Skukuza is the biggest rest camp in Kruger National Park. For some this makes it because it means you have access to all the amenities that come along with it and a choice of everything: from restaurants to the curio and grocery selection in the shop to an array of accommodation options to suit all budgets, to name a few. For us though, we feel its too big, which compromises a relaxing bush getaway.
The campsite itself is adequate. It offers the same high standards you expect from SANParks and is quite large, so there is plenty of space for a number of campers. The reality though is that because of the camp’s size and popularity, the campsite can get overrun in holiday season and over long weekends. People cram into every spot they can find and you feel like you’re in a strange tented city, forced to listen to your neighbours’ conversations about their day’s game sightings. To add to this, the sites are not well demarcated, so people tend to occupy more space than they should.
That said, if it is the only campsite with availability, we wouldn’t say no. Skukuza is the perfect base for exploring the Kruger National Park and is the most easily accessible rest camp in the park. We come here for the nature experience outside the camp walls and in this regard you shouldn’t be disappointed.