Kruger Shalati The Train on the Bridge sits high above the Sabie River in South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park within the Mpumalanga Province.
Stationed on the disused Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati stands as the most unique accommodation within the Kruger National Park to date.
Re-envisioned within an old, restored train, it pays homage to khaki-clad travellers who ventured into the reserve back in the day via rail. Thinking back to the time of James Stevenson-Hamilton (the original warden of the reserve), travelling into this wilderness wonderland in the early 1920s would entail an overnight stay in the exact place where the hotel is currently located.
Consisting of 31 rooms (24 carriage rooms and 7 in the nearby Bridge House), this luxury locomotive is tailored for all-out opulence and immersive comfort. To make the most of the plummeting views, there’s a dedicated viewing deck and a swimming pool jutting out beyond the train tracks. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows add to the visceral experience.
Paying homage to a bygone era, everything about this exquisite train-hotel is unparalleled and enchanting. It’s an experience that die-hard adventurers and dreamers cannot compare to anything else.