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Kruger National Park

How to get there

Many visitors to Kruger are self-drive visitors. At the same time however many people (particularly internationals) chose to fly to the park’s periphery and then hire a vehicle.

Air

There are daily flights from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa Airport, Hoedspruit Airport and the new Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) located between Nelspruit and White River. KMIA also receives daily flights from Durban and Cape Town, while there is also a flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit. The Skukuza Airfield, formerly used for daily commercial flights from Johannesburg is no longer open for commercial flights. No aircraft may land at Skukuza or any other landing strip within the park without prior permission from the Park Director.

Bus shuttle

Private Connections (a private company) operates this shuttle service between Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to Kruger National Park. The contact details are:

Heather Dornan
Office Tel.: (013) 750 2435
Cell: 072 245 4677
E-mail: heather@pctours.co.za

The trip takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. It is recommended that the shuttle should be booked with Heather.

Car Hire

Car hire at KMIA, Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports and at Skukuza Camp itself or from all major towns in South Africa. South African National Parks endorses Avis Car Rental. You can also e-mail them at avisskukuza@avis.co.za

Coaches

A number of coach tours are available of varying degrees of luxury. Transport companies, often in conjunction with tour operators/travel agents, facilitate these.

Packaged Tours

Various Tour Operators offer packaged tours to our parks and camps. Visit our links page.

Entrance Gates

There are nine entrance gates to Kruger, namely (anti-clockwise from the north):

  • Pafuri
  • Punda Maria
  • Phalaborwa
  • Orpen
  • Paul Kruger
  • Phabeni
  • Numbi
  • Malelane, and
  • Crocodile Bridge.

National access roads to all nine entrance gates are tarred. Distances from Johannesburg to each gate are given in a next document. Since entrance gates and restcamp gates are closed at night, allow sufficient travelling time to ensure timeous arrival at your restcamp. (Complete list of distances between camps)

Giriyondo Access Point

Giriyondo Access Facility between South Africa and Mozambique is operational. Please read here for additional information.

Late Entry

Latecomers at entrance gates will be refused entry, whilst offenders at rest camps will be warned and fined if they are repeat offenders.

Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:

  • Paul Kruger (Skukuza)
  • Numbi (Pretoriuskop)
  • Malelane (Berg-en-Dal and Malelane)
  • Crocodile Bridge gate (Crocodile Bridge Camp)
  • Punda Maria gate (Punda Maria Camp)
  • Orpen gate (Orpen Camp)
  • No late admission at Phabeni, Phalaborwa and Pafuri

Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R150,00 per vehicle.

Internal Road Network

Tourist roads in the park are either tarred, or good gravel roads; speed limit: 50 km/h on tarred roads, 40 km/h on gravel roads and 20 km/h in restcamps. An average speed of 30 km/h on tourist roads is recommended for maximum safety and game-viewing enjoyment.

Vehicle Restrictions

Motorcycles and vehicles with an axle load exceeding 8000 kg are not permitted. Caravan and trailers as well as coaches and buses are restricted to the tar roads. Open vehicles are permitted only if the driver is in possession of a valid permit and such vehicles have a covered canopy so that human shapes do not break the shape of the vehicle. Such permits are available at Skukuza on 013 735 4000 and inquire after open vehicle permits


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Did You Know?

  • There are numerous examples of San Art scattered throughout the park.

KNP Emergency Hotline

  • Report rule breakers and other incidents to KNP's Emergency Call Centre on 013 735 4325

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