Venue & Travel

Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park 

Situated on the southern bank of the Sabie River, Skukuza is located in the southern area of Kruger National Park and is the most popular and accessible camp, and one of the best for game viewing. In the vicinity of the camp all of the African Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo) can be found. The nearby Lake Panic Bird Hide is a birders paradise, where you can spot a large selection of water birds such as herons, fish eagles, storks, kingfishers and crakes. The camp itself overlooks the Sabie River where elephants sometimes congregate. The stretch right opposite Skukuza is home to a number of hippos. Accommodation at Skukuza can vary from small but comfortable to large guesthouses. Each house has an outside braai and mosquito protection.

The name, adapted from Sikhukhuza, was a nickname for James Stevenson-Hamilton. The camp was originally known as Sabie Bridge or simply Reserve, the name was changed in 1936. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is named after the Tsonga name for James Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park. Literally translated it means 'he who sweeps clean', a reference to his removal of all the local people to make way for the establishment of the Park. The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum houses many interesting artifacts - very well known is the knife ranger Harry Wolhuter used to single-handedly slay a Lion and save his own life. Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters.

Skukuza Rest Camp has several attractions such as a museum hut, the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library, an information centre and an auditorium. Wildlife documentaries are shown in an outdoor amphitheater. Skukuza Rest Camp has shops and two restaurants including the Selati Station Grillhouse. Selati offers a full a la carte breakfast everyday. Besides the camp basics, Skukuza also has 2 swimming pools, a golf course, a police station, a post office and even a bank.

These shops and facilities are surrounded by different sized huts and guest houses. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park features a variety of accommodation options such as camp sites, 21 furnished safari tents, semi luxury bungalows, cottages and 4 guesthouses. The myriad of birds and wild game in the area is easily spotted by going on bush walks and game drives. From the main reception, a visitor can arrange game drives, bush braais and guided walks in Kruger.

GPS Co-Ordinates

-24.989840 S / 31.592630 E

VISA Information

We recommend attendees to check relevant South Africa visa requirements as soon as possible. The average processing time for a visa can take up to 2 months. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry. For more detailed information or to determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, please visit the website of the South African Department of Home Affairs.

For U.S citizens, the U.S. Department of Staff website includes facts on passport validity, vaccinations, and visa requirements.

  • Traveling with children: For children under the age of 18 traveling to South Africa, an unabridged birth certificate is required for obtaining a visa and for entry into the country. For more information read Government Advisory.

Travel Medication & Vaccines 

Visit the CDC website or your doctor at least 2 months prior to your trip for recommendations on vaccinations. The CDC has a list of health clinics across the U.S. at which you can get vaccines and medications such as Cipro for intestinal bacterial infections. 

Malaria: The Kruger National Park is located in a malaria risk area and it is advised to take malaria prophylactics when visiting the Park. For more information on malaria, please click on the following link.

Inoculations: Visit the CDC website or your doctor at least 2 months prior to your trip for recommendations on vaccinations. 

For more information, visit ‘Health Tips.'

Weather and Climate

The month of June is the perfect time to visit Kruger National Park in South Africa. Marking the area's wintertime, now is when most of the park's wildlife will be out and about in search of food and water. This is Kruger's coldest month with temperatures sitting around 26C (78F) in the daytime and 6C (42F) at night.

  • We recommend that you pack warm clothing for early morning and evening game drives and sunblock SPF50 and above for sun protection.

Traveling to Johannesburg 

Fly to Johannesburg - OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)

  • Website: http://www.acsa.co.za
  • Number of terminals: 2
  • Location: The airport is located 22km (14 miles) east of Johannesburg.
  • Flights to Johannesburg: There are more than 750 international flights per week to OR Tambo Airport. Please check Skyscanner and/or Expedia to see which airlines fly to South Africa.
  • Car hire: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Imperial, and Tempest are located in the car park opposite the Domestic Terminal. Drivers must own a credit card and International Driving License, unless the driver’s national license is printed in English and bears a photograph of the holder.
  • Public transport: It is advised to only use official ACSA-approved operators of taxi, shuttle and bus services. The airport information desks will provide assistance. Airport information desks are located in International Arrivals and Departures, and Domestic Arrivals.
  • Hotels: City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo (Parkade 2 level 5), Protea Hotel by Marriot OR Tambo (0.8km from OR Tambo), InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Hotel (0.2km from OR Tambo)

Getting to the Kruger National Park from Johannesburg

Please note that the Rand (ZAR) currency is used in South Africa, and that money should be exchanged at OR Tambo International Airport as no such facilities are available at Skukuza. Entrance gates at the Kruger National Park and rest camp gates are closed at night, thus allow sufficient travelling time to ensure timeous arrival at your rest camp. Information on gate times can be find here.

From Johannesburg - OR Tambo Airport, you will need to connect via a domestic flight to either the Skukuza Airport (SZK) or the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA).

Skukuza Airport (SZK)

Skukuza Airport is situated in the Kruger National Park and is about a 15 min drive from the symposium venue. Two daily flights (45 min) are available from OR Tambo Airport and one flight from Cape Town International Airport (2.5 hrs). For more information on flight prices and schedules, please follow the link to SA Airlink website.

  • Avis car rental at Skukuza Airport provides a shuttle serves between the airport and Skukuza rest camp. This service can be booked here. You can also email them at avisskukuza@avis.co.za

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)

The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is located 27km north east of Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Many flights operate between Johannesburg - OR Tambo and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. The airport has customs and immigration facilities, banking, ATMs, VIP lounges, and car rental depots.

  • Transfer time from the airport to Skukuza rest camp is approximately 1.5 hrs. Just Transfers provides a shuttle serves between the airport and Skukuza rest camp. This service can be booked here.

Travel by road

  • The distance from Johannesburg to Skukuza (S 24 59′ 43″ E 31 35′ 34″) is about 450 km (5 to 6 hours traveling time). Roads are in good condition.
  • Directions: From OR Tambo get on the R21 and follow the N12 and N4 to Nelspruit. Then take the R40 to Hazyview via White River. From Hazyview, take the R536 to the Paul Kruger Gate. Skukuza rest camp is 12 km away from the gate. Allow for about a 30min drive until you get into the camp.
  • Toll fees are payable on the N4. There are 24-hour service stations with restaurants and ATMs at regular intervals on major routes.

Skukuza daily shuttle service

  • A daily shuttle operated by “Just Transfers” departs OR Tambo International Airport at 10h00, arriving at Skukuza, rest camp at 16h30. The Shuttle also depart from Skukuza at 10h00 daily. For early bookings and inquiries please contact Ian Tomlinson (ian@justtransfers.co.za).

It is the attendees responsibility to make their own accommodation bookings for the symposium either at Skukuza Rest Camp or the alternative options suggested. Full details of this procedure are detailed on the Accommodation Tab.