• Kruger Shalati is a unique boutique luxury lodge set in a restored steam engine train, that’s parked atop the historic Selati Bridge above the Sabie River in Kruger safari park. Each car has been converted to house 31 luxury guest rooms that highlight the local culture with local art and custom furniture along with a lounge carriage offering a bar, pool, and deck overlooking Kruger National Park.
  • The Shalati station platform dually serves as the hotel’s reception and an extraordinary restaurant for both hotel guests and visitors. From here, you’ll have exceptional vistas of the horizon, the riverbanks and the hippos directly below.
  • There are 31 rooms – 24 in the train carriage and 7 in the bridge house – that have the historic integrity but add the necessary upgrades of modernity and luxury. An external walkway attaches to the bridge, giving each room a private outdoor entrance and inside, floor-to-ceiling windows offer plummeting views to the river below and the bush beyond.
  • The Train on the Bridge guests will be also able to enjoy two game drives per day, fine dining at the hotel’s restaurant and an incredible pool deck, that extends above the bridge, offering guests an unforgettable swimming experience, with crocodiles, buffalos, hippos and even elephants a few meters below.


We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.


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Kruger Shalati Train Lodge Room

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. 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!

Area & Location

Area, Country
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Nearest Airport
Skukuza Airport , Kruger National Park
Local Currency
South African Rand (ZAR)
Time Change
GMT +2:00
Afrikaans, English
Best time to go
September to May

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