The corresponding recipe could be as follows: Take a disused train composition, a railway bridge that is no longer needed, invite resourceful architect, look for a financier and the luxury hotel is ready. The unconventional resort is called Kruger Shalati, is located in the Kruger National Park in South Africa and spans the Sabie River.
A homage to the history of the Kruger National Park and the African railway history
On the website of the luxury hotel it says about this extraordinary project that Kruger Shalati is more than a train on the bridge. It is rather one of the most anticipated and exciting new offers in the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is a perfect combination of Africa’s breathtaking natural beauty with well-earned luxury aboard a newly renovated train that evokes African excellence.
Kruger Shalati, permanently stationed on the historic Selati Bridge over the Sabie River, is a unique luxury accommodation in a newly designed train, and at the same time a homage to the guests who explored the park by train almost 100 years ago. For the train will stop where it was parked overnight with the first visitors to Kruger Park in the early 1920s.
A Luxury Hotel with 31 rooms
The offer includes 31 rooms, consisting of 24 carriage rooms and 7 rooms in the Bridge House, all of which offer a deep experience and are designed for comprehensive comfort. The hotel is the ideal stopover, whether you are looking for a unique adventure, a captivating break or simply to immerse yourself into the most beautiful creations on earth.
The glass-walled, large train rooms allow infinite views along the majestic Sabie River, while the style of the train is a celebration of African design in collaboration with local arts and crafts. High above the river banks, facing the train’s floor level, is a custom-designed deck and pool offering a bathing experience like no other – with crocodiles, hippos, buffalos and elephants, metres below them in the Sabie River, of course.