Kruger National Park
The 2019 Species on the Move Conference will be held in Kruger National Park in north-eastern South Africa. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Kruger National Park has 21 rest camps and 15 private safari lodges. All the Big Five game animals (Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, Cape Buffalo) are found in Kruger National Park, which has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species).
Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre
Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre
Skukuza Rest Camp
Kruger National Park
The Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre is in Skukuza, the largest rest camp and administrative centre for Kruger National Park. The rest camp is situated in the southern part of the park on the bank of the Sabie river.
Travelling in South Africa
Kruger National Park is considered safe for travellers. In the park you will meet tourists or staff working for the tour operators, accommodations or park authorities. Skukuza rest camp is fenced and gated, so you can walk to and from the conference centre, accommodation and restaurant.
If you wish to see other parts of South Africa, foreign governments typically advise travellers to pay closer attention to personal security than they may in other countries, particularly in the larger cities. Safe travel could include:
- Staying in well-known hotels
- Organising transfers to and from the airport via your hotel rather than public transport
- If dining out, checking the restaurant provides transfers to and from your hotel
- Using organised excursions for sightseeing
- Not walking anywhere that is isolated or after dark
Travelling with Children
New requirements, introduced by the South African Department of Home Affairs from 1 June 2015, specify that all minors (children under 18 years) are required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate which shows the details of both parents for all international travel to and from South Africa. Further documentation may be required.
For full details please visit the SA Department of Home Affairs Website.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Kruger National Park lies in a malaria zone and there is an elevated risk during the wet summer months from October to April. The conference is being held in the dry season but you should consult your travel doctor for current advice regarding antimalarial medication and vaccinations for travel to Kruger National Park and South Africa.
Getting to Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park
Flights to Skukuza
Attendees can fly directly into KNP to the Skukuza Airport, which has direct flights from O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and Cape Town International Airport. Many flights from Australia, Europe and the US arrive in the early morning to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport allowing a connection directly to Skukuza Airport in Kruger National Park.
If you need to overnight, there are hotels within the airport and connected directly to the arrivals and departures lounges (City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo Airport, InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport).
Transfers from/to Skukuza Airport
The Skukuza Airport is 9 minutes from the camp. For delegates staying in Skukuza Rest Camp, the conference will organise transfers from Skukuza Airport to the Camp to meet arriving flights on Sunday and Monday. We will also arrange transfer back to the airport on Friday and Saturday.
Delegates staying elsewhere should arrange transfer directly with their hotel.
Car Hire at Skukuza
There are Avis car hire counters at the Skukuza airport and at reception in the camp. Book online https://www.avis.co.za or phone using the numbers below.
Skukuza Airport Phone +27 13 735 5343; Skukuza Camp Reception Area Phone+27 13 735 5651
Driving to Kruger / Skukuza
The trip from Johannesburg is 4.5 hours and you enter the park via the Paul Kruger Gate, which is 20 minutes from Skukuza rest camp. All park gates close at 5.30pm; however, you must arrive at the Paul Kruger Gate by 4.30pm to be in Skukuza by 5.30pm.
Transfers from/to OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg
We will provide some suggested booking contacts for transfers from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg to Skukuza shortly.
Park Entry Times
KNP is fenced around the outside of the park. During the month of July, entry and exit to the park is between 6.00am and 5.30pm. When you reach a gate you need to have sufficient travel time to reach your camp by 5.30pm. The closest gate to Skukuza is the Paul Kruger Gate, which is 20 minutes from Skukuza rest camp. You will not be allowed to enter the gate if there is not sufficient time for you to travel to the camp.
Park Entry and Conservation Fees
Fees are charged per day of visit. Children are up to 11 years of age.
Registered Conference Attendees: We have been advised by SAN Parks that registered conference attendees staying in the Skukuza Camp will not be charged the entry and conservation fee for the days of the conference (Tuesday to Friday). You will be charged for additional days and for accompanying persons and family members when you check in at the conference centre.
Attendees staying outside the park will not be charged when entering to attend the conference (Tuesday to Friday). You will be charged for additional days and for accompanying persons and family members when you enter the park.
Reservation Number: Attendees will need to quote the conference reservation number when entering, which will be emailed prior to the conference.
|S.A. Citizens & Residents with ID||SADC Nationals with Passport||International Guests|
Flights to/from Skukuza
|Departing||Departure Time||Arriving||Arrival Time|
Flights to South Africa
|Departing City||Flight Time to:||Time Difference in South Africa|
|Sydney, AUS||14hr 5min||18hr||– 8hr|
|Perth, AUS||11hr 10min||15hr 30min||– 6hr|
|Auckland, NZ||19hr 35min||23hr 30min||-10hr|
|New York, USA||14hr, 50min||18hr 40min||+ 6hr|
|London, GBR||11hr||11hr 30min||+ 1hr|
|Frankfurt, DEU||10hr 30min||11hr 45min||+/- 0hr|
|Doha, QAT||8hr 50min||10hr 15min||– 1 hr|