Exit permit
On entrance to the Kruger National Park you will receive an “Entry permit”. Before finally exiting the Park you need to get an “Exit permit” from the Camp Reception office. It is advisable that you obtain the “Exit permit” the afternoon before departure. Please be aware of the relevant office hours of the Camp Reception. Please noteyou will not be allowed to exit the Park gates if you are not in possession of an “Exit permit”.

There are numerous transport options available to guests for travel to and from Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park.

Recommended – By Air
Airlink operates daily scheduled flights between Johannesburg, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town to the Skukuza Airport, located a short distance from the Skukuza Rest Camp. Shuttle services would need to be pre-arranged from both airports. Book flights

Daily flights available:

  • OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg – Skukuza Airport @ 10:00am
  • Cape Town International Airport – Skukuza Airport @ 10:35am
  • Skukuza Airport – OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg @ 11:20am
  • Skukuza Airport – Cape Town International Airport @13:20pm

Transfers from Skukuza Airport
The Skukuza Airport Management Company appointed Avis as the car hire service provider at Skukuza Airport providing car hire and point-to-point shuttle service between Skukuza Airport and Skukuza Main Camp.

Not only will Avis provide pre-booked vehicles for collection at the Skukuza Airport for guests arriving on Airlink’s schedule flights direct from Johannesburg and Cape Town, but they will also offer a shuttle service to the main Skukuza Camp. Avis has a well-established infrastructure at the Skukuza Camp having provided car hire facilities to the visitors to the Park for many years. The opportunity to fly directly into the Kruger Park, hire a car and immediately begin your game drive as you exit the airport is unique. Shuttle services are R295 per person, one way and must be pre-booked.

To book a shuttle service to the main camp, click here. To book a rental car for self-drive option, click here

Self-Drive/By Road – Paul Kruger Gate 

One of the beautiful things about the Kruger National Park is its access. Let’s start with road infrastructure. If you are Self-driving or going by private transfer or shuttle, there are decent and well maintained roads into the Park. The N4 Main highway is managed with toll gates so expect to pay to have access if self driving. If you are self driving from Johannesburg you should carry at least R300 per way. The distance from Johannesburg is roughly 475km and should take 5hr30min hours with a stop. We recommend stoping at either Alzu Petro-Port or Milly’s Petro-Port. Flights from Johannesburg fly into both KMIA Airport as well as Skukuza and Hoedspruit were we will then collect and transfer our guests to their accommodation. These are quick flights taking 45min to 1hr in duration. As part of our Safari Packages we do accommodate Self-drives but prefer to include and manage your Private Transfer or Shuttles services from Johannesburg CBD OR Tambo Airport or locally from KMIA Airport or Skukuza Airport. If we are not personally doing it we had tried and tested relationships that ensure a safe and comfortable journey with the most reputable service providers.

From OR Tambo Airport:

  • Take Jones Rd and get on the R21 in Jet Park, Boksburg
  • Follow N12 and N4 (the N4 heads towards Mbombela (also known as Nelspruit)) to R36 in Mpumalanga Province. Exit from N4/R36
  • Take theR539 to the N4.
  • Follow the N4. Exit from N4
  • Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River.
  • From Hazyview, take the R536 to the Kruger gate.
  • Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the total trip (OR Tambo airport to Kruger gate).
  • Skukuza Camp is 12 km away from the Kruger Gate. Allow about 30 minutes for the drive to the camp.

Transfers from OR Tambo International Airport to Skukuza
Transfers from and to OR Tambo can be booked online with EZ Shuttles. Book here.


  • The booking reservation code is R8454502 and must be presented to security personnel at the entrance gate;
  • Proof of identity, identity document. (ID), passport or alternative valid identification e.g. driver’s license card is required for scanning upon entering/exiting the Park
  • On arrival at Skukuza camp, please proceed to the Congress Venue Reception to collect your room key.
  • Collect an exit permit at the Congress Venue the day before departure – you will not be able to exit the park without the exit permit.

Transfers from OR Tambo International Airport
Transfers from and to OR Tambo can be boked directly with EZ Shuttles. Book Here.

Park and Camp gate times

*  Park Entrance Gates Open @ 06h00
*  Camp Gates Open @ 06h00
** All Gates Close @ 18h00#
Late arrivals are allowed for emergencies only and are subject to the following conditions:
    – An additional cost per vehicle will be charged
    – Late arrival must be arranged in advance with the gate
    – Evidence for late arrival must be provided
    – Guests must have pre-booked accommodation at camps that are within 10km distance from relevant gate
    – Arrangements for late arrival after 21:00 will not be permitted
    – Under no circumstances are late arrivals allowed at the following gates: Pafuri, Phalaborwa, Giriyondo & Phabeni.784