The Selati Station Grillhouse is the most interesting place to dine at in Kruger National Park!
The restaurant is set on a railway station platform on the edge of Skukuza Rest Camp. The line to the station doesn’t run anymore, but the platform is still adorned with signboards indicating which platform to take which train to and the distance of the journey.
The train used to run to major cities in South Africa and was one of the first ways of bringing tourists to the park, as far back as 1926.
To enter the Skukuza train station, you’ll come in through a waiting room dressed up in period furniture.
Permanently parked at the platform is one of the Selati Express train steam engines with carriages. Travelling to Kruger National Park by train was one of the original ways for tourists to access the game reserve. At the time, the only other way to access the park was on wagon tracks.
The locomotive at the station was built in 1949 and retired in 1978, the same year it was presented to South African National Parks. You can look inside the train’s engine room and see all the dials and steam gauges.
One of the attached carriages appears in its original condition. At another, you can buy drinks from its bar and drink them on the train.
On the menu is a standard range of items with something for everyone. The food is nice, but it’s not spectacular. What makes for a really enjoyable meal is just being at the restaurant soaking up the atmosphere.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. You can book a table there, but on most occasions you shouldn’t need to.
If you are staying at Skukuza or even visiting during lunch time, we’d highly recommend visiting the grillhouse for a great taste of nostalgia!