Kruger Shalati the Train on the Bridge, sits on the historic Selati Skukuza Bridge, overlooking the Sabie River within Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park.
Kruger Shalati the Train on the Bridge is one of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings to the iconic Kruger National Park.
A perfect combination of Africa’s most breath-taking natural splendours with well-deserved luxuries aboard newly refurbished 1950s train carriages.
The train coaches are permanently stationed on the historic Selati Bridge above the Sabie River. Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge offers the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train that will pay homage to guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago, while welcoming new adventurers from near and far.
High above the riverbanks, aligned with the floor level of the train, lies the beautifully designed deck with pool that offers a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodiles, hippos, buffalos and elephants to greet guests’ meters below...
...plus an indoor carriage seating area and a bar!
Outside walkways run along the bridge, connecting The Train on the Bridge to the Bridge House, which houses a Curio Shop, large wooden deck with two swimming pools, a relaxed outdoor seating area, the restaurant, bar and indoor seating area next to reception.
At night the bridge is illuminated with subtle lighting so that guests can find their way to and from from the Bridge dining area to the coaches.
The Train on the Bridge guests’ meals are served at The Bridge House restaurant, which serves seasonal menu items.
Guests have a choice of either eating indoors or sitting outside on a spacious wooden deck overlooking a tree lined garden and the Sabie River.
There is also a lovely bar and wine cellar...
Guests staying at Skukuza may enjoy meals at the Kruger Station, which houses two bars on either end of the station, a takeaway area and a small coffee bar with curio shop.
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Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge offers 31 rooms, consisting of 24 Carriage rooms on the bridge and 7 Bridge House rooms at the Bridge House main building.
(The old Waterkant guest houses are being renovated and will house the seven Bridge House rooms - one honeymoon suite and six family rooms).
The glass-walled, large train carriage rooms allow for infinite views along the length of the majestic Sabie River while the style of the train is a celebration of African design in collaboration with local art and crafting skills.
Each carriage is equipped with a fully stocked mini bar, tea and coffee station with snacks, a small seating area; glass doors open out onto a small Juliet balcony that overlooks the river and surrounding bush.
in the bath of your en-suite bathroom with a glass of wine and looking down at
the river while animals frolic in the water below...!
The old Selati train trolleys have been kept for nostalgic purposes - or maybe to transport guests and/or their luggage to give them that nostalgic experience!
also include two game drives daily in open Land Rovers where you could be introduced to some of the big-five animals.
The Selati Railway, which connected Komatipoort with Tzaneen during the Transvaal gold rush, was taken over by the South African Railways (SAR) in 1923 with a “Round in Nine” tour to the Lowveld and what was then Lourenço Marques (now Maputo).
This trip had
an overnight stop at Sabie Bridge so the chief warden of the reserve, James
Stevenson-Hamilton, had the idea that an excursion in nature would enhance the
attraction of the tour and so passengers alighted for game viewing while the
train took on water.
The Selati Railway line was disbanded in 1973 when it was realised that it caused disturbance to the plant and animal life in the Kruger National Park, and a new route was built that bypasses the reserve and follows the western border of the park instead of entering into the park..
This history is part of the charm of the recently-opened Kruger Station and Kruger Shalati: the Train on the Bridge!
For more information or to book your stay please visit the Kruger Shalati website.
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