Skukuza Rest Camp Skukuza Rest Camp

Skukuza Rest Camp

Kruger National Park.
from R760
per night
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Skukuza Rest Camp

Kruger National Park.
from R760per night
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Skukuza has 80 beautiful tent/caravan sites(accommodating6 people per site), bothwith and without electrical points available to choose from.

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One bedroom bungalows fit with an en-suite bathroom and comfortable air-conditioning is about the best you will find

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Luxury Bungalows


20 beautifully equipped luxury bungalows are available at Skukuza. These include bungalows equipped with

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There are 4 very large luxury guest houses at Skukuza. These are the Moni, the Nyathi, the Waterkant

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A guide to Skukuza Rest Camp.


Skukuza is the biggest camp in the Kruger National Park and serves as the parks Administrative Headquarters. Skukuza camp is nestled next to the Sabie River and provides beautiful views of both the river and the wildlife that regularlyvisitsfor a drinkof water. Hippos and crocodiles can often be seen from the walkway, along with monkeys and a large variety of birds, all without ever having to leave the camp!

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Some of the camp's facilities and services include:

  • ATMs and internet facilities, ideal for overseas visitors
  • Convenient restaurantsand cafeterias
  • Helpful car hire services
  • A clothing and African Art Shop
  • A Doctor and a pharmacy
  • The famous Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library and Museum
  • An open-airamphi theatre which is knownfor showing wildlife documentaries
  • The Campbell Hut Museum (this is theoldest hutin the park)
  • The option of booking game walks and guided game drives
  • An 18 hole golf course An airport

The camp is situated in the southern area of the park, roughly 12km from the Paul Kruger Gate and 54km from the Numbi Gate

The History of Skukuza Rest Camp

In the 1800's Skukuza was a Tsonga chiefdom under the authority of Chief Ngomane and the Tsonga people. The Tsonga people hunted animals with bows and snares and eventually they used rifles obtained by trading with the colonists passing through the area. They used the Sabie River for fishing and were regarded as great fishermenby their neighbours. The land where Skukuza camp is now situated was once chief Ngomane's palace (eHubyeni) and he used to conduct his tribal meetings there.

Skukuza was originally known as Sabie Bridge or simply Reserve,butthe name was changed to Skukuza in 1936. Skukuza was the Tsonga name given to James Stevenson-Hamiltonwho served as the first warden of what would become the Kruger National Park. Literally translated it means ' he who sweeps clean ' and was a reference to the indigenous peoples he relocatedin orderto establish the park.

It was Stevenson-Hamilton'sefforts which, in no small way,lead to the creation of the Kruger National Park. In 1926, the Park was proclaimed, beating out several interests that were against nature conservation and those who would have preferred that the park be opened up for agricultural farming.The newly formed Kruger National Park would span from the Sabie Game Reserve (Skukuza) 270km to Singwedzi Game Reserve in the north and include all of the land in between.

Camp Accommodation

As the biggest camp in the Kruger National Park, Skukuza has a wide range of accommodation options whichsuit any and all needsand tastes. Fromrustic campsites with well-equipped communal ablution blocks and kitchens to luxury river view guest houses with air cons and televisions, you will find it all at Skukuza.


Skukuza has 80 beautiful tent/caravan sites(accommodating6 people per site), bothwith and without electrical points available to choose from. The campsites also have clean,well equipped communal ablution blocks and kitchens. The kitchens have 24 hour boiling water, electrical hotplates and washing up facilities


If camping isn’t your idea of fun, Skukuza boasts 178 round walled African style thatched units. These units are equipped with either 2 or 3 beds, some with showersand some have baths. Airconditioners have been installedin some bungalows while the rest have fans. Kitchenettes in the bungalows also vary from being equipped with hotplates and sinks tohaving just sinks, while some have neither and you will have to use the communal cooking and cleaning facilities. Somake your decisions wisely, and keep in mind that cutlery and crockery can be arranged from reception.

Luxury Bungalows

20 beautifully equipped luxury bungalows are available at Skukuza. These include bungalows equipped with a double bed, television with limited DSTV as well as a kitchen and a stunning river view. Thereare also semi-luxury units available without river view and kitchens. For these bungalows, guests can use thecommunal kitchens which are available.

There are also several well-appointed familyand guest cottages on offer, each havewell-equipped kitchens, all with a river view.Visitor scan confirm bed numbers and unit sizes as well as interior contents when booking

Guest Houses

There are 4 very large luxury guest houses at Skukuza. These are the Moni, the Nyathi, the Waterkant 1 and the ABSA guest house. Each sleeps between8 and 12 people and all offer well-equipped kitchens, multiple bathrooms, air conditioning and limited DSTV televisions

Other Helpful Camp Information

While enjoying the splendor of nature please keep in mind that the animals you are viewing are wild and all wild animals can be dangerous.So to make sure that you have the best experience of the Kruger National Park remember to follow the rules. The rules and regulations can be found on the green gate permit you will receive upon entry into the park, and are applicable even when in the safety of Skukuza camp.

The most important rule is to always remain in your vehicle unless in a designated area such as a bird hide or picnic spot.When walking around the camps always be on the lookout for snakes,scorpions, monkeys and warthog, all of whichcanbe a problem in the camps. It is also recommended that you don’t leave food unattended and that any uneaten food is packed away ordiscarded in the bins provided in the camp. Litteris always a problem. Not only does it spoil the natural beauty of the surroundings but wild animals can mistake litter for food so please dispose of any trash in the bins at all rest camps and picnic spots. Gate times in the Kruger National Park must be strictly adheredto for your own safety and to avoid a possible fine. The gate times change throughout the year

The Gate Times For Skukuza Are As Follows:

  • November to January: Camp gates open at 04:30 and close at 18:30
  • February to March: Camp gates open at 05:30 and close at 18:30 and 18:00
  • April to September: Camp gates open at 06:00 and close at 17:30
  • October: Camp gates open at 05:30 and close at 18:00

Skukuza and most of the Kruger National Park are within a malaria area so please consult your doctor to find outwhat preventative measures and medication you should take. Malaria symptoms might only show up weeks later and although malaria isn’t fatal if treatedin timeit will be an unpleasant experience, always put your healthfirs!

Wildlife and Surrounding Areas

As Skukuza is the biggest and busiest camp in the Kruger National Park, the animals around the camp have become more accustom to cars. This means that animal sightings are often closer to the road and offer better and closer viewing of the abundant wildlife seen in the area. The Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant and Cape Buffalo) are regularly spotted around Skukuza. Other predators found in the area include Wild Dogs and the Spotted Hyena, while common grazers and browsers foundnear Skukuza include Impala, Greater Kudu, Black Rhino, Hippo and Klipspringer.

If birding is your fancy the Kruger National Park offers an incredible variety. Some lists from the Kruger National Park include as many as 477 -517 species of bird which make up the Kruger National Parks avifauna.

The Lake Panic Bird Hide is located about 5km from Skukuza rest camp on the S42 road and is a great place to spot birds. This beautiful hide stands on stilts overlooking the calm waters of the lake and offers a large assortment of water birds throughoutthe day. Resident Hippos and Crocodiles are often seen whileLeopard are often spotted on theirway to get a drink. It should be noted that there are no ablution facilities at any of the hides but most are located close to rest camps and picnic spots where such facilities are available.

When taking your drives around Skukuza rest camp don'tignore the dirt roads. Ageneral favorite is the looparound the Sabie and Sand Rivers (H1-2, H12 and H4-1). There is usually heavy traffic on these roads but there is a reason for that.

It is one of the best areas to see Lions and a variety of other game as they make their ways to and from the rivers to drink. Mostpredators come out at night. Consider booking a Morning, Sunset or Night drive. Experienced guides will take groups off the beaten path to seekout the more secretive wildlife of the Kruger National Park. Bookings can be made at the reservations office or at your rest camp