Travelling from O.R. Tambo International Airport to KNP we enter via Malelane gate in the south and travel to Skukuza Rest Camp, the main camp and administrative headquarters of KNP, approximately 64km to the north. This gives us some time on our day of arrival to get a feel for the park and hopefully get to view some of the incredible wildlife along the way. Depending on the itinerary we've planned, Skukuza Rest Camp will be our first home away from home for the next 2-3 nights.
Accommodations are neat, clean and comfortable. Serviced and cleaned daily. Each unit has a braai, equipped kitchen with utensils, cutlery, crockery, fridge, kettle and toaster. There are 3 single beds per unit with your own shower, toilet and basin. Each unit is fitted with an air-conditioning unit.
Skukuza is on of the first camps in the KNP while not the oldest it has a remarkable history. A small museum displays the unique history of the area around Skukuza. There is a very well stocked supermarket, liquor store and curio shop as well as a take-away cafe and restaurant. At the swimming pool there is also day spa. A doctor is also available in the event of any medical emergencies.
Perched on the edge of the escarpment which drops down 700m to the Lowveld, at an altitude of 1493m is the historical town of Graskop. First called by this name by Voortrekker leader Andries Pretorius when he made camp here way back in 1837. The town itself only developed in the 1880's as a miners camp after the discovery of gold in the area.
We stay 2 nights at Log Cabin Village from where we explore the Panorama Route and Pilgrims Rest. The surrounding area is littered with waterfalls great scenery and commercial Pine forests.
Graskop itself is small town with quaint little shops, stalls and curio shops. Everything is within walking distance from Log Cabin Village. The area is famous for it's pancakes, so no visit is complete without a pancake or two at The Silverspoon situated right next door to Log Cabin Village. Canimambo's Restaurant serves Portuguese/Mozambican specialities and is about 250m straight up the road. The atmosphere and food is awesome!