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Sunday 17 January 2021

Animal magnetism. The pulling power of a luxury train to nowhere

Nowhere on the planet does luxury wildlife experiences better than South Africa.

Which is why the new Kruger Shalati experience - a luxury train parked on a bridge over the Sabie River - is No.1 on my bucket list once travel returns to normal.

Kruger Shalati, which opened last month, adds a new dimension to visiting the iconic Kruger National Park game reserve.

The newly refurbished train sits on the historic Selati Bridge above the Sabie River. It pays homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago, when the first visits were allowed in the 1920s.

The train delivering those pioneers would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati is positioned.

Offering 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and seven Bridge House rooms that will open towards the end of the year, Kruger Shalati has glass walls which allow views along the length of the majestic river while featuring local art and craft designs.

Aligned with the floor level of the train is a unique swimming pool. Take a dip while gazing at the crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and elephants below.

Rates include accommodation, all meals, teas and coffees daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, two game drives daily in open safari vehicles and return road transfers between the Skukuza Airport (more a landing strip really) and the lodge. Prices start from around $AUD680 per person per night twin share.

All suites have king-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms with both bath and showers as well as separate enclosed toilet, mini bar and electronic safe.

Outside walkways run along the bridge - which was decommissioned in 1973 - connecting the hotel's different spaces.

Discounted rates are available to residents of select countries in Africa.
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