The Top 5 Camps in the Kruger National Park

Today we bring you the top 5 camps in the Kruger National Park , any camp at the Kruger are nice but today we discuss the best camps to stay at.

  1. Lower Sabie
  2. Skukuza
  3. Tamboti
  4. Satara
  5. Shingwedzi

Lower Sabie

Lower Sabie is a main rest camp situated in the south region part of the park, it provides all sort of accommodation from camping to luxury chalet.

It also has a shop and a restaurant, the shop consist of all the things you require while on holiday as well as anything you may have forgotten. The restaurant available is Mugg & Bean and they offer a variety of food to please anyone’s taste palettes.

The accommodation available is only self-catering. There are 30 huts and 62 bungalows as well as guest houses, Sanparks also recently added luxury safari tents, and there are also 33 camping sites available for caravans and tents equipped with electrical power.

Campsite

There are Campsites available for caravans and tents equipped with electrical power. A campsite allows 6 people. You share a communal ablution and a communal kitchen with other visitors.

The price for a campsite which sleeps 2 people is R330 and R88 per additional person and R44 per additional child.

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Hut

The huts range from one sleeper to a 4 sleeper, they consist of fridge and air conditioning, and you share a communal ablution and a communal kitchen with other visitors.

The price for a 2 sleeper hut is R640

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Bungalow

The bungalows accommodate 1 to 3 people; they feature a full equipped kitchen, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Some of the bungalows have a perimeter view overlooking the Sabie River.

The price for a 3 sleeper bungalow ranges from R1490 – R1765

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Family Cottage

The family cottage is the same as a Bungalow but it sleeps 4 people, it consists of 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds, air-conditioning, each bedroom has their own bathroom, it also has a full equipped kitchen and a braai area. Some Family Cottages have a perimeter view.

The price for a family cottage ranges from R2545 – R2665

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Luxury Safari Tent

The Lux Safari Tent sleeps 2 people, it consists of a bedroom with 2 single beds and a bathroom with a shower, air-conditioning and a full equipped kitchen and a braai area, and it also has a bush view veranda

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Kartland Guest House

This guest house sleeps 4 to 7 people. The guest house consists of 3 bedrooms with 2 single beds, 2 bathrooms each with a w/c, bath and shower, air-conditioning, a full equipped kitchen and a braai area.

The price for the guest houses ranges from R4620

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Skukuza

Skukuza is the largest camp in the Kruger Park and it is the most popular among foreigner and local visitors, it is situated in the southern part of the park and the Sabie River flows through Skukuza.

The meaning of Skukuza means “sweep” and it got its name from the Tsonga people, because James Stevenson-Hamilton had the same nickname as he “sweeped” the land clean of poachers and criminals.

Skukuza has a large shop consisting of all the things you require while on holiday as well as anything you may have forgotten as well as souvenirs to buy to take back home with you. The restaurant available at Skukuza is Cattle Baron and it is a grill and bistro restaurant, and it targets foreign visitors more than locals.

The accommodations at Skukuza vary from small accommodation to large guesthouses.

Campsites

There are Campsites available for caravans and tents equipped with electrical power. A campsite allows 6 people. You share a communal ablution and a communal kitchen with other visitors.

The price for a campsite which sleeps 2 people is R285 and R88 per additional person and R44 per additional child.

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Safari Tent

The safari tents can sleep one to a 4 visitors, they consist of fridge and a fan, and you share a communal ablution and a communal kitchen with other visitors.

The price for a 2 sleeper safari tent is R685

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Bungalow

The bungalows accommodate 1 to 3 people, some feature a full equipped kitchen while others you share a communal kitchen, all bungalows come with air conditioning, ceiling fans and a bathroom.

The price for a 2 sleeper bungalow ranges from R1230 – R2085

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Guest Houses

There are different types of guest houses which sleeps 4 to 12 people. The 12 sleeper guest house consists of 6 bedrooms with 2 single beds, 4 bathrooms each with a w/c, bath and shower, air-conditioning, TV with satellite and a full equipped kitchen and a braai area.

The price for the guest houses ranges from R2665 to R6930

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Tamboti Tented Camp

If you’ve read most of our previous post you would have seen that Tamboti is our favorite camp to stay at when we go to the Kruger.

All accommodation consists of tents mounted on slits, they are all self-catering, 20 tents are luxury tents which include a bathroom in the tent, while the others you have to share the communal kitchen and ablution.

The reason we love to stay there is because all tents are overlooking the dry Timbavati riverbed, and animals such as bucks, hyenas and wild dogs are usually seen in the riverbed, last year we actually saw a leopard walking right next to the fence late at night.

Tamboti has no resturant or shops, the closest shop is at Orpen rest camp which is 3km away and it is also where you check-in because there is no reception area.

Safari Tent 

The safari tents can sleep one to a 4 visitors, they consist of fridge and a fan, and you share a communal ablution and a communal kitchen with other visitors.

The price for a 2 sleeper safari tent is R580.

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Luxury Safari Tent

The Lux Safari Tent sleeps 2 people, it consists of a bedroom with a double bed and a bathroom with a shower, fan and a kitchen and a braai area.

The price for a 2 sleeper safari tent is R1260

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Satara Rest Camp

Satara is the third largest camp in the Kruger Park and it is also situated in the middle of the park. Satara is best known for being the best area to spot lions.

Satara has its own shop complete with everyday groceries and souvenirs. They recently revamped the restaurant area and the new restaurant found there is called Timbavati.

Satara also has an outside cinema which plays different wildlife documentaries each night.

Satara like Skukuza and Lower Sabie have many different type of accommodation including camp sites, bungalows and guest houses, they do not have safari tents or huts.

Camp sites 

There are Campsites available for caravans and tents equipped with and without electrical power. A campsite allows 6 people. The campsites at Satara are next to the fence of the camp and you might get to see a hyena walking along the fence, last year visitors got to see lions make a kill right next to the fence.

The price for a campsite with no power is R240 and R285 with electrical power.

Bungalow 

The bungalows accommodate 2 people, they come with a bathroom with a shower, a full equipped kitchen air conditioning, and a perimeter view.

The price for a Bungalow ranges from R1135 – 1150

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Guest Cottage/ Guest Houses

The guest houses at Satara accommodate large groups of people up to 10 people while guest cottages sleeps up to 6 people.

The Guest Cottages include 1 bedroom with 2 single beds and another bedroom with 3-4 single beds, 2 bathrooms each with a w/c, bath and shower, air-conditioning, a full equipped kitchen and a braai area.

The price for a Guest Cottages start from R2490

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Frankel Guest House

This particular guest house sleeps up to 10 people, there are 5 en-suite bedrooms each with 2 single beds, the guest house has air-conditioning, a full equipped kitchen and a braai area.

The price for a Guest House start from R5090

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Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Shingwedzi is the northern part of the park and it’s situated where large herd of elephant can be found. You can take scenic drives along the Shingwedzi River.

Shingwedzi is perfect for you if you are not into large crowds and you enjoy some peace and quiet, Shingwedzi and the rest of the camps up north are not busy and most of the local visitors enjoy staying there.

The accommodation in Shingwedzi includes camp sites, huts, bungalows, cottages and a guest house.

Campsites

There are Campsites available for caravans and tents equipped with electrical power. A campsite allows 6 people. You share a communal ablution and a communal kitchen with other visitors.

The price for a campsite which sleeps 2 people is R285 and R88 per additional person and R44 per additional child.

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Hut

The hut sleeps 1 to 3 people, they consist of fridge and a fan, and you share a communal ablution and a communal kitchen with other visitors.

The price for a 2 sleeper hut start from R520

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Bungalow 

The bungalows accommodate 2 to 3 people, they come with a bathroom with a shower or bath, a full equipped kitchen air conditioning, ceiling fans and a perimeter view.

The price for a Bungalow ranges from R1045 – 1100

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Cottage

The cottage sleeps 4 people, it consists of 2 bedrooms, one with 2 single beds and the other with a double bed, air-conditioning and ceiling fan, and it also has a full equipped kitchen and a braai area.

The price for a cottage start from R1555

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Rentmeester Guest House 

This guest house sleeps up to 8 people, there are 3 bedrooms each with 2 single beds or a double bed, 3 bathrooms with a shower or bath, the guest house has air-conditioning, a full equipped kitchen and a braai area.

The price for a Guest House start from R3870

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