This page contains collections of lodges that can be reached from local airports in a reasonable time and are suited to fly-in safaris. Skukuza and Hoedspruit airports are in or adjacent to reserves, so open vehicle game viewing may be part of your transfer. Explore the airports for Kruger and its private reserves for more details.
Kruger lodges with airstrips
Some lodges have airstrips for the ultimate fly-in experience. Federal Air offers regular direct flights to a few from Johannesburg as well as daily short hop flights to more from KMIA. Airlink's Lodge Link operates a limited air shuttle service from both KMIA and Skukuza. Private charters are available.
60 mins fr Skukuza apt
Skukuza is the airport for south Kruger and much of Sabi Sand. Some southern lodges transfer avoiding SANParks gates & fees, using back routes to provide ideal fly-in ease for short trips. Airlink owned, Avis-monopolised for car hire, and with fewer lodge shuttles and destinations, if these suit, it beats KMIA for convenience.
60 mins fr Hoedspruit apt
Your mainline airport for close-by private Timbavati, Klaserie, & Balule reserves, and Blyde Canyon, Hoedspruit's Eastgate also offers public Kruger access via Orpen (70km, 60 minutes). It is the closest airport (90 mins) to Gowrie gate for Sabi Sand north or neighbouring Manyeleti. Kapama is on the airport's doorstep. 3x Johannesburg & 2x Capetown daily flights.
60 mins fr Phalaborwa apt
Phalaborwa airport is two kilometres from the gate to the Kruger. Car hire makes access to the less busy central Kruger easy. Johannesburg flights late on four days of the week make it convenient for transfers for later international arrivals in the capital. Daily morning flights to/from JNB.
120 mins fr KMIA (MQP)
KMIA is a fair distance from Kruger gates but has more flights serving more destinations than other local airports, including Durban and Mozambique. A lodge-hopper services Sabi Sand and Timbavati lodges. Low cost airlines operate from time to time. Car rental and long term parking. Bar, restaurant and a wide range of shops.