Closest Airports and best flight times for your Kruger Park Safari

Kruger Park safari airport

If you are planning a Kruger Park Safari and you would prefer to fly from Johannesburg, instead of taking a road trip tour, you are reading the right article.

There are 3 basic airports in and around Kruger National Park:

  • Skukuza Airport inside Kruger National Park
  • KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) / MQP and
  • Eastgate Airport / Hoedspruit Airport

Depending on which Kruger Park Safari you choose, you can book flights accordingly. Please first confirm with your travel experience designer about flights and times, as each safari has different inclusions and exclusions.

The tables below indicate which airport to book depending on your choice of safari accommodation. You might however choose to book an airport such as KMIA, since it is know to be less costly, there is however a 2 hour drive to the Kruger Park. 

Which airport to choose for your Kruger Park safari:
Going to:Skukuza AirportEastgate AirportKMIA Airport
Greater Kruger Luxury Lodges close to Hoedspruitx
Sabi Sand Lodgesx
Rest Camps inside the Kruger National Park such as Skukuzax
Staying close to Kruger National Park (areas such as Hazyview or White River)x
Airport pickup time and one-way airport pickup costs for your Kruger Park safari:
Skukuza AirportEastgate AirportKMIA Airport
General pickup time for guests joining a safariAny time of dayAny time of dayApproxamately between 13:00 – 14:00
Cost of transfers from the airportThere is no cost involved if you are staying inside the Kruger Park, but if you stay in Sabi Sands there is a pickup feeUsually at no additional charge, but there can be small transfer fees, depending on the chosen lodgeUsually a small transfer fee of approximately R400 to take a shuttle to Skukuza

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