Skukuza

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Skukuza
Camp entrance at Skukuza
Camp entrance at Skukuza
Skukuza is located in South Africa
Skukuza
Skukuza
 Skukuza shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 24°59′45″S 31°35′31″E / 24.99583°S 31.59194°E / -24.99583; 31.59194Coordinates: 24°59′45″S 31°35′31″E / 24.99583°S 31.59194°E / -24.99583; 31.59194
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Ehlanzeni
Municipality Mbombela
Government
 • Type Ward 39
 • Councillor Dudu Tryphinah Nkosi
Area[1]
 • Total 4.98 km2 (1.92 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,599
 • Density 320/km2 (830/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 83.9%
 • Coloured 1.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 14.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Tsonga 58.0%
 • Swazi 9.7%
 • Afrikaans 9.5%
 • English 7.7%
 • Other 15.2%
PO box 1350

Skukuza is the administrative headquarters and main camp of the Kruger National Park. Skukuza is a shortened word for Sikhukhuza in the local Shangaan language. Skukuza was given by the local Tsonga Shangaan people as a nickname for James Stevenson-Hamilton. It could be translated as 'a new broom', as Stevenson-Hamilton swept the area clean of poachers and outlaws. Skukuza is the natural home of the Tsonga Shangaan people and they have lived here peacefully with Africa's Big five for generations until Paul Kruger evicted them from their ancestral land. [2] It is the largest camp in the Kruger Park and is situated on the southern bank of the Sabie River.

Facilities[edit]

It has a number of historical sites including 3 museums and a library, besides a camp centre consisting of shops and restaurants. The Selati Train restaurant is situated on an old train platform on the eastern verge of the camp.

From the main reception a visitor can organize game drives, bush braais and guided walks in Kruger. Besides the camp basics, Skukuza also has 2 swimming pools, a golf course, library, minor motor repairs, police station, post office and even a bank. These shops and facilities are surrounded by different sized huts, larger guest houses as well as a rustic camping terrain.

Nearby the camp is a nursery where plants native to the region can be viewed and purchased. These are mostly suited to a similarly hot climate.

Gameviewing[edit]

Skukuza is located in the southern part of Kruger and is the most popular and accessible camp, and one of the best for game viewing. In the vicinity of the camp all of the African Big Five can be found as well as other recognisable and exciting animals. The nearby Lake Panic hide 24°58′52″S 31°33′58″E / 24.98111°S 31.56611°E / -24.98111; 31.56611 offers a vantage point of a water body from dense woodland.

The camp itself overlooks the Sabie River where elephants sometimes congregate. The stretch right opposite Skukuza is the home to a number of hippos. The trees along the river are home to very loud Chacma Baboons, while the piercing calls of Greater Galagos are heard at dawn and dusk. Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bats are easily seen under the verges of some thatched roofs. Some of these have been fitted with radio transmitters to study their feeding patterns.

Accommodation[edit]

Accommodation at Skukuza can vary from small, but comfortable, bungalows to large guesthouses, suitable for tour groups. Each house has an outside braai (barbecue area) and mosquito protection. The large camping terrain has sites for caravans, motor homes and tents; campers share the ablutions, cooking and wash-up facilities. Staying at Skukuza means you are allowed to use facilities such as the swimming pools and watching free movies at the outdoor cinema.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Skukuza". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Raper, P.E. (2004). South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball, Jhb & Cape Town. p. 347. ISBN 1-86842-190-2.