Why photographers love Kruger Shalati
What a unique and luxurious stop over when travelling through the Kruger Park or before starting a safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Excellent food, accommodation and the pool deck overlooking the Sabi River is amazing! Staying in the train one is reminded of the history of the railway for Kruger National Park. The railway line was first built n 1914 to connect the gold fields and the coast. In 1923 James Stevenson Hamilton, first warden of the park persuaded the South African Railways to include Skukuza as a stop over for tourists. Skukuza, (which means, “he who sweeps clean”) was the nickname for Stevenson Hamilton, and is the headquarters for the Kruger Park and enjoys a prime position in what was originally the Sabi Game reserve. Don’t miss this experience.
How we rate Kruger Shalati
Kruger Shalati at a glance
Offering 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms. The glass-walled, large train rooms allow for wonderful views along the length of the majestic Sabie River while the style of the train is a celebration of African design in collaboration with local art and crafting skills. High above the riverbanks, aligned with the floor level of the train, is a deck with pool, offering a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodile, hippos, buffalos and elephants greeting guests meters below – a vista unlike any other! The train has a dining restaurant near the station with a large swimming pool.
Photographers need to know
The lodge does offer morning and afternoon game drives in open game drive vehicles. Please be aware that driving in Kruger is a lot more tame than in private game reserves where you are able to do off road driving.