The new Skukuza Safari Lodge is situated in Skukuza Rest Camp in the iconic Kruger National Park. It offers luxury, catered accommodation, with a host of facilities and amenities, in close proximity to the conference center.
Skukuza Safari Lodge was built in 2018 and it sat vacant for over a year, eventually opening in December 2019.
It is a 3-star hotel but has impressive decor, balancing luxurious comforts (if they work) and the bush experience.
now, SANParks has offered accommodations almost entirely in the form of
bungalows and camping facilities. The only luxury lodge-type accommodation has
been smaller lodges on private concessions inside the park.
The lodge/hotel was built mainly to accommodate guests using the Conference Center, which opened in Skukuza about three years ago,but it will also be available to park guests. In the past, the conference center delegates were housed mainly in park bungalows, so this means more availability of accommodation for self-drive guests - we hope!
There are a number of seating areas throughout the Lodge where guests can relax.
The well positioned bar with lovely comfortable seating areas both inside and outside...
Behind the lounge there is a large restaurant - we did not eat here as the restaurant was not open, even though the hotel was open!
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The lodge houses 128 air-conditioned rooms, (256 beds) with a combination of eight luxury suites (which have a lounge area), standard rooms and family rooms including universal rooms with easy access for wheelchairs.
The rooms offer either a king-sized bed or twin beds (size dependent on room type), and are ideal for both safari guests or business clients. Each room has satellite TV with limited channels and en-suit bathroom and a tea and coffee station, with a private patio or a veranda.
The hotel is built in an 'H' shape with the rooms running down both long sides and the restaurant and reception being the small center piece.
All the rooms look inwards onto either the swimming pool on the western side with a gym and large baobab tree (so the baobab tree just north of Tshokwane isn't the southern-most baobab tree in the park...?!)
or onto a garden with small bar on the eastern side.
The rooms are all tastefully decorated with images captured in the Kruger Park by young job-seekers who live on the borders of the Kruger National Park.
It was their first ever visit to the park. The project is an innovative partnership between SANParks, Wild Card and Wild Shots Outreach – whose aim it is to engage young people from local communities in nature conservation through photography.
You can do self-drives into the park, guided game drives in open safari vehicles, relax at the swimming pool, have a work out in the gym or go to the Spa for a treatment. The Spa is right in front of the hotel.
One guest who stayed at the hotel had this to say about her experience:
It seems like the hotel is more for tour groups and will best suit the 'bus-people'.
The rooms face inward onto the pool or entertainment area but the doors face out - the front rooms look onto the parking area (note there are no trees for your cars) and the rear rooms look onto part of the staff village.
For more information about the Lodge, visit the SANParks page here: Skukuza Safari Lodge.
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