Entering a new era, Kruger National Parks has just opened its first hotel-type accommodation, called the Skukuza Safari Lodge, which has more than 100 rooms. The first guests were welcomed on January 1.

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The bar/lounge area in the lodge. Photos by SANParks.
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A seating area in the lodge public area.

The lodge made 30 of its 128 rooms available for the soft opening to test guests’ reaction.

Until now, SANParks has offered accommodations almost entirely in the form of bungalows and camping facilities. The only luxury lodge-type accommodation (albeit much more expensive and exclusive than Skukuza Safari Lodge) has been smaller lodges on private concessions inside the park, such as Singita and the Outpost. Larger hotels, such as Marriott’s, are located outside the park boundaries.

Although the lodge was built mainly to accommodate people coming to the park’s Mopani Conference Centre, which opened in Skukuza three years ago, it will also be available to park guests. Until now, delegates to conferences were housed mainly in park bungalows.

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A standard room in the lodge.
The lodge’s entrance lobby.

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A Parks spokesman said the lodge was part of the SANParks Wild brand, which includes the Wild Card and activities such as canoeing and Segway tours. A second lodge could be built in future near Malelane, he said, although no further details were available.

For more information about the property, contact Skukuza Safari Lodge here.