Restaurant and Dining Guide to Kruger Park

The river side restaurant at Lower Sabi camp
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Find out about the restaurant and dining facilities at the Standard Self-Catering Rest Camps in Kruger National Park. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant or experience a Bush Braai (Barbecue) in the heart of the African wilderness or have a picnic at a beautiful spot. The choice is yours.


Cafeteria - Casual Dining

The Wooden Banana Outlets/Decks are perfect for casual dining. Enjoy a mid-morning breakfast, a quick lunch or light dinner. There are all day breakfasts, salads, pastas, burgers, cold platters and specialty gourmet sandwiches on offer. Guests can also choose between a range of hot and cold beverages.

Available: At Skukuza, Satara, Lower Sabie, Pretoriuskop, Berg en Dal, Letaba, Olifants

Restaurants ? Home Away From Home

Relax in a tranquil and elegant atmosphere in one of the restaurants at the Rest Camps in Kruger National Park. Sit back and absorb the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the great views and the fresh air. The breakfast and dinner buffets offer a wide selection.

If you are in or near Skukuza, make a point of visiting the Selati Station Grill House, where the old railway platform has been converted into a restaurant complete with historic coaches and steam engine.

Available: At all Rest Camps

Boma Braai - Barbecue Around The Open Fire At The Rest Camps

There is nothing better than enjoying a braai (barbecue) around the boma (outdoor enclosure with fireplace) in one of the Rest Camps in Kruger Park. From 17:30 onwards, guests can indulge all their senses at a Boma Braai. The chefs prepare a delicious meal, which includes a choice of three meats grilled to perfection as well as salads, breads and desserts. Enjoy the taste of Africa.

Available: At all Rest Camps (Booking essential)

Bush Braai - Bush Barbecue In The Heart Of Kruger Park

Enjoy a braai in the middle of the Kruger Park bush under the beautiful night sky. The evening starts with a night game drive through the wilderness to your destination. This is followed by a delicious meal, where great service is provided. Guests can then enjoy a meandering drive back through the Kruger Park bush with the possibility of spotting nocturnal wildlife. This is a completely unique bush experience.

Available: At all Rest Camps (Booking essential)

Mangwe Restaurant at Punda Maria

Situated halfway against the Dimbo hills at Punda Maria the Mangwe (Zebra) Restaurant and Shop is the oldest complex in the Kruger National Park dating from the 1930's. The 18 two bed rooms and 4 three bed rooms was built in 1934 and still have the original basic roof structure and outside walls. This is the ideal setting for a rustic and unforgettable experience of yesteryear.

The small restaurant caters for 34 diners and 4 tables for outside dining for 16 people (from 07h00 till late). The fully licensed Quick Service menu will satisfy the hungry and the not so hungry with varieties ranging from a light to a full breakfast, available throughout the day. A menu is available for the evenings with juicy Spare Ribs, Chicken Schnitzel, game meats and more to choose from.

Dining Options

  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Nyathi Restaurant at Shingwedzi

And when you are exhausted from tracking the Big Five and need a break, get yourself seated at the Shingwedzi Nyathi Restaurant where gourmet meals are tastefully prepared by a top-flight chef while you enjoy some of South Africa's finest wines.
Candle lit lamps cast a subtle glow in the African evening filled with softly playing traditional local music.
The evening is set for a beautiful, cozy and intimate dinner.
The ambience beckons you in and the tantalizing smell of well prepared cuisine is enough to mistake this for paradise.

In the heart of Northern Kruger National Park, where the Lions roam freely and the Hippos laze contentedly, lies Shingwedzi Rest Camp. Come and experience the tastes, sounds, colors and sights of Nature's Group souvenir shop and restaurant. Walk into the Shingwedzi souvenir shop, be greeted by friendly, helpful staff, and browse through a diverse array of curios, from ancient tribal jewelry to traditional Tsonga clothing. Hear the drumbeats of an African legend and stock up on necessities. Shingwedzi Retail offers you 5 star service during your expedition of discovery in Elephant country.

Dining Options

  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Imvubu Restaurant at Mopani

Mopani is the newest of all the Rest Camps in Kruger Park. It is situated in the northern part of the park. The air-conditioned restaurant offers an a menu selection and has a variety of delicious, freshly prepared dishes from the chef. Breakfasts and Dinners are served in the restaurant which overlooks the Pioneer Dam where there is abundant waterbird viewing. The abundance of Crocodiles and Hippos offers much entertainment whilst dining.

The adjacent bar area and patio is a perfect spot to relax, unwind and enjoy a refreshing drink whilst viewing the dam. The combination of thatch and face-brick create an African ambience coupled with the view and the delicious food, the restaurant at Mopani is definitely a must. Comprehensive packages for larger conference groups as well as tailor-made options will suit your every need. Make your enquiry from this web site.

Dining Options

  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Nambu Restaurant at Letaba

The Nambu Restaurant (which means 'river') overlooks the Letaba River. The restaurant seats 80 people, while The Terrace can seat 40 guests. What makes this restaurant unique is the Table D'Hote Menu. You can relax, while the waiters serve you at the table ? no queuing for the delicious, traditional home-cuisine.

And if you feel like a real South African braai (barbecue), there is a boma area (outdoor enclosure with fireplace) just next to the restaurant which seats up to 50 people. Bigger groups can be accommodated at The Club which seats up to 150 people. The Club is situated about 3 kilometers outside Letaba Camp. Open vehicles are available at an additional charge.

Dining Options

  • Wooden Banana Outlet/Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Ndlovu Restaurant at Olifants

Olifants Camp is definitely the most beautiful Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, with a view overlooking the Olifants River. Staying at Olifants will definitely give you the best experience of Kruger Park.

The 80-seater restaurant is situated to the right of the view point and the dedicated chefs prepare traditional South African cuisine in black cast iron pots from the buffet. There is always plenty to choose from, but remember to leave space for the freshly baked desserts and fresh fruits and salads.

Dining Options

  • Wooden Banana Outlet/Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Nhuthwa Restaurant at Satara

Satara hosts a tranquil setting allowing for 55 diners on the patio and 88 diners in the restaurant itself. The ?African? ambience begins with lighting mounted on Kudu horns and enclosed in Ostrich eggs providing a subtle, soft tone, broken only by the flicker of the lamps on each table. Crisp linen and neat cutlery dresses our tables. Livingstone's African safari chairs provide that real dinner-on-safari feel.

The only grumble will be outdoors...as no pleasure is missed as the chefs at Satara Rest Camp talk you through the Seven Wonders of the ?African pots? add some more, because not only are there 3 vegetables, two starch dishes, a potjie and a soup, but also a fish dish and a hot starter... Not to mention a selection of succulent roasts, with all the traditional accompaniments. The mind is wondering and the eyes are bulging then you look around and notice the selection of 3 freshly prepared salads.

The self-service buffet ensures you have the selection and the ability to eat at your own leisure and most certainly the last say when it comes time for sweets... Who needs the last word when you can have he last mouthful! Remember the restaurant serves these wonderful selections at lunch and dinner, not to mention the wide variety of ?get up & go? food selections they offer at breakfast.

The day is short, the trip was long, why not come and try the easy, self-order Quick Service. Choose that burger & chips, or even a fish & chips, whatever the desire, the menu will alleviate that grumble. Which is not coming from the Lion outside. Grab that chilled cool drink, escort your meal and take a seat at one of our rustic wood benches, placed on the patio, for you to enjoy the fresh air and pleasant view. Keep the kids happy, the day pleasant and the holiday enjoyable. Come and visit Satara - there will be a warm welcome for you and your family.

Dining Options

  • Wooden Banana Outlet/Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Ingwe Restaurant at Lower Sabi

The restaurant at Lower Sabi derives its name from the majestic Leopard which is respectfully given the name of 'Ingwe' by the local Shangaan people. The restaurant is nestled on the banks of the Sabie River, 30km from Crocodile Bridge and 40km from Skukuza, blending in harmoniously with the tranquility of the surroundings.<

The spacious Lounge Bar leads onto an expansive wooden deck which provides an elevated view of wildlife watering in the Sabie River. Whether you prefer spending your time in the bar doing some passive game viewing from the deck or relaxing with a light meal from Natures Caf? you are assured of time standing still for you to experience it. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served in the Ingwe Restaurant overlooking the Sabie River where you can experience a sumptuous ?African Dining Experience? while sampling an outstanding South African wine in this unique 100-seater restaurant.

Dining Options

  • Wooden Banana Outlet/Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Ngala Restaurant at Skukuza

The restaurant at Skukuza is situated on the banks of the Sabie River. As the biggest Rest Camp in Kruger Park, Skukuza provides an array of exciting activities. Dine in the Ngala Restaurant, taste the African speared meats and traditional vegetables and casserol dishes. Grab a light meal or snack for the kids in our Quick Service Restaurant. At night, let Skukuza take you on an unforgettable traditional braai (barbecue) in the bush, re-connect with nature, and join in a relaxed atmosphere.

This Rest Camp also caters for conferences and weddings at the guesthouses within Skukuza. The Victorian-style 'Selati Grillhouse' has a host of sizzling meals to choose from and is situated on the train platform in Skukuza. Come and see the original train and dine on its platform. The menu offers an array of delicious meals from Calamari to deep fried Haloumi Cheese to start your meal off with and a variety of freshly prepared salads. The main course selection includes open flame char-grilled rumps, ribs, venison steaks and pure ground beef burgers.

Succulent chicken, fish and seafood dishes are also served with your choice of chips, baked potato or our special maize chips. The monthly specials are also ever popular. We encourage you to bring your family along. Children can choose from our Kiddies Platform Menu. A host of carefully selected wines from our wine list will compliment your meal. Skukuza prides itself in the quality, taste and presentation of our food. Visit us at Selati Grillhouse open Weekdays 6pm ?till late and weekends 12pm ?till 3pm and 6pm ?till late.

Dining Options

  • Wooden Banana Outlet/Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Nhlatfu Restaurant at Pretoriuskop

Pretoriuskop is one of the oldest Rest Camps in Kruger Park. It was established in 1929. Pretoriuskop is situated in the southern part of the park and is 9km from the Numbi Gate. The restaurant was built in October 2002 and can seat 120 people. The restaurant takes its name ''Nhlatfu' (meaning Python or large snake) from the large snake mounted on the restaurant wall.

The swimming pool was the first in the Kruger National Park being built in 1956 and set in awesome surroundings. Access to Pretoriuskop is from North, South, East and West and has large sightings of White Rhino, the Sable Antelope also roam down South and are not often spotted as they are very rare. Lichtenstein's Hartebeest are also regularly sighted down here,n also very rare.

Nhlatfu offers its guests a Buffet Breakfast, Lunch menu and a Buffet Dinner. There is also a Quick Service Restaurant. Pretoriuskop also caters for Bush Braais (Bush Barbecues) and Bush Breakfasts on two unique sites. The braai sites are totally unfenced and the wild experience at night is out of this world. Night drives at Pretoriuskop (as in all the Rest Camps) take the guest out to the Bush Braai site and are often enjoyed with regular Leopard sightings. Pretoriuskop also offers Bush Walks and a 4 X 4 trail as well as game drives at daytime.

Dining Options

  • Wooden Banana Outlet/Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Xibejane Restaurant Berg-en-Dal

The Restaurant at Berg-en-Dal is situated in the main complex overlooking the dam. It has large windows allowing the guests to enjoy the view whilst relaxing in the air-conditioned facility. In the evenings, guests may sit outside and enjoy the night sounds in the open fresh air. Berg-en-Dal offers a menu selection and for larger groups also a full buffet menu.

For breakfast, guests can enjoy a full English Breakfast or a Continental Breakfast. There is also the option of light meals from our Quick Service next to the Xibejane Restaurant. In addition to these two facilities, there is also a large boma (outdoor enclosure with fireplace), which can be booked for braais (barbecues), private parties and special events such as weddings and conferences.

Dining Options

  • Wooden Banana Outlet/Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Boma Braai
  • Bush Braai

Tshokwane Picnic Site

When visiting this picnic site you can enjoy freshly prepared and appetizing meals with a variety of quick-to-go meals: sandwiches, sub-rolls, salads, burgers and a must Tshokwane's 'specialty? ? milk tart.

Enjoy an ?African-bush? feel outdoor experience with booked breakfasts and buffet lunches. Tshokwane's Tribal Touch is expressed by a totally unique, rustic curio shop with something for all. Also available is a fully equipped retail store for beverages and snacks. For those hoping to braai (barbecue) Gas Skottel braai's are available for hire.

Nkhulu Picnic Site

Relax in a special part of wild open Africa. Nkuhlu is situated between Skukuza and Lower Sabi and boasts one of the largest numbers of the African Rock Python, Lion and Leopard. Enjoy the tranquility of the great Sabie River and listen to the soothing songs of magnificent birds whilst making use of a host of options on offer: Feast on a variety of juicy flavours available from the Quick Service and quench your thirst from a selection of hot and the shady trees with your family. Gas braais (barbecues) and a wide selection of spices, utensils and other groceries are available from our retail outlet. Indulge in a true African experience and book a bush breakfast, lunch or dinner served underneath the thatchery.

Add a magical touch to your home or choose a gift for someone special from a selection of ancestral hand crafted curios. Enjoy the cleanliness of the facilities and the friendliness of the staff. Your experience at Nkuhlu will be unforgettable.
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