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Post by Lisbeth » Thu May 21, 2020 11:27 am

Yes, I do remember having read something about it. It will be a very small pool though O**
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Post by Alf » Thu May 21, 2020 1:22 pm

So who will run this hotel? Obviously not SP 0*\
Next trip to the bush??

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Post by Lisbeth » Thu May 21, 2020 1:53 pm

It is all further back in this topic ;-)
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Re: Luxury Train Hotel on Kruger's Selati Bridge

Post by Richprins » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:37 am

Luxury hotel invites guests to sleep on a train permanently parked on a bridge
The newly refurbished train featuring 24 carriage rooms will be permanently stationed on the bridge's disused tracks.
Tuesday, July 7th 2020, 8:08 AM EDT by CNN Newswire

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Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge

Though luxury hotel openings have slowed to a trickle this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still a few exciting new properties opening their doors to guests in 2020.

Among the most intriguing of the bunch is Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge.

Now under construction in South Africa, this unique luxury resort sits partially on the historic Selati Bridge over the Sabie River in stunning Kruger National Park.


As the name implies, a newly refurbished train featuring 24 carriage rooms will be permanently stationed on the bridge's disused tracks.

The opening date is still up in the air given construction has been paused due to Covid-19, but staff tell CNN Travel they're confident it will be operational by December 2020.

The glass-walled, large train rooms, all of which overlook the river, feature decor created in collaboration with local artists, while there's also a separate dining area and swimming pool -- also on the bridge.

Now comes the bad news for families with young kids. Only travelers 12 years and older will be permitted to stay in the train carriage rooms, though another seven land-based family-friendly "Bridge House" rooms will be added to the property in early 2022.

Inspired by history
Kruger Shalati pays homage to the national park's origins as a travel destination nearly 100 years ago, when the first visits to the park were permitted in the early 1920s. At the time, trains would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati will be positioned.

The resort is adjacent to the Skukuza Camp inside Kruger National Park, where the so-called "Big Five" -- lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and African buffaloes -- roam freely. Rates, which start from about $520 per night per person, will include all meals, house-drinks and two daily game drives.

The resort's name was inspired by Shalati, an African warrior queen who, according to legend, was one of the first female warrior chiefs of the small Tebula clan, part of the Tsonga tribe that lived in the bush around the Murchison Range in the present-day Limpopo Province.

As for the national park itself, Kruger is one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa. Covering 2 million hectares of land, it's filled with hundreds of animal species as well as cultural heritage and archaeological Stone Age sites.

The park closed on March 25 as part of South Africa's nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus but has recently reopened to self-drive excursions for day visitors.

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Post by Lisbeth » Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:26 am

There must be a corridor somewhere, maybe on the other side :-?
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Post by Richprins » Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:13 pm

The Station Restaurant is opening tomorrow, it seems!

Kruger Station to open this weekend
Posted on 6 August 2020

The much-anticipated Kruger Station is opening this weekend. The food precinct is situated in Skukuza Rest Camp along the historical Selati line.

The Kruger Station goes beyond the usual bacon-and-egg breakfasts, or home-packed sandwich lunches eaten at its various stops, with a far more pleasurable and exciting way to spend an hour or two before guests resume their search for the Big Five.

The Kruger Station is part of the exciting Kruger Shalati Train on a Bridge hotel project. Opening up this weekend are the Enroute Grab ‘N Go Deli and the Departing Soon coffee and icecream cafe. Guests are able to either enjoy the delectable foods while sitting in the open seating area or where they can quickly stop for a takeaway

‘This project is very dear to our hearts and has been in the works for some time,’ says Judiet Barnes Concession General Manager for Kruger Shalati.

‘After much planning and consideration into what is the best product for the Kruger Station, we could not be prouder of the final outcome! We are delighted to finally open to the public and share our labour of love with all Kruger enthusiasts and foodies alike’

The station structure was built in the 1980’s to house the heritage train currently parked in Skukuza, Kruger National Park (KNP).

This new opening sees the rebirth and modernisation of this iconic station to add to its heritage with an artisanal food and beverage offering (which combines family dining, bar and a deli/takeaways), a 360-degree cinema, kids play area and a retailing area.

The Round in 9 (bar and casual dining) will open it’s seating for guests to enjoy their meals from the Deli while the bar aspect will open once alcohol sales are permitted following the regulations of the lockdown levels implemented by the government.

The 3638 sit-down family restaurant, 360-degree cinema and the Li’l Gricers play zone will all open at different points over the next few weeks and months.

For now, however, the deli will have you covered with exquisite foods suited for the whole family. Wipe away all expectations of typical takeaway foods and imagine instead gourmet foods prepared by world-renowned chef, Andrew Atkinson.

The menu at En Route serves up mouth-watering sandwiches such one that is layered with succulent pork sausages, mounds of crispy bacon, caramelised onions, wild herbs and a grain mustard dressing; a delicious smokey flame-grilled beef patty on fresh baked ciabatta bun with shredded lettuce, tangy mayonnaise, fire-roasted tomato relish, beer-battered thick cut onion rings and hard-to-resist legendary triple fried crispy fries; indulgent takeaway pizzas; and sweet treats that will have you cheating on your diet in no time at all.

For those needing a heavenly cup of java made up of more than just water, coffee and milk, look no further than Departing Soon with its extensive drinks menu suited to even the pickiest of travelers.

‘The opening of the Kruger Station, the first phase of the Kruger Shalati Project, is something that we are thoroughly excited about,’ says Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Tourism Group – the majority shareholder in this development.

‘This is a much-anticipated and very different destination for visitors to the Kruger National Park and we are looking forward to seeing how guests react to this exciting addition to one of Africa’s largest and most popular game reserves.

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‘We anticipate that visitors will be thrilled to have the chance to get out again, to enjoy nature and the magnificence of our wild animals, while also being able to experience exciting food within the safari setting of the park, all within the necessary safe social distancing.’

Gavin Ferreira, GM: Operations of the new Kruger Station lifestyle precinct in the KNP notes that the planned and phased opening of various parts of Kruger Station will be done in compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

‘We have to be compliant with very stringent world standards. Trust in an establishment is almost the new currency in which we work. We’re considering the guest experience from their arrival in the car park all the way to their interaction with staff, in line with the mandatory and recommended FEDHASA health and safety measures,’ concludes Ferreira.

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Re: Luxury Train Hotel on Kruger's Selati Bridge

Post by RogerFraser » Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:20 pm

\O That is good news its the one development reopening that I feel is actually a good idea for the Park and a part of the parks history X#X

One day will definitely give it a try O**

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Re: Luxury Train Hotel on Kruger's Selati Bridge

Post by Richprins » Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:21 pm

Not for the poor... --00--




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I wonder what an Asian Free Chicken is? :shock:
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Post by Lisbeth » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:28 pm

"free-range" is a chicken which is reared in the open, free to eat worms etc. or should be.... O**

No beef :-?

Apart from the horrible green sofa, all the seating are terribly uncomfortable and it is all ugly as a whole 0*\ Just my opinion of course ;-)
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Re: Luxury Train Hotel on Kruger's Selati Bridge

Post by RogerFraser » Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:16 pm

Wow food is a bit pricy will have to stick to the Adult Soft Serve ;-) lol

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