​Getting There – Kruger NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Most visitors to Kruger National Park fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), near Johannesburg. It is also possible to fly directly from Germany to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP), 40km/25mi from southern Kruger’s Numbi Gate.

Kruger is a popular self-drive destination. You can hire a car in O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and drive straight to the park. Kruger has nine entrance gates, the closest of which is Numbi Gate, 375km/235mi from the airport. The drive to Numbi Gate takes 4 to 5 hours*.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

On arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), near Johannesburg, you can take a connecting flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). Alternatively, you can fly to Hoedspruit (for central and northern Kruger) or Phalaborwa (for northern Kruger).

It is also possible to take a scheduled flight to Skukuza Airport (SZK) inside the park, and Federal Airlines offers scheduled flights to some of the lodges’ airstrips. Charter flights to Skukuza or any of the lodges’ airstrips are also available.

Scheduled domestic flights can be booked with several carriers:

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – South Africa page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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