Skukuza is the Kruger’s largest Restcamp and its administrative HQ. Whilst huge, it is well landscaped and not overwhelming, making the most of its lovely Sabie River location. Most special events happen here. It is the place for hard-to-find goods or services in the Park.
The old river bridge where the railway entered the area dominates the view from the front restaurant. The old bush railway station, complete with steam locomotive, intermittently gets opened as a restaurant and bar.
All the Big Five are in Skukuza’s vicinity. Look in front of camp for hippo and buffalo in the early morning. With luck, encounter the Skukuza pack of wild dogs on drives. In camp there are warthog and bushbuck. Vervet monkeys wreak havoc on unguarded possessions. At night genet, thick-tailed bush baby and fruit bats appear.
Lots of accommodation
There is an industry of providing accommodation at Skukuza Camp, starting with nearly 200 Rondavels each accommodating 2 or 3 guests. All have en-suite bath or shower with hot water. Some have air- conditioning, others ceiling fans. Some have kitchenettes with hotplates, fridges and sinks. Some do not.
Bungalows offer accommodation for two, with a double bed, quality decor, air–conditioning and television offering limited DSTV channels. Luxury units have a riverside view and kitchen. Semi-deluxe units miss out on the view and have communal kitchens.
Fifteen Guest Cottages each house 4 or 6 guests. Most have more than one bathroom.
Guest Houses sleep 8-12 people and cost more, but have prime river views. There are well–equipped kitchens (with microwave ovens), multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV televisions are provided.
SAFARI TENTS; CAMPING
Safari Tents accomodate 2-4. Camping/ caravan sites are available for up to 6 people per site.
There is a real bank (not just an ATM) in camp, along with restaurants, a cafeteria, a petrol station and a first aid facility. There is a garage with a workshop and car-wash.
Skukuza golf course is close by. With nine full size fairways, it was the rangers’ facility until opened to the public. Sirens sound when there is dangerous wildlife in the vicinity.
NURSERY & BOARDWALK
A nursery at nearby Lake Panic has been offering indigenous plants for sale since 1977. An elevated boardwalk runs for a distance of 300m above the artificial wetland created by the Dam and is wheelchair friendly.