
I also recommend Satara (fabulous for cats) and Pretoriuskop (oldest camp, rhinos and wild dogs all over the place). I've been to, but not stayed in, Lower Sabie, Olifants and Letaba, and can recommend these as well.
- 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