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Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park

Neatly laid out rondavels at Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National ParkSkukuza Rest Camp in the southern section of the Kruger National Park is the park’s administrative headquarters and is also the largest camp in the park. It should come as no surprise then that the camp buzzes with activity, all year round. The camp’s name originates from legendary ranger, James Stevenson-Hamilton’s Shangaan name, Skukuza, which means to ‘sweep clean’. The name was given to him in honour of his efforts to turn the Sabie Reserve, the reserve that gave birth to the Kruger Park, into a dedicated conservation reserve.

The camp is situated on the banks of the Sabie River, which makes it one of the best game-viewing areas in the park. You can expect to see elephant, crocodile, hippo, giraffe and waterbuck regularly enjoying a drink at the river.

The camp is home to the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library and Museum, which houses an impressive collection of accounts of life as a ranger in the park. Legendary ranger Harry Wolhuter is also honoured here, and the skin of the lion that he killed, together with the knife that he used to kill it, have been put up for display. Bookings and info

Getting there: from Gauteng, take the N4 to Nelspruit. Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River. From Hazyview, take the R536 to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Skukuza Rest Camp is 12 km away from the gate. Allow about 30 minutes for the drive to the camp.

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