Inside The Train That Was Transformed Into A Luxury South African Hotel
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Inside The Train That Was Transformed Into A Luxury South African Hotel

South Africa
Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite May 13, 2020

There’s a hotel opening in South Africa that is gearing up to be one of the most stunning openings of 2020.

Inside South Africa’s Kruger National Park, a set of restored train carriages that will house 31 luxury rooms positioned on top of the Selati Bridge will give guests the best views of nature and local wildlife.

Permanently stationed above the Sabie River, the Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge pays homage to the first tourists that came to Kruger in the early 1920s, when the train would park overnight on the same spot where the Kruger Shalati will be positioned.

The hotel chain teased beautiful photos of the accommodation under construction.

“Even though we’re experiencing a nationwide lockdown, the excitement of the outdoors grows stronger and stronger,” they wrote on Instagram. “We’re looking forward to heading back to construction on the Kruger Shalati Train on a Bridge and experiencing the beauty of its surroundings.”

The recent images posted on Instagram revealed the contemporary design from inside the first carriage on the bridge.

Of the total 31 guest rooms, 24 are expected to carriage rooms and seven will be bridge house rooms that span the length of the bridge.

Each one will have access to a terrace and pool, plus incredible views of hippos and elephants frolicking in the Sabie River below, as reported in Departure.

“The Kruger Shalati Train on a Bridge takes people back to a long-lost time and makes them feel part of the history of the Park,” said Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Tourism Group, owners of Kruger Shalati. “It gives a truly memorable glimpse into those early days of the Kruger where the untamed African spirit reigned supreme. We are looking forward to taking our guests on an equally exciting journey that is not available anywhere else in the world.”

Kruger National Park became South Africa’s first national park in 1926 and is one of the largest in the world. Along with the “big five” (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo), the park is home to 147 mammal species, more than any other African game reserve.

Construction has temporarily paused due to the global pandemic but management is hoping for an opening in November or December 2020.