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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:15 pm 
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Hi All,

I would also like to know what the situation is for transferring arriving guests from the airport to Skukuza rest camp. I am arriving into Skukuza airport on 30th October next year and I will be looking to rent a car from Avis to drive to Lower Sabie where I am booked in.

Does any fellow mite know any more info in addition to the links above. The SA airlink site doesn't really give much away either :roll:

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Just a question.. How large will these planes be? If coming from CT or JHB they must be a fair size and I was just wondering about the sound polution ??


@ Hugh, the planes operated on this route are Embraer ERJ135's, a 37 seat small regional jet plane.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:16 pm 
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bert wrote:
Saw that you can book flights next year to skukuza
My thoughts on this:
Imo not needed. Nelspruit is near enough
I have to agree bert :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:45 pm 
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bert wrote:
Imo not needed. Nelspruit is near enough
Couldn't disagree more. Closing Skukuza was a big mistake, I'm glad it is finally being reopened to scheduled flights. I used to fly in and out all the time. Within a minute of exiting the airport you would be on a game drive. Compare that to KMIA. It is fortunate that Skukuza remained open to charters, so I could still use it from time to time.

KMIA is only located where it is because they could find nowhere else flat enough to build that runway, which has proven to be far longer than needed. The airport is the biggest white elephant south of the Sahara. Passenger numbers are low and falling, the reopening of Skukuza will only reinforce that trend.

Tourists, tour operators and travel agents all understand the value of flying passesngers directly to where they want to go, instead of to a place called Primkop, which is 50 to 100 kilometers away from anything remotely of interest.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:00 pm 
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"Fedair has resumed its service from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, to Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National Park.

This follows the reopening of the airport, which closed last month for renovations.

Fedair offers two daily return flights, servicing private game lodges that make use of the Skukuza airstrip.

Airlink announced last year that it would launch direct flights to Skukuza from Cape Town and Johannesburg in June.
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Source: http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/NewsDetails.aspx?newsId=71637

For those of you who think this is such a bad idea: Comair used to serve Skukuza with two daily commercial flights from JNB for many many years. It wasn't the end of the world, not even of the KNP. In fact, the disturbance was minimal, I doubt many people even noticed.

For those of you flying in and renting a car: Avis used to have offices both at Skukuza and the airport. If the latter does not reopen, I'm sure you will be met by a representive and given your vehicle at the airport. Other rental companies will no doubt drop off and pick up cars too. When I rented from others than Avis, I would upon departure just leave the unlocked car at the airport with the keys inside. That worked well then, but it is probably no longer a good idea. Not even in Kruger!

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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It would be a huge help for us, after traveling and not sleeping for 49 hours to get to Kruger the last thing we want to do is add on an hour drive from KMIA to the gate.


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:22 am 
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Stark wrote:
It also means I get to spend my last day in the park without having to rush out.
Exactly.

I used to take a leisurely morning drive from wherever I was staying down to Skukuza, stop briefly at camp for a bite to eat or so, and then drive to the airport early afternoon to catch my flight to JNB.

I recall leaving Satara as the gates opened one drizzly Saturday. I was first car down the road, and as I passed Tshokwane a guy in a rainsuit jumped out from behind a bush and flagged me down. He wanted to visit the Skukuza post office and needed a ride. Sure, no problem. As soon as I had agreed, half a dozen friends of his popped out from the bushes, they also wanted to "visit the post office". That post office was about to experience its busiest Saturday in years! I was driving a Toyota Venture (yeah, this was years ago), so had no problems squeezing them all in. I did emphasize that I would be driving at game drive speed, not racing to camp. That was fine with them, and it turned out they were absolutely delighted at each and every sighting. We saw lots of lions, cheetahs at Olifantsdrinkgat, etc. These people all worked at Tshokwane, some of them had been there for many years, yet it was like they were on their first game drive ever. We had lots of fun.

That was not the only time I've noticed that hitchhiking Kruger staff enjoy the game viewing. Many of them spend all their time within the confines of the camp where they work, and see people, not animals. The shuttle bus that takes them to and from work drives at breakneck speed and stops for nothing, so their opportunities for game viewing are less than minimal.

Back to Skukuza airport. Another advantage that should not be underestimated is what happens if your incoming flight is delayed. That will hopefully not happen often, but if it does you will still arrive inside the park. If you are late arriving at KMIA or Hoedspruit, you are faced with the problem of racing for the gate. This gate may be closed by the time you arrive, or there may no longer be sufficient time to get to the camp where you have booked your first night’s stay. If you arrive at Skukuza you are automatically in, and your transfer or vehicle will be waiting for you.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:14 pm 
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"The runway at Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National Park has reopened while the new terminal building, currently under construction, is on track, Airlink has advised.

Rodger Foster, Airlink’s CEO, told Tourism Update the new terminal would be completed in time for the ceremonial opening on June 2 when Airlink will launch services to Skukuza from Cape Town International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. The Airlink scheduled services will replace current charter services between OR T ambo and Skukuza, Foster added.

According to Foster, the daily number of flights into and from Skukuza will be limited and strictly controlled. “All future charter operations at Skukuza will require prior authorisation by Skukuza Airport Management Company, which will not be granted without indemnification and written undertaking to comply with requisite operational procedures and standards for safety and environmental considerations,” he said.

Once the new terminal was open and Airlink’s services were in place, lodge transfers would primarily be by road to the lodges within proximity of Skukuza airport, while air transfers would be offered by Federal Airlines to lodges further away, said Foster.
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Source: http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/NewsDetails.aspx?newsId=71706

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:02 am 
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I must admit, it sounds rather attractive; flying in to Skukuza, have your car ready and waiting, you are in the park and off you go! Maybe one day when I win the lotto I could afford it!
Right now I can book a return flight to Europe for less than a return flight from Cape Town to Skukuza.
(but then the direct flights to Kruger-Mpumalanga are also quite pricey!).
Maybe one day....... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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I looked at the SAA website yesterday and searched Adelaide to Skukuza return in November and got a very good price! :dance: Booked a little car with Avis listed as pick up for Skukuza reception.

November solo trip organised.

I admit that I've done a turn around regarding the airport. For me now, embarking on my first solo KNP trip, the ability to fly direct into the park and have the car right there is really exciting. And the flight costs are cheaper than our usual flights to Phalaborwa. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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I tried to look online to get an idea of the costs of flights, but couldn't find anything on their website :hmz:

How did you book?


Hi Yoda,

I booked via the SAA website. The flights cost me 1456ZAR per person

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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fuzzy wrote:
Hi Welsh_ash.

I've just looked at prices from OR Tambo to Skukuza return & the cheapest I could find was R2938 per person inc taxes.

Was your flight return or one way ?

Would love to fly in to save time but not at those prices as for 2 of us it would be R 5876.00
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Was going to be my question as well. The cheapest return ticket from Cape Town to Skukuza is just short of R 5600.

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It might depend on the month and the week day you choose. Also, how many seats are already booked out. There are always varying prices of seats on any flight in economy.

When I searched for OR Tambo-Skukuza the other day I remember it being around $150 (Australian one way) or R1500ish. Which was actually cheaper than I expected.

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Also I find booking through-flights on one ticket/booking is usually cheaper than the individual legs separately.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:59 pm 
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If you are wanting to search SAA flights to Skukuza from OR Tambo only and you are from outside South Africa you have to choose South Africa on the very first page of the http://www.flysaa.co.za website when it asks for your location. If, for example, I choose Australia (as that is my location) it will not give me the option of subsequently searching for that particular flight. If I put in South Africa as my location I can then do the search.
A random search for a return flight in July/August OR Tambo to Skukuza just came up with R2983.

If I want to search for a flight such as the one I want to undertake later in the year....Adelaide - JB - Skukuza return, then on the first page when asked for location I put in Australia and I will be able to do that search as I am not looking at RSA domestic flights but an international flight originating in Oz and ending in Skukuza.

Hope this helps. As saraf said; buying all flights on one ticket can work out cheaper and in my case that proved so. It also gives peace of mind for onward connections should there be any delays between flights.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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WELSH_ASH wrote:
Thanks Johan.

My car is booked for Avis ready for my arrival into Skukuza airport on 30th October :D

Counting down the days already.....


So Avis will have their cars available from Skukuza Airport? I wasn't sure if this would be the case or if you would have to make your own way to Skukuza camp to pick your car up from there?


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