Skukuza Airport is an airport that serves Kruger National Park, and is located in Skukuza, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves within Africa, while Skukuza is the largest camp within Kruger Park. The Skukuza Airport has recently reopened with Airlink flights scheduled daily from Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is the airport that provides direct access to Kruger National Park.
Flights to and from Skukuza Airport are strictly controlled to be able to manage and route air traffic effectively, in a way that does not disturb the park. Flights come in and out between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with total flights limited to a maximum of 20, divided equally between arriving and departing flights. Currently there are two scheduled Airlink flights from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport at 10:00 a.m, and from Cape Town International Airport by 10:35 a.m.
Climate within Kruger National Park is mainly subtropical. Summers have been known to be hot and humid with temperatures ranging and often registering above 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Skukuza Airport terminal building has been rehabilitated to process 400 passengers, with 20 aircraft movements (10 arrivals and 10 departures).
At the arrivals area of Skukuza Airport, passengers proceed and disembark through the arrival gate to a restricted meet-and-greet area. It is the airport’s main concern to keep the main public area of the arrival gate, free and cleared of any congestion, with the help of its rangers and guides. While the arriving passengers disembark, their baggage are then being efficiently offloaded and transported to the designated arrival baggage collection facility. When arriving, passengers are also immediately transferred on a feeder flight to the lodges, and then directed to a roofed transfer waiting area or via road transfers where they are then met by transfer operators or game rangers.
When departing, passengers move along to the main part of the terminal for check-in. There are three counters, which have been provided for continued use during work hours, with one counter designated to handle feeder flight traffic, charters, along with overflow or fast baggage drops, when necessary. Airlink’s procedure of expediting passenger check in by processing bulk passengers at their lodges also make airport processing work better. Once the passengers have checked in, they have an option for additional last-minute shopping, before they proceed through security scans via the departure terminal area. Passengers are then to proceed to the departure gateway wherein boarding pass and identity are confirmed for security reasons, before getting on their flight. Passenger baggage are then simultaneously scanned, weighed, and tagged.
Services and Facilities
The Skukuza Airport facilities include electricity of 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz, with USB and two prong power points. There’s no bar, banking, meeting and conference facilities within the area, although there is an automated teller machine, located at the Skukuza Main Camp. Also among the airport’s facilities are smoking areas, a retail boutique for shopping, coffee shop, shuttle service, lounge, parking spaces for cars and buses, phone, Wi-Fi, toilets, along with lodge air and road transfers.