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Skukuza Rest Camp

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.

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  • AM Spa Kruger
  • Golf Course at Skukuza
  • Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library
  • Kids Educational Programme (Seasonal)
  • Lake Panic Bird Hide (located approximately 7km outside the camp)
  • Catered traditional dances can be arranged (prior arrangement with the camp)
  • Wildlife films every evening (except Sundays)

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Office
  • Bank
  • Car Hire
  • Restaurant
  • 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 Plant Nursery

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.

Day Visitors

Skukuza has a designated day visitor area where day visitors and visitors from other camps can braai (barbeque) 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.

Travel Information

Routes and times are from central Gauteng.

By Air

There are daily flights to the Kruger Park operating from Johannesburg to the 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.

Airlink’s scheduled services to/from 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

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 [email protected].

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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 12km away from the gate. Allow about 30 minutes for the drive to the camp.

By Road: 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 39km from the gate. Allow about 1 and ¾ of an hour for the drive to the camp.

Fauna & Flora

See the Fauna & Flora pages of the Park for more information.


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.


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.

5 Things To Seek

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


  • Reception: +27 (0)13 735 4196
  • Reservations: +27 (0)13 735 4265
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 4060
  • Mobile: +27 (0)82 802 1204

See Camp Contacts for more information.