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In Kruger National Park, plans for a hotel on a train -- on a bridge

A rendering of the pool deck at the Kruger Shalati Train on a Bridge. The hotel is scheduled to debut in December.
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The Thebe Tourism Group, a black-owned and -operated South African tourism group, will be opening a luxury hotel aboard a stationary train, the Kruger Shalati Train on a Bridge, in Kruger National Park in December.

This luxury experience incorporates the iconic Selati railway bridge at Skukuza Camp, where the park's first warden, James Steven-Hamilton, welcomed visitors nearly 100 years ago. At the time, guests would retire to the train in the evenings before it moved to the next part of its journey.

The new property is the result of the restoration and upgrading of a train that will permanently rest on the original tracks running across the bridge, high above the waters of the Sabie River. It will have 24 ensuite rooms and seven land-based rooms in what they call the Kruger Shalati Bridge House providing a high-star rated luxury experience accompanied by fine dining and other leisure activities onsite.

"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. 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," said Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Tourism Group.

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