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Kruger Shalati – A Stationary Journey into the Heart of the Wild

Kruger Shalati – A Stationary Journey into the Heart of the Wild

In the vast expanses of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, one of the continent’s largest game reserves, a unique hospitality experience is capturing the imagination of travelers worldwide. Kruger Shalati – The Train on the Bridge, a stationary hotel, offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the wilderness while enjoying the comforts of luxury accommodations.

The Concept

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Permanently perched on the historic Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati pays tribute to the early days of safari in the Kruger National Park. The concept dates back to the 1920s when the park’s first visitors would overnight in a train stationed on the same bridge. Today, this innovative hotel combines the adventure of an African safari with the nostalgia of train travel, offering 31 rooms divided between 24 Train Carriage Suites and 7 Bridge House Suites.

Accommodation and Amenities

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The Train Carriage Suites, located directly on the Selati Bridge, provide guests with a direct view of the Sabie River below—a lifeline for the park’s diverse wildlife. The Bridge House Suites, set in a serene garden adjacent to the bridge, offer a more secluded retreat. Both accommodation options are designed with a contemporary interpretation of African elegance, ensuring a comfortable and immersive stay.

The hotel’s facilities include a welcoming arrival lounge, reception, dining areas, and two of its three swimming pools overlooking the majestic Sabie River. The river, flowing year-round, attracts a variety of animals and birds, offering guests front-row seats to the park’s vibrant ecosystem.

Experiences and Dining

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Kruger Shalati is not just about luxurious accommodation; it invites exploring and connecting with nature. Game drives led by passionate and professional rangers provide intimate encounters with the park’s wildlife, including the famed “Big Five.” The experience is enriched by the rangers’ deep knowledge of the animals and their habitats, making each safari a unique and educational journey.

Culinary delights await guests at Kruger Shalati, where African-inspired cuisine is served against the backdrop of the Sabie River. The dining experience is an extension of the adventure, with exquisite dishes that celebrate the rich flavors and diversity of African gastronomy.

A Pool with a View

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One of the hotel’s highlights is its impressive viewing deck, complete with an overhanging pool. This architectural marvel allows guests to relax in the water while observing the wildlife that frequents the riverbanks. It’s a harmonious blend of relaxation and wildlife observation, set in the tranquil surroundings of one of Africa’s most iconic national parks.

The Legacy of Shalati

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The hotel is named in honor of Shalati, an African warrior queen known for her leadership and bravery. Her legacy is woven into the fabric of Kruger Shalati, reflecting the strength, courage, and spirit of exploration that the hotel embodies.

Holistic Wellness

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Emphasizing holistic health, Kruger Shalati offers tailor-made spa treatments designed to heal, restore, and rejuvenate. From the African Goddess Facial® to massages that release tension and promote peace, guests can enjoy a serene spa experience in the heart of the bush.

The Bottom Line

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The Train on the Bridge celebrates African heritage, wildlife, and the spirit of adventure. It offers a unique vantage point from which to experience the natural beauty and biodiversity of Kruger National Park, all while ensconced in luxury and history. For those seeking an extraordinary stay in the wild, Kruger Shalati promises a memorable and transformative experience.

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