Skukuza Restcamp in Kruger
National Park is named after the Tsonga name for James
Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park. Literally
translated it means 'he who sweeps clean', a reference to his
removal of all the local people to make way for the establishment of
The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial
Museum houses many interesting artefacts – very well known is the
knife ranger Harry Wolhuter used to single-handedly slay a Lion and
save his own life. Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest
rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the
southern banks of the Sabie River. Skukuza Restcamp is home to some
interesting birds and amazing plant life.
Activities, attractions and facilities are diverse,
as are the animals and plants found both within Skukuza Restcamp and
the surrounding area. Skukuza Camp is an excellent rest camp from
which to pursue the Big Five and birds in the vicinity.
Lion are frequently spotted along this route. At night,
look for the Fruit Bat that hangs under the eaves of the shop, and
the Thick-tailed Bush Baby climbing the trees in search of gum.
Sites for camping or caravans
Luxury Riverside Bungalows
Family Cottages and Guest
Lodging Guide of Skukuza Camp:
Skukuza is a popular rest camp
situated in the heart of Big Five territory
and is easily accessed by road and by air. Skukuza Restcamp in
Kruger National Park features a variety of accommodation options
such as camp sites, 21 furnished safari tents, luxury bungalows,
cottages and 4 luxury guesthouses. The myriad of birds and wild game
in the area is easily spotted by going on bush walks and
game drives. Wildlife documentaries are shown in an
outdoor amphitheatre. There is a magnificent 9 hole (18-tee), Par 72
golf course available for golf enthusiasts.
Disabled Visitor facilities: Skukuza Rest
camp's reception area is accessible with drop curves providing
access from the parking area to the buildings, which include the
reception office, a bank, a post office and public toilets
(including a barrier free toilet) amongst others. The auto-bank is
up a step and is thus inaccessible for wheelchair users. The camp's
shop, restaurant and cafeteria are all easily accessed
in a wheelchair, as is movement along the camp's
perimeter fence adjacent to and overlooking the Sabie River.
Skukuza Restcamp has several attractions such as a museum hut, the
Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library, an
information centre and an auditorium. Only the library is
inaccessible. Wheelchair users will need to be pulled up the stairs
to access this facility. The camp has 8, 2-bed huts with barrier
free facilities (6 with showers and 2 with baths). There is an
accessible 6-bedded cottage with bath and shower facilities.
Airport: The airport is a rudimentary one. The
airport staff assists passengers off the plane via airline
wheelchairs and down a mobile ramp. No barrier free toilets existed
at the time of writing although access to the toilets is easily
Stevenson Hamilton Memorial:
This is a get-out point with a path to a memorial
plaque. The path passes over and between boulders and is not
accessible to a person in a wheelchair.
Nkuhlu is a picnic site where a ramp has been specially
constructed to allow wheelchair users the opportunity to descend
from the parking lot down to the pathway adjacent the river's edge.
There has been no adaptation of any of the other facilities and no
barrier free toilets exist at the time of writing.
Another get-out point where a memorial plaque has been embedded
in rock. Reaching the plaque in a wheelchair requires assistance and
such visitors are better off reading the plaque through binoculars.