Regal Rail Stay In Kruger National Park, South Africa

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The coronavirus pandemic might be derailing a number of tourism-related projects around the world, but a new luxury hotel in Africa is on track to becoming a most intriguing new property opening.

Kruger Shalati, now under construction, is a train that sits on the historic Selati Bridge in Kruger National Park, in South Africa, one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa. Its 31 newly refurbished Carriage and Bridge House rooms will be permanently stationed on the bridge's disused tracks.

The glass-walled train rooms offer infinite views of the Sabie River beneath and feature decor crafted by local artists. The "property" features a separate dining area and swimming pool -- also on the bridge.

"A perfect combination of Africa’s most breathtaking natural splendours with well-deserved luxuries aboard a newly refurbished train that’s reminiscent of African excellence," the company states on its website. 

Kruger Shalati pays homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago, with the train parked on the exact spot where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s.

An opening date has yet to be announced, given construction is paused due to Covid-19, but CNN Travel reports a DEC 2020 launch.

Only travellers 12 years and older will be permitted to stay at Kruger Shalati, though CNN Travel reports another seven land-based family-friendly Bridge House rooms will be added to the property in early 2022.

The resort's name was inspired by Shalati, an African warrior queen who, according to legend, was one of the first female warrior chiefs of an ancient clan in the area.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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