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The romance of rail

Seven reasons why a stay on the Kruger Shalati should be on your romantic bucket list!

The truly spectacular views from your bedroom … be it one of the two dozen Carriage Suites on the Train on the Bridge or the seven Bridge House Suites, sitting adjacent to the bridge in a picturesque garden setting with the train’s gentle glow as your backdrop. All are opulent, with a hint of the 1920’s rail safari. The views are equally marvelous from the lounge and dining areas and the swimming pools, which overlook the Sabie River … the river flows all year-round, drawing animals and birds that come to quench their thirst.

The fact that you’ll be recreating history. The Kruger Shalati – The Train on
the Bridge, sits on the exact spot where the train would park overnight close to 100 years ago, when visits to the Kruger National Park were first allowed. The refurbished train is permanently stationed on the historically rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River … a unique experience with luxury accommodation and activities reminiscent of days gone by.

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The option of a romantic turndown … with rose petals scattered around the room, a scented bubble bath and a bottle of Moët champagne or Steenburg Brut sparkling wine on ice.

The private bush dinner for two … and the romantic bush picnic. Private dining … à deux or more if you’re travelling with friends, can be arranged … with exceptional food, fine wine … even entertainment if you want to go for the full experience.

The game drives and walks … private if you prefer. There are two game drives a day … morning and afternoon, included in your stay. You can, if you wish, opt for a private game drive on either. There are also exceptionally enjoyable morning safari walks with Sanparks. And you’re in Kruger … you know the game viewing is going to be beyond fantastic!

The spa journey in the heart of the bush. An African Goddess facial, or hot stone massage, or the 75 minute Shalati Honeymoon Celebration … in your room or on the deck. Bliss!

The extras. The heli flips and community tours and games of golf which can be arranged. The three swimming pools and the pre-game drive high teas and the staff, who go the extra mile. A bucket list trip indeed!

The deets … Rates, from R5890 per person, include accommodation, all meals, teas and coffees, daily soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers. It also includes two game drives daily in open game drive vehicles. There is also a complementary return road transfers between the Skukuza Airport and the lodge. All extras – like the private dinners and spa treatments and romantic turndowns – are optional and charged separately. Details: krugershalati.com


Compiled by: Kym Argo

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