Kruger National Park, Skukuza Camp

28 MAY – 3 JUNE 2017

Kruger National Park, Skukuza Camp

28 MAY – 3 JUNE 2017

Kruger National Park, Skukuza Camp

28 MAY – 3 JUNE 2017

Kruger National Park, Skukuza Camp

28 MAY – 3 JUNE 2017

TRAVELLING TO SKUKUZA

FLYING OR DRIVING GENERAL INFORMATION
Just for those who need to start booking flights.  The cheapest way is usually via Dubai to OR Tambo - but I think you have a waiting period which I do not enjoy.  From OR Tambo you can either take a direct flight into the Kruger Park and you will land 5 mins drive from the Camp.  It is fantastic to fly in since you see so many animals.  There are 2 flights a day and it takes 45 min.  It is a bit costly and will add to your air ticket costs but time wise it is great.

One alternative option we have brought in at our cost is to offer our scientific committee and speakers who do not have enough funds to fly in to OR Tambo.  The committee can come and fetch them and they can then drive with us to the Park (4 hrs drive) Pretoria University is 40 min from the airport.  The trip to the Park is lovely it takes you through the most amazing parts of our country and you may even have time to visit our campus.  It is pristine and huge (70 000 students).

FLYING DIRECTLY INTO THE PARK
Delegates can travel to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga on scheduled flights via SA Airlink - www.flyairlink.com/

The airline operate this route with both 37 seater aircrafts and 83 seater aircrafts.  The airport is 15 min from the camp and it is an amazing airstrip -  you see the elephants and all the animals as you fly in (a 30 min flight from OR Tambo our International airport) - at a reasonable cost (from R3800.00 return in Sept 2016).

The option of a chartered flight has been investigated, but it very expensive with high risk factors.

TAKING A ROAD TRIP
For the more adventurous traveller who would like to plan a road trip to Skukuza, it is a wonderful 5 – 6 hour journey from Johannesburg or Pretoria and well worth it with several interesting towns you can visit and breathtaking nature along the way.  Please bear in mind that there are road upgrades in areas and take care when travelling.

Please note the following if you choose to drive to the Kruger Park:

  • VERY IMPORTANT:
    • Since entrance gates and rest camp gates are closed at night, allow sufficient time to ensure timeous arrival at your rest camp.
    • Gates open at 6:00 and close at 17:30
    • Due to poor road conditions and repairs taking place on the R538 (between White River, Numbi Gate and Hazyview), guests are advised to avoid this road and Numbi Gate. The R40 (leading directly from White River to Hazyview) is recommended as it has recently been repaired and guests can access or exit the Park via the Phabeni or Kruger gates.

Johannesburg to Paul Kruger Gate: Quickets route:

  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit
  • Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River
  • From Hazyview, take the R536 to the gate
  • Allow for about a 6½ hour trip from Johannesburg to Paul Kruger Gate
  • Skukuza camp is 12 km away from the gate. Allow for about a 30 min drive until you get into camp.

Johannesburg to Phabeni Gate: Game drive route:

  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit
  • Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River
  • From Hazyview, take the R536 to the gate
  • Phabeni Gate is approximately 10 km from Hazyview
  • Allow for about a 6 hour trip to Phabeni Gate
  • Skukuza rest camp is 39 km from the gate. Allow about 1¾ of an hour for the drive to the camp.

GPS Coordinates:

Skukuza Rest camp: S 24 59' 43" : E 31 35' 34"

Below are links to websites and Twitter feeds that will provide you with information regarding national road conditions, for your convenience.

Websites:

  • www.tracn4.co.za - For visitors travelling to the Kruger National Park via the N4 Toll Route.
  • www.aa.co.za - AA road conditions information.
  • www.nra.co.za - The South African National Roads Agency road and traffic information.

Twitter Feeds:

  • @netstartraffic - Provides traffic information on Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town.
  • @TomTom_SA - Road/traffic information and updates, provided by TomTom SA.
  • @N3Route - The N3 Toll Route from Cedara (Hilton) to Heidelberg, SA. Traffic updates, road safety and more.
  • @TRACN4route - TRAC operates the N4 toll route between Pretoria in SA and Maputo in Mozambique. For help, info and traffic updates.
  • @EWNTraffic - Eyewitness News' traffic feed (Gauteng).
  • @itrafficgp - SANRAL traffic updates (Gauteng)

SYMPOSIUM TRANSPORT BY BUS
This option is being investigated and may be available subject to interest.  It will be a cheaper but longer drive (+- 7 hours) and will cost R3200 return subject to a minimum of four (4) persons.  Better rates can be offered to larger groups.