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Skukuza rest camp

Accommodation type: Bungalows, Cottages, Guest Houses, Camping

Location: Southern Kruger National Park

Nearest Kruger gate: Paul Kruger Gate (12km), Phabeni Gate (39km)

Nearest town: Hazyview (54km)

Food: Self-catering (restaurant and shop on-site)

Budget: $-$$

Perfect for… Ease of access to outstanding safari viewing

About Skukuza rest camp

Skukuza could be considered the 'capital' of Kruger National Park as it is the administrative centre for SANParks' operations as well as being the largest camp in the park by some distance. 


The amenities and facilities include a pool, spa, high-end restaurants and a wonderful location overlooking the Sabie River.  The newly renovated Shalati Station section of the rest camp adds tasteful food, shop and activity options while remaining sensitive to the history of the area.  In the vicinity is the Skukuza 9-hole golf course and Skukuza Airport, providing convenient transport links.


The downside to Skukuza is that it can get busy with visitors both inside the camp and out on the neighbouring roads, giving a rather different feel to some of the more remote camps in the north of the park. 


The wildlife opportunities nearby, however, are excellent, with the local habitats supporting Big 5 and many other large game species.  Birding is outstanding and Skukuza gives easy access to the very special Lake Panic Hide.  Just expect to share sightings with other visitors.  You could always consider splitting your trip to spend some nights in a quieter corner of Kruger if you are planning on staying in Skukuza as well.


There is an extensive array of accommodation options available within the rest camp too.

Facilities & services

  • Gas station

  • 2 swimming pools

  • Restaurants

  • Shops

  • AM Spa Kruger

  • 9-hole golf course

  • Laundromat

  • Morning game drives available

  • Night game drives available

  • Guided bush walks available

  • Bush breakfast available

  • Bush braai available

Types of accommodation

Skukuza is the largest rest camp in Kruger and boasts an impressive range of accommodation options to suite various budgets and group sizes. 



80 x tent or caravan sites, with power point. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities (24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities). Maximum of 6 persons per site.

(Unit code CK6P)Unit


Safari Tents

12 x 2-bed and 8 x 4-bed permanent furnished canvas tents on stilts, including a fridge, standing fan inside tent and small veranda. Communal ablutions and communal kitchens available.

(Unit codes LTT2, LTT4)



178 x round-walled, single-room African style units with thatched roofs, 2 or 3 beds per unit, equipped with en-suite ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths). Some units have air-conditioning, some have fans. Kitchenettes vary: some have hotplates and sinks; some have only sinks, while some have neither. Cutlery and crockery can be provided and hired from reception. Please confirm when booking.

(Unit codes BD2, BD2Z, BD3, BE2, BE3, BG2, BG2E, BG2UT, BG2ZE, BG3E)


Luxury Bungalows

20 x 1-bedroom units, with en-suite bathroom. The units each have a double bed, quality decor, air-conditioning and television offering limited DSTV channels. You have a choice of luxury units with a riverside view and kitchen, or semi-lux units without a river view and with communal kitchen. Bungalows along the river frontage have a more modern design with glass sliding doors.

(Unit codes LB2D, LB2K, LB3, LR2E, LR2W, LR2ZW)


Family Cottage

This 8-sleeper unit forms part of the Waterkant Guest House complex and is known as Waterkant 2. It offers a well-equipped kitchen, 4 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room), a living room, one bathroom and a river view.

(Unit code GW2)


Guest Cottages

15 x 4 or 6-bed units with well equipped kitchens, multiple bedrooms and usually more than one bathroom. Some have 2 double beds so visitors should confirm bed numbers and interior contents when booking.

(Unit codes GC4V, GC4VB, GC6, GC6D, GC6Z)


Guest Houses

These are large luxury units in prime positions, all with river views. There are well-equipped kitchens (with microwave ovens), multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV televisions are provided.

Moni: Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room)

Nyathi: Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room)

Waterkant 1: Sleeps 8 with 4 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room)

ABSA: Sleeps 12, with 6 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room)

(Unit codes GMS, GNY, GW1, GAB)


Skukuza rest camp is located in southern Kruger National Park.  The closest park entrance gate is Paul Kruger Gate (12km), although all of Phabeni Gate (39km), Numbi Gate (54km) and Malelane Gate (64km) are accessible.


The nearest town is Hazyview (54km), while White River (90km) and Nelspruit (120km) are accessible too.


The Skukuza Airport (5km) is very close, while Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (112km) is also accessible.  OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is 445km / 5.5-hours driving from Skukuza rest camp.

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