• Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge
  • Closer look
  • Enter the bridge
  • Bedroom
  • Amaizing view
  • Bathroom
  • Unique pool
  • Big cat
  • It's time to drink
  • Some local citizen
  • Zebras
  • Your railway carriage
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Kruger Shalati - The Train on the Bridge

Kruger National Park, RSA

Opened in December 2020

Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge. One of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings coming to the iconic Kruger National Park, South Africa. A perfect combination of Africa’s most breathtaking 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 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. The name has its origins in the history of Chief Warrior Shalati, who lived near this river in the region of Skukuza and ruled over the Tebula tribe. Experience the Kruger, suspended over the Sabie River.


Skukuza Airport is located 3,5 km away from the hotel.


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’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, an enthralling 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 African design in collaboration with local art and crafting skills. High above the riverbanks, aligned with the floor level of the train, will lie our bespoke deck with pool, offering a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodile, hippos, buffalos and elephants greeting guests meters below – a vista unlike any other! Thought-provoking, unique design is core to our offering, but the holistic experience is centred around our human-ness, our cultural nuances, the people involved in the making of every element, and ultimately the kindness with which we receive our guests.

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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

Rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR), inclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT) at 15%

The Rack Rate Excludes:

  • Kruger park entrance fee (conservation fee)
  • Community Levy (1% of accommodation fee)
  • Premium Beverages
  • Telephone calls
  • Purchases from the Kruger Shalati Curio Shop
  • Spa treatments (outsourced)
  • Transfers to and from the lodge other (than to/from Skukuza Airport)
  • Airport taxes or landing fees, where applicable
  • Gratuities

Children staying at Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge: children below the age of 12 will regrettably not be allowed to stay in the Train on the Bridge. Guests occupying rooms on their own will be levied a supplement of an additional 25% of the rate from date of arrival. There are a limited number of private safari vehicles that can be booked by guests in advance at an additional cost subject to availability. Private vehicles must be booked for a guests’ entire stay. For all private guides wishing to accompany their guests on safari activities a private safari vehicle must be pre-booked (subject to availability) and will be charged for at the applicable daily rate.

5 reasons to visit Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge

  • It offers unparalleled views. The hotel offers guests a view of the majestic Sabie River, and if you are lucky some animals that congregate on the banks of the river. Head to the lounge carriage for some incredible landscapes.
  • It is a birder’s dream location. Guests of the hotel are noticing that some rarely sighted birds are being spotted in and around the Shalati area. This includes a crowned eagle that one guest managed to see from his room. Other birds often seen in the area are dark capped bulbuls, tawny flanked prinia, blue waxbills and the majestic bush shrike.
  • A social distance paradise. As the hotel is elevated, guests don’t even have to leave their rooms to spot some animals as the animals that flock near the river below. If you do though, only a small group of people is allowed to go out on game drives at a time with strict Covid-19 prevention measures in place.
  • It boasts the most unique pool in Africa. The pool boasts the most stunning animal sightings and sunsets. So, grab a cocktail and enjoy the lush views while suspended over the Sabie River.
  • Home to unique walkway across the bridge. As you have read by now, there are many different ways to view the animals that visit the Shalati and Sabie River area. One of the ways is via a unique walkway across the bridge. This walkway provides guests with a personal experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Kruger National Park.


All Meals: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Game Drive Snacks & Fully Stocked Mini-Bar are included into the price.

A brew with a view

Whether you like yours black, green, iced, with a dash of honey or milky-smooth, we’ve got a variety for any palate to enjoy. We do, however, take it to the next level (literally, suspended metres above the Sabie River on a 984-foot-long bridge); we elevate your sipping session with mouthwatering pastries, savoury treats and desserts in a high tea experience you won’t forget. Guests at Kruger Shalati can enjoy a daily high tea in the lounge carriage before heading off on a game drive, or having a dip in the iconic overhanging pool. Celebrate International Tea Day, and any day, the Kruger Shalati way.

Suitable for

Real African Safari, observing the animals from your own room, those, who love unique hotels.




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