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Introduction

Please note:
  • The ABSA Guest House has been renamed the Wild Fig Guest House.

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.

5 Things to seek

  1. Fruit Bat
  2. Thick–tailed Bush Baby
  3. Warthog
  4. Spotted Hyena
  5. Purple–crested Lourie

Contact Skukuza

  • Reception tel: +27 (0)13 735 4265 / 4196
    Reservations tel: +27 (0)13 735 4030 / 4031 / 4184 / 4371
    Fax: +27 (0)13 735 4060
    Mobile: 082 802 1204

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Accommodation

Campsites

  • 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.

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.

Bungalows

  • 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.

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.

Family Cottage

  • This 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.

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.

Guest Houses

  • These are large luxury units in prime positions, all with river view. 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)

Accommodation at Skukuza Rest Camp caters to a variety of guest requirements. Choose anything from luxury, self catering, caravanning or camping accommodation for your stay in the wilderness. Why rush? Stay longer!

To view the accommodation prices, refer to Tariffs


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Activities & Facilities

Activities

These activities will ensure an exciting bush experience. All bookings, as well as further details for these activities are available from reception.

Facilities

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Office
  • Bank
  • Car Hire
  • 2 x Restaurants
  • Deli
  • Shop
  • FNB Bank facility available
  • Laundromat
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Garage with Workshop
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Auditorium and Conference Facilities
  • Day Visitor Picnic Area (located 4km outside the camp) with own swimming pool
  • 2 swimming pools in camp (for overnight residents only)
  • Car Wash
  • TVs (limited DSTV) available in Luxury Units only
  • Cellphone reception
  • Skukuza Indigenous Nursery (located approximately 5km outside camp):
    • Contact: Michelle Hofmeyr
      Tel no.: +27 13 735 4312

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How to get there

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng

By Air

There are daily flights to the Kruger Park operating from Johannesburg to the recently reopened Skukuza Airport, Phalaborwa Airport, Hoedspruit Airport and the Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) located between Nelspruit and White River. Daily flights also operate to Skukuza from Cape Town. KMIA also receives daily flights from Durban and Cape Town, and there is also a flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit.

Please note:

No private aircraft may land at Skukuza Airport without prior permission from the Skukuza Airport Management Company acting on behalf of the Park Director. To obtain this, a Skukuza landing permission and indemnification form must be sent via email to skukuza@flyairlink.com.

Airlink's scheduled air services to Skukuza airport:

From: To: Departure Time:
OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) Skukuza Airport 10:00
Cape Town International Airport Skukuza Airport 10:35
Skukuza Airport Cape Town International Airport 11:20
Skukuza Airport OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) 13:20

Visit www.skukuzaairport.com for additional information.

By Road

Paul Kruger Gate

Take the N4 to Nelspruit. Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River. From Hazyview, take the R536 to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Skukuza Rest Camp is 12 km away from the gate. Allow about 30 minutes for the drive to the camp.

Phabeni Gate

Take the N4 to Nelspruit. Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River. From Hazyview, take the R536 to the gate. Phabeni Gate is approximately 10 km from Hazyview. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Skukuza Rest Camp is 39 km from the gate. Allow about 1 and ¾ of an hour for the drive to the camp.


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Camp Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tariffs


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Vital Information

Warnings

Please ensure that your stay is happy and safe by taking note of a few simple warnings. You will be sharing your stay with many exciting and unusual creatures but without knowledge some of them could be dangerous:

  • Bats, Spiders, Snakes, Scorpions, Malaria Zone

If you must walk around at night please DO NOT DO SO WITHOUT A TORCH.

Remember: by feeding any wildlife, you are signing their death warrant as they become aggressive!

Climate

Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

Late Arrivals

Late arrivals are only allowed in cases of emergency (proof and valid reason required) until 21:00 for guests with pre-booked accommodation at certain camps within 10km distance from the relevant gate. An extra late arrival fee will be charged which is payable at the gate. No late arrivals are allowed at Pafuri, Phalaborwa or Phabeni Gates or any other gates for camps more than 10km away.

  • The late arrival fee for Skukuza camp is R500, valid from 1 November 2013.

Car Hire

AVIS Rental in available at Skukuza Camp and their office is within the reception area.
Contact number: +27 (0)13 735 5651 or 082 458 9344

Day Visitors

Skukuza has a designated day visitor area where day visitors and visitors from other camps can barbecue (braai) and picnic. Currently this area is adjacent to the cafeteria overlooking the Sabie River. Plans are underway to move this area down stream to a new area. A new swimming pool was built for day visitors and is located downstream from the main camp.


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Flora and Fauna

Mammals

Sighting the "Big Five” has become something of a quest for many people when on safari, and the Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of these, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino (black and white).

It should certainly not be a pre-requisite of a safari to see these or even a priority, as there are plenty of other fascinating animals and birds in the African bush.

All of the Big 5 can readily be seen in the vicinity of Skukuza. Wild Dog are another thing to look for. In the camp itself there is a population of warthog. Vervet Monkey also inhabit the camp and can wreck havoc if visitors leave unguarded possessions. At night genet, thick-tailed bush baby and fruit bat are resident in camp. The latter hang under the eaves of the shop. The river front of the camp is a great place to look for hippopotamus and buffalo, especially in early morning. See Kruger/Fauna/Mammals for full park mammal checklists.

Aardvark

Aardwolf

Antelope Roan

Antelope Sable

Baboon Chacma

Badger Honey

Bat Epauletted, Peter's

Bat Epauletted, Wahlberg's

Bat Free-tailed, Angolan

Bat Free-tailed, Little

Bat Tomb, Mauritian

Buffalo

Bushbaby Lesser

Bushbaby Thick-tailed

Bushbuck

Bushpig

Cane-rat Greater

Caracal

Cat Wild, African

Cheetah

Civet

Dassie Rock

Dassie Rock, Yellow-spotted

Dog Wild

Duiker Common

Duiker Red

Eland

Elephant African

Fox Bat-eared

Genet Large-spotted

Genet Small-spotted

Giraffe

Grysbok Sharpe's

Hare Cape

Hare Scrub

Hare Red, Natal

Hartebeest Lichtenstein's

Hyena Spotted

Hippopotamus

Jackal Black-backed

Impala

Klipspringer

Jackal Side-striped

Leopard

Kudu

Mongoose Banded

Lion

Mongoose Grey, Large

Mongoose Dwarf

Mongoose Selous's

Mongoose Meller's

Mongoose Water

Mongoose Slender

Monkey Samango

Mongoose White-tailed

Mouse Multimammate, Natal

Monkey Vervet

Oribi

Nyala

Pangolin

Otter Clawless

Porcupine

Polecat Striped

Reedbuck Mountain

Reedbuck Common

Rhinoceros Black

Rhebok Grey

Serval

Rhinoceros White

Squirrel Tree

Springhare

Suni

Steenbok

Warthog

Tsessebe

Wildebeest Blue

Waterbuck

Zebra Burchell's


Vegetation

While the camp itself is riverine, with wonderful large trees such as sycamore fig, jackalberry and Natal mahogany, the surrounding ecozone comprises of thorn thicket on granite/gneiss soils. Knob thorn and sickle bush are prominent.

(More information on park vegetation)

(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)


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Birding in Skukuza

Although Skuku za is a large and busy camp, the camp hosts an excellent avi-fauna. Scanning the Sabie River from in front of the restaurant can produce Finfoot and Half-collared Kingfisher.

In summer this venue is a hub of activity with a massive nesting colony of Lesser Masked and Village (Spotted-backed) Weavers. Green Pigeons are abundant in the Riverine fig trees. In taking a walk along the river's bank there is a strong chance of encountering Red-faced Cisticola and Spectacled Weaver and, in early the morning, Little Sparrowhawk. The river walk and a stroll around the rest of the camp could yield Collared Sunbird, Red-backed and Bronze Mannikin, Purple-crested Turaco (Lourie) and three bush shrikes (Orange-breasted, Grey-headed and Gorgeous) may well be heard or even seen.

White-browed (Heuglin's) Robin-chat is another species constantly heard but more difficult to see. Up to seven species of flycatcher may also be found ( Paradise , Black, Dusky, Spotted, Grey Tit- (Fantailed), Ashy (Bluegrey) and Pale (Pallid)). Watching the sky above the river at dusk may reveal Bat-hawk or Eurasian Hobby. When night falls a spot-light lights up a fig tree outside the restaurant. Woodland Kingfishers use this ‘extended daylight' to hunt insects attracted to the glow.

The nearby bird hide at Lake Panic is a good spot to go to observe kingfishers, herons and Wire-tailed Swallows at close quarters. Black-winged Stilts are often in attendance.

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People with disabilities

Wheelchair Access

An in-depth accessibility profile for Skukuza has been compiled.

Please see additional information on Wheelchair Accessibility.

 

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