The Kruger Shalati ‘Train on a Bridge’ in the Kruger National Park, welcomed the arrival of the first carriage in Skukuza last week. 

The project is set on the original site of the Selati railway bridge at Skukuza Rest Camp, where the park’s first warden, James Steven-Hamilton, welcomed visitors nearly a century ago.

Thirteen historic train carriages will be upgraded and restored to rest permanently on the original tracks running across the bridge. The carriages will provide luxury accommodation for up to 48 guests in 24 en-suite rooms, with an additional 14 beds in seven rooms in the Kruger Shalati Bridge Guest House next to the bridge. 

“Now that the first carriage has arrived, we can begin to reveal the first glimpses of the project to the public in its breath-taking location. We are planning to do a soft opening in the first half of 2020, to ensure that the experience will live up to its unique status on a global scale,” noted Judiet Barnes, GM of the Kruger Shalati Concession.

Following delivery of the first carriage, the remaining 12 will be rolled out one by one to be in place within the first half of 2020.

The aim is to have eight of the carriages in place by early next year, to be ready for the venue’s first bookings in the first half of 2020.

The Kruger Shalati team are taking official guest bookings from June 1.