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Kruger National Park Hotels & Sleeping

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SANParks rest camps

Kruger's national park rest camps are clean and well maintained, efficiently run, and are very affordable, considering you are staying in one of the world's great game parks. All camps have electricity and drinkable tap water, and all units have air conditioning, apart from safari tents, which have electric fans.

Chalets are supplied with fridges, bedding, towels and soap, and the vast majority have ensuite toilets and showers or baths. Some chalets are equipped with basic cooking facilities, usually a two ring stove, kettle, cast iron saucepans, and a small selection of crockery and cutlery. All units, including safari tents and camp sites, have cast iron braais (barbeques).

Kruger's main camps have a good range of facilities, including shops, restaurants, cafeterias/take-ways, swimming pools, ATM cash points, public telephones, and coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers. Campsites and most safari tents (pre-erected walk-in tents) have communal ablutions which are kept very clean. There are also small communal kitchen units with constant boiling water and two-ring electric stoves, scattered among the chalets and campsites.

As well as twelve main rest camps, Kruger has another dozen smaller camps offering a more rustic and intimate bush experience. Some of these are very basic, such as Balule, a satellite camp to Olifants, which has camping and caravan pitches and a few simple huts with communal facilities. At the other extreme are exclusive, fully equipped bush lodges which are available for private use only and offer a more -up-market version of national park rest camp living. None of these smaller camps have shops or restaurants, so you need to be self-sufficient for food and prepared to self-cater. It's well worth including at least one night at a bushveld camp in your itinerary, to experience a less commercialised face of Kruger, but bear in mind these camps are very popular and tend to book up faster than the larger camps.

All of Kruger's chalets are serviced daily, and the attendant will make your bed, clean up and change towels if required, but not wash your dishes.

The easiest way to book SANParks accommodation is through the online booking system.

Private lodges

In the 1990s SANParks faced a drastic cut in government funding and after decades of state subsidy was faced with the harsh reality of having to become self-sustaining. It was decided to try to boost revenue by offering concessions to private safari lodge operators in some of the less well-utilised parts of the park. This has proven very successful, with seventeen private lodges, dubbed Sanparks 'Golden Kudus', in eight concession areas realising substantial new income for the park authorities. The impact on the experience for traditional visitors has been minimal, with only a few previously accessible roads closed off. You will occasionally meet a game drive vehicle from one of the upmarket lodges on one of the public roads, usually when transferring visitors in from an airport, but mostly the activities of these lodges are invisible to other visitors. Likewise, impact on the environment is carefully monitored by SANParks.

This high value, low volume tourism has made Kruger an attractive destination for guests who might previously have frequented the top-end lodges clustered outside Kruger's western boundary, in private concession areas such as the Sabi Sand. If you're sufficiently well-heeled, it's now possible to enjoy five-star pampering in all-inclusive luxury accommodation, ranging from classic colonial elegance to ultra-chic modern boutique-style, with game drives and guided bush walks led by rangers with a personal touch. Of course, you'll only be seeing the same wildlife and landscape as the punters down the road in national parks rest camps, but you'll be seeing it in style.

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Places to Sleep in Kruger National Park

Resort Booking SANParks Accommodation
How to book SANParks now has a very efficient online booking facility on its website, through which it's easy to put together a detailed itinerary of accommodation in different camps, and pay by credit card online. Alterna... more
Low Budget, From R175 camping, R725 chalets, in Kruger National Park
Resort Shishangeni Lodge, Camp Shawu, Camp Shonga
Shishangeni private lodge, and its two satellite camps, Shawu and Shonga, are located in the 15,000 hectare Mpanamana concession, in Kruger's extreme south east corner, near Crocodile Bridge. The concession is bordered by ... more
Luxury, Luxury game lodge from R2840, in Kruger National Park
Resort The Outpost
The Outpost is a boldly-contemporary luxury lodge in the community-owned Makuleke concession in the far north of Kruger. The area is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo, but it's the diverse habitats, including mop... more
Luxury, From R4500 per person, in Kruger National Park
Resort Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Lukimbi safari lodge is situated on the 15,000 hectare Lwakahle concession, in the accessible southern part of the Kruger National Park, near the Crocodile river. The lodge itself overlooks the seasonal Lwakahle river. Imp... more
Luxury, Luxury safari lodge from R3990, in Kruger National Park
Resort Letaba
Situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba river, this is a beautiful large camp, with extensive grassy lawns, lovely mature shade trees, and great views over the sandy riverbed, where there's always something interesting t... more
Mid Range, Camping from R190, chalets from R845, in Kruger National Park
Resort Satara
Satara is large, busy and very, very popular, not least because it has a reputation as the place to see big cats. Situated among open plains with good grazing that attracts large herds of zebra and wildebeest, this is a su... more
Mid Range, Camping from R190, chalets from R915, in Kruger National Park
Resort Olifants
Olifants is a relatively small main camp in area, but it has a marvellous hill top location, with some of the best views in Kruger, looking out over the Olifants river several hundred feet below and mile after mile of sava... more
Chalets from R840, in Kruger National Park
Resort Skukuza Rest Camp
Skukuza Kruger's largest camp and the administrative centre of the park, Skukuza feels more like a small town than a rest camp. This is not the place to stay for a wilderness experience, but it does have a wide range of fa... more
Mid Range, Camping from R215, Chalets from R915, in Kruger National Park
Resort Berg-En-Dal
In Kruger's south western corner, only 12km from Malelane gate, Berg-en-dal is the only rest camp set among rugged granite koppies (hills). It's an excellent area to spot white rhino, but otherwise the game viewing can be ... more
Mid Range, Camping from R215, Chalets from R930, in Kruger National Park
Resort Crocodile Bridge
Crocodile Bridge barely qualifies as a main camp, as it's small and doesn't have all the facilities that other camps boast. Located right on the edge of the park, overlooking the Crocodile river, the camp doesn't have a gr... more
Mid Range, Campsites from R215, chalets from R1015, in Kruger National Park
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