Kruger Shalati – The Train Lodge on the Bridge in Skukuza – Opening September 2020

Kruger Shalati – The Train on the Bridge in Skukuza. One of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings coming in December 2019 to the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa. A perfect combination of Africa’s most breath taking natural splendours with well-deserved luxuries aboard a newly refurbished train that’s reminiscent of African excellence.

Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati will offer the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train which will pay homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago while welcoming new explorers from near and far. The train celebrates a location where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s, the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati will be positioned.

Offering 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms, all of which will provide a deeply visceral experience, tailored for immersive comfort. Whether you are looking for a one-of-a-kind unique safari adventure, a thrilling break or to simply immerse yourself in earth’s finest creations, Kruger Shalati looks forward to welcoming you on a journey of discovery with nature in the most extraordinary way imaginable.

The glass-walled, large train rooms allow for infinite views along the length of the majestic Sabie River while the style of the train is a celebration of contemporary African design in collaboration with local art and crafting skills. High above the riverbanks, aligned with the floor level of the train, will lie a bespoke deck with pool, offering a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodile, hippos, buffalos and elephants greeting guests from meters below – a vista unlike any other!

Thought-provoking, unique design is core to this offering, but the holistic experience is centred around their humble, cultural nuances, the people involved in the making of every element, and ultimately the kindness with which the lodge will receive their guests.

Experience the Kruger, suspended over the Sabie River…

We have been advised that Kruger Shalati will be opening in December 2019 and will only be accepting bookings from March 2020. For more details, special launch rates, to make a booking or a quote – please contact us on 0861 00 44 55 / +2711 468 3478 or email

With all the excitement and anticipation, it’s extremely important to all involved in the project to ‘get it right’ before the facility opens to guests and, as many of you know, we are now in the final stages of the project, which is when attention to detail is critical to the project’s success.

With this in mind, we have taken the decision to move the official opening of Kruger Shalati the Train on the Bridge to September 2020 and no longer this June, as previously communicated. This decision was not made lightly. It follows an in-depth analysis during the prototype carriage build phase, which allowed us to thoroughly understand the intricacies of this aspect of the project and therefore ensure that it would meet the desired guest experience in addition to the infrastructure requirements of the location.

Author: TarrynAdmin

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