Shalati Train on the Bridge

From ZAR 10950

ZAR 13700 per single traveller

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About Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge


Nestled within the untamed wilderness of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge stands as a testament to Africa’s enduring spirit of adventure and luxury. As one of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings in this iconic park, it seamlessly blends the continent’s breathtaking natural splendours with the opulence of a bygone era, inviting guests to embark on a journey of discovery and indulgence unlike any other.

Permanently stationed on the historic Selati Bridge above the tranquil waters of the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati is a haven of luxury accommodation that pays homage to the intrepid explorers who first ventured into the park nearly a century ago, while welcoming a new generation of adventurers from near and far.

The concept of Kruger Shalati is steeped in history and romance, evoking a sense of nostalgia for a time when travel was a grand adventure. The train occupies the exact spot where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s when trains would park overnight at this very location.

Today, Kruger Shalati continues this tradition of railway hospitality, offering guests a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the African bush from the comfort of a luxurious train carriage suspended above the river.

Step aboard and be transported back in time to an era of refined elegance and old-world charm. Each beautifully appointed carriage has been meticulously refurbished to capture the essence of African excellence, with contemporary comforts seamlessly integrated into the historic setting.

From sumptuous bedding to modern amenities, every detail has been thoughtfully curated to ensure a truly unforgettable stay.

But it’s not just the luxurious accommodation that sets Kruger Shalati apart—it’s the immersive experiences that await guests at every turn. Wake up to the sight of elephants drinking from the river below, as the golden light of dawn bathes the landscape in a soft glow.

Embark on guided game drives through the park, where you’ll have the chance to encounter Africa’s iconic wildlife up close. Or simply relax on the train’s expansive deck, sipping sundowners as the sun sets over the African horizon.

Of course, no visit to Kruger Shalati would be complete without sampling the exquisite cuisine on offer. From gourmet meals inspired by the flavours of Africa to traditional bush braais under the stars, dining at Kruger Shalati is a culinary journey like no other.

And with a team of dedicated staff on hand to cater to your every need, you can rest assured that your stay will be nothing short of extraordinary.

In essence, Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge is more than just a luxury accommodation—it’s a destination in its own right, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Kruger National Park from a truly unique perspective.

One of the most exciting new offerings in the iconic Kruger National Park – in fact, in the whole of South Africa – is the Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge. This unique concept perfectly combines Africa’s most breathtaking natural splendour with exquisite luxury aboard a newly refurbished train. Permanently stationed on the historical Selati Bridge high above the Sabie River at Skukuza Rest Camp, the Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge now offers the most unique accommodation anyone could imagine. What is more, this re-envisioned train pays homage to the first guests who explored the park by train nearly a century ago since it is positioned in the exact spot where that historical train would park overnight. Whether you’re in search of a one-of-a-kind adventure, an engrossing break or to simply immerse yourself in the finest of luxuries, Kruger Shalati will take you on a special, most extraordinary journey. The lodge, with its 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 Bridge House rooms, all provide a most original experience, tailor-made to enjoy utter comfort in an awesome way.


Things to Do at Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge


Guided Game Drives


Embark on thrilling game drives led by passionate and professional rangers who are eager to share their in-depth knowledge and stories of the fascinating wildlife and surroundings of the Kruger National Park.

With a vast range of pristine wilderness to explore and a plethora of African animals to spot, each game drive encounter offers a unique story of its own.


Authentic African Cuisine


Indulge your senses in a culinary journey of African-inspired fare, which is a true extension of the Kruger Shalati experience.

The talented chefs craft an abundance of exquisite dishes, each bursting with flavour and paired with an authentic African atmosphere.

Dine amidst majestic views of the Sabie River, where the sights and sounds of the bushveld provide the perfect backdrop for an exceptional dining experience. From traditional braais to fusion-inspired dishes, our cuisine promises to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.


Sensory Experience at the Pool


Relax and unwind at the impressive viewing deck, complete with a beautiful overhanging pool that offers an incomparable sensory experience.

Set in tranquil surroundings with the Sabie River flowing below, the pool provides the perfect vantage point for wildlife spotting while you soak in the warm African sun.

Whether you’re lounging by the poolside or taking a refreshing dip, the combination of breathtaking views and relaxation makes it an unforgettable part of your Kruger Shalati experience.


What to Pack


  • Lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing for hot days and layering options for cooler mornings and evenings.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for bush walks and exploring the lodge grounds.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection during game drives.
  • Insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Binoculars and a camera with a zoom lens for capturing wildlife sightings.
  • Personal toiletries and medications, as well as any necessary travel documents.


Etiquette During Game Drives


During game drives, it’s essential to observe proper etiquette to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience for all guests:

  • Listen to your guide’s instructions and follow their lead regarding wildlife viewing and behaviour.
  • Keep noise to a minimum to avoid disturbing the animals and fellow guests.
  • Refrain from standing up or leaning out of the vehicle while it is in motion.
  • Avoid sudden movements or loud noises that could startle the wildlife.
  • Always maintain a safe distance from the animals and never attempt to approach them for a closer look or photo opportunity.
  • Remember to respect the natural environment and leave only footprints behind.


Best Time to Visit


The best time to visit Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge is during the dry season, which typically falls between May and September. During this time, vegetation is sparse, making wildlife easier to spot as they gather around water sources. Additionally, cooler temperatures make for more comfortable game drives and outdoor activities.



R 10950 per person sharing per night
R 13700 per single traveller per night


R 12950 per person sharing per night
R 15700 per person sharing per night


Accommodation at Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge


Step aboard Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge and prepare to be transported to a realm where luxury, adventure, and history converge in the heart of the iconic Kruger National Park.

Offering a total of 31 rooms, including 24 Train Carriage Suites and 7 Bridge House Suites, the accommodation promises a deeply immersive experience tailored for ultimate comfort and indulgence.


Train Carriage Suites


Indulge in the unique allure of our Train Carriage Suites, where large, glass-walled rooms provide infinite views along the majestic Sabie River.

suite is a celebration of African design, adorned with locally sourced art and crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Sink into sumptuous bedding and let the rhythm of the rails lull you into a state of relaxation, as you watch the wilderness unfold outside your window.

Step outside onto the bespoke pool deck, situated high above the riverbanks and aligned with the floor level of the train. Here, you’ll find a swimming vista unlike any other, with crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, and elephants greeting you from below. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the bush as you take a refreshing dip in the pool or simply bask in the warmth of the African sun.


Bridge House Suites


For those seeking a more secluded retreat, our Bridge House Suites offer a haven of privacy and serenity. Located adjacent to the bridge in a picturesque garden setting, these suites provide a tranquil escape with the train’s gentle glow as your backdrop.

Each suite is elegantly appointed with modern amenities and thoughtful touches to ensure a comfortable stay, allowing you to unwind and recharge amidst the beauty of nature.


Facilities at Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge


An arrival lounge, reception, and dining areas, along with two of three swimming pools, are situated adjacent to the Selati Bridge, overlooking the majestic Sabie River.

Here, you can witness the daily spectacle of animals and birds coming to quench their thirst, offering a constant reminder of the natural wonders that surround us.

The on-board spa offers a special spa experience towards peace and serenity, right in the heart of the bush. They believe in holistic health, so treatments can be tailor-made according to your needs.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fans
  • Lounge Areas
  • Safes in Suites
  • Telephone
  • En-suite Bath
  • Hairdryers
  • Mini Bars
  • Swimming Pools
  • Tea / Coffee Facilities
  • Secure Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Spa


Travel and Booking Information


Included in the Rate You Pay


Rack Rate Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals, teas and coffees daily
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Two game drives daily in open safari vehicles
  • Return road transfers between the Skukuza Airport and the lodge
  • WIFI

*Long Stay rates apply per Bridge House room booked for 3 or more-night stays (maximum occupancy, 2 adults or 2 children per room)


Excluded from the Rate You Pay


  • Conservation Levy (Kruger National Park Entrance fees)
  • 1% Community Levy
  • Premium Beverages
  • Telephone calls
  • Purchases from the Kruger Shalati Boutique
  • Spa treatments (outsourced)
  • Transfers to and from the lodge other (than to/from Skukuza Airport)
  • Airport taxes or landing fees, where applicable
  • Gratuities


Child Policy


Children below the age of 12 will not be allowed to stay on the Train on the Bridge. They will need to be accommodated in Kruger Shalati Bridge House.

  • Two sets of inter-leading suites can be booked as follows:
    • Two children (6 – 11 years) pay 50% of the adult rate sharing an inter-leading room
    • Two Children (12 years and older) pay adult rates
    • Children under 6 years old are unfortunately not allowed at Kruger Shalati Bridge House.

Participation of children in game drive activities is at the discretion of the guide.


Tips for Bringing Children on Safari

  • Ensure you pack essentials like sunscreen, hats, insect repellent, and comfortable clothing suitable for both warm days and cooler evenings.
  • Safari drives can be long and sometimes unpredictable, so prepare your children for the possibility of waiting patiently to spot wildlife.
  • Before embarking on your safari, educate your children about the animals they may encounter, their behaviours, and the importance of respecting wildlife and their habitats.
  • Be flexible and understanding if they need breaks or become restless during game drives. Consider shorter, child-friendly drives or scheduling downtime at the lodge between activities.
  • Encourage your children to ask questions, observe wildlife, and engage with their surroundings. Allow them to use binoculars and cameras to capture their own safari memories.
  • Remind children to stay seated and quiet during game drives to avoid startling wildlife. Respect the guidance of your experienced safari guide and adhere to any safety instructions provided.

Child Policy and Rates


Many of the accommodation establishments that Kruger Safari Co books for tours have a strict child policy. It is your responsibility to disclose the age of each child in the travelling group to the Kruger Safari Company agent and confirm that he/she is the appropriate age for tour accommodation. Kruger Safari Co cannot be held liable for an accommodation establishment refusing entry to an underage child where a child policy is strictly enforced.

Kruger Safari Co reserves the right to request a copy of a birth certificate for any child in the tour group who is confirmed to be 12 years or younger.

A children’s rate is available on request. Not all accommodation establishments offer a reduced rate for children but where applicable, Kruger Safari Co will confirm in writing at what rate a child 12 years and younger will be charged.


Getting to Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge


Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge is located within the iconic Kruger National Park, on the historic Selati Bridge over the Sabie River at Skukuza Rest Camp..


By Air


You can fly from Johannesburg to Skukuza Airport, which is located within the Kruger National Park.

Several airlines offer daily flights from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and from Cape Town International Airport to Skukuza Airport.

Upon arrival at Skukuza Airport, you can arrange for transportation to Skukuza Rest Camp or other accommodations within the park.


By Road


From Johannesburg head east on the N12 highway toward Witbank (eMalahleni).

Continue on the N12 until you reach the N4 highway junction. Take the N4 eastbound toward Nelspruit (Mbombela).

Follow the N4 for approximately 330 kilometres until you reach the Nelspruit area.

In Nelspruit, take the R40 northbound toward White River and Hazyview.

Follow the R40 for approximately 70 kilometres until you reach Hazyview.

In Hazyview, take the R536 road toward Paul Kruger Gate, which is one of the main entrances to the Kruger National Park.

Continue on the R536 for approximately until you reach Paul Kruger Gate.

Enter the Kruger National Park through Paul Kruger Gate and follow the signs for Skukuza, which is one of the main camps in the park.


Booking Procedure:


Confirmation of a booking is made in writing via email once it is agreed upon by the client and the Kruger Safari Co agent. A 100% non-refundable deposit is required within 48 hours of written confirmation of a booking. Where applicable, the balance of payment of a booking is required 40 days prior to departure. All travelers will be required to complete our online booking form in order to ensure that Kruger Safari Co, the reserved establishment and all services providers have the correct information required.

No quotation issued by Kruger Safari Co and accepted by the client (provisional or final), or booking made (provisional or final) shall be binding until such time as a final invoice has been issued and full payment received by Kruger Safari Co.


Payment Policy


All Kruger Safari Co require a 100% non-refundable deposit to the value of 50% of the total tour price. The non-refundable deposit is required to secure the booking of a tour. Full payment of the non-refundable deposit is required on written confirmation of the booking.


Terms and Conditions


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Arrival Day


  • Check into the Shalati Train on the Bridge (check-in time is from 14:00)
  • Afternoon guided open-vehicle safari drive
  • Dinner


Days on safari


  • Morning guided open vehicle safari drive
  • Breakfast
  • Optional activities*
  • Light Lunch
  • Afternoon guided open-vehicle safari drive
  • Dinner


Departure day


  • Morning guided open vehicle safari drive
  • Breakfast
  • Depart from the Lodge (check-out time is up to 10:30 am)

What's Included

  • Luxury accommodation
  • 3 full meals daily
  • All teas and coffees
  • 2 game drives daily in open land rovers
  • House beverages
  • WiFi
  • Guided safari walk

What's Excluded

  • Transfers
  • Telephone and fax calls
  • Curios
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Spa Treatments
  • Kruger National Park Conservation fees.



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