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Unusual Kruger Park Accommodation

A trip into the Kruger National Park is not quite as magical when you haven’t selected the kind of accommodation that will become as much of a talking point when you turn home as your animal sightings are going to be.

For the vast majority of guests coming to Africa, a safari is high up on the list of things to do. Just about every person has hopes of catching sight of the Big 5, seeing the wildebeest and zebra grazing on the savannah, and hearing the calls of the wild. But along with wanting to do all of this, most travellers also have certain expectations when it comes to finding the best place to stay.

The Kruger and the surrounding areas don’t disappoint when it comes to accommodation options and what’s more is that the options include some real once in a lifetime kind of places, the kinds that are beautifully unusual and most times quite luxurious.

Often, when planning to take part in a guided Kruger Safari, the kind that you book as a package, you end up having the accommodation included. When you are fully behind the wheel of your planning, you have a lot more freedom in choosing where you are going to stay, and in such cases, these are a couple of the unusual, but totally worth trying out, accommodation options to consider.

  1. Kruger Shalati

This unique accommodation is not all that old, but it has already become an incredibly popular option for those who are looking for an experience like no other. The lodge is an old train, reworked into some of the best accommodation the Kruger has to offer. Not only is this accommodation unique because the rooms and facilities are built into a train, but the train itself sits on top of the bridge overlooking the Sabie River. This accommodation is very much the more luxurious kind and makes for one of the most unforgettable places to stay.

  1. Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge

The tree house is one of the earliest examples of safari accommodation, but these days there aren’t that many around, so when you stay at Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge, you will be in for a real treat. From the high vantage point of the game lodge, you can sit back and enjoy the view of the wildlife below. The lodge is built around a huge marula tree, and along with superb accommodation, guests can also look forward to delicious meals at the lodge restaurant. This lodge is built close to but not in the Kruger.

  1. Ulusaba Safari Lodge

If you have money to burn and you want to have an experience that you will never, ever forget, then a stay at Richard Branson’s famous Ulusaba Safari Lodge, which is built up on a hill within his private game reserve is a must. The lodge is incredibly unique looking, with the rooms and facilities scattered almost invisibly between rocks and trees, a stay here is one that will have you never wanting to leave.


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