2019 Travel

Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre

Kruger National Park Website

The 2019 Species on the Move Conference will be held in Kruger National Park in north-eastern South Africa. 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. The centre can accommodate up to 400 people and Skukuza has a range of accommodation options, including camps, huts and a hotel.

Kruger National Park is considered safe for travellers – all the people you’ll meet are either 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.

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).

Flights to Skukuza

Attendees are able to fly directly into Kruger National Park from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. 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).

Getting to Kruger National Park

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. The Skukuza Aerodrome is 9 minutes from the camp and transfers will be provided.

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.

Park Entry

KNP is fenced and park entry and exit is between 6am and 5.30 pm. However, 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.

Flights to South Africa

Departing City Flight Time to: Time Difference in South Africa
Johannesburg Cape Town
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

Flights to/from Skukuza

The following flights occur daily to and from Skukuza Airport, travelling with South African Airlines.

Departing  Departure Time Arriving Arrival Time
Johannesburg 10.00am Skukuza 10.50am
Johannesburg 1.20pm Skukuza 2.10pm
Cape Town 10.35am Skukuza 1.05pm
Skukuza 1.30pm Johannesburg 2.35pm
Skukuza 2.50pm Johannesburg 3.50pm
Skukuza 11.20am Cape Town 1.55pm

Travelling in South Africa

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

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.