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About Skukuza

Skukuza is a place where animals roam free and the gentle lull of nature calms the soul and inspires the mind. Home to the famed Big 5, and a population of more than 2000 people, it is the main rest camp of the Kruger National Park. Attractions include the Metsi-Metsi Wilderness Trail, Sabie River and Masorini Village.

Get ready to come face to face with awe-inspiring landscapes and beautiful animals with cheap flights to Skukuza. Skukuza is home to Skukuza Airport (SZK). It is a scenic 10-minute drive from the airport to the main rest camp. Skukuza Airport serves South African Airways. Non-stop flights to Skukuza depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Popular flights to Skukuza also depart from Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Skukuza is approximately 50 minutes.

Why visit Skukuza

skukuza african wildlife

African Wildlife

Feel the rhythm of the African bush as you encounter rare and remarkable wildlife. The park is home to the famed Big 5 (elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, lion and Cape buffalo).

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Safari Adventures

Experience unforgettable safari adventures as you navigate wild savannah on foot, encountering mystical Gwarri trees, the glittering Olifants River and roaming wildlife, or jounce across riverbeds on a 4x4 trail.

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Natural Beauty

Lose yourself in a world of rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls, sun drenched savannah, gentle valleys, shimmering rivers and forests that quiver with animal life. Spellbinding natural beauty abounds and beckons.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country South Africa
Currency South African Rand
Language Tsonga
Hub Airport Skukuza Airport
Time Zone GMT + 2
Travel Adaptor Standard type D, M & N

Best time to visit Skukuza

Skukuza experiences a hot, sub-tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 7 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. The winter months (May to June) offer astounding wildlife viewing as the vegetation thins and animals emerge, congregating around rivers and waterholes. Temperatures range from 9 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius. Mosquitoes and crowds are scarce during these months. The hot and humid summer months (November and December) are saturated with rain and thundershowers. Many animals give birth during these months, offering a rare, electrifying chance to witness the first steps of young animals. Temperatures range from 16 degrees Celsius to 34 degrees Celsius. Dramatic bird migrations lace the skies from January to April, offering exceptional bird-watching.

Weather & Climate in Skukuza

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 20°C 19°C 17°C 12°C 8°C 8°C 10°C 14°C 17°C 19°C 20°C
High °C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 26°C 24°C 24°C 26°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 113 111 65 40 18 12 10 9 25 45 83 92

The singular beauty of the wild African bush is impossible to resist and equally impossible to forget. Skukuza is a wild frontier that offers nature lovers and peace seekers a chance to feel the intoxicating energy of Africa’s most celebrated and remarkable wildernesses.

Skukuza is a small town, and the main camp of the Kruger National Park, located on the southern banks of the Sabie River. Nestled between grasslands and sun-kissed savannah, it offers a once in a lifetime chance to experience nature and witness majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

No boundaries, no cages.

Disappear into the wild heart of Mpumalanga and witness unrivalled beauty. Encounters with animals such as elephants, hippos and lions are the norm, while the Masorini Village and Thulamela Hill give you a chance to explore the cultural heritage of the area.

Skukuza is a place where animals and the human soul roam free.

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Skukuza is a safe town. However, there are certain precautions and restrictions when it comes to the animals, as they are wild and can be dangerous.

Unless in a designated viewing area, all visitors must remain in their vehicles. This includes not allowing body parts to protrude from the vehicle. Vehicle doors should be closed at all times. Stick to the speed limit while driving through the reserve. 50km/h on tar roads and 40km/h on gravel roads. Driving “off-road” or on roads affixed with “no entry” signs is prohibited.

The Kruger National Park is a risk area for malaria. Precautions should be taken to avoid bites, and anti-malarial medication should be taken before, during and after your trip.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Skukuza
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 25.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.75 R 22.25 R 22.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 12.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.50 R 38.00 R 38.00

Nestled along the banks of the Sabie River or lost in the wild tangles of the Kruger grassland, accommodation in Skukuza offers a unique chance to experience the wildness of the African bush. Carefully designed and beautifully furnished, each establishment suffuses traditional safari rusticism with cosmopolitan luxury.

Safari tents resting on wooden stilts boast magnificent views of the surrounding wilderness; camping and caravan sites give you a chance to feel the gentle caress of one of the most sacred parts of Africa; guest houses offer up irresistible comfort and indulgence; and riverside bungalows whisper of unparalleled intimacy with nature and romantic starry nights.

Some memorable experiences include: outdoor showers, candlelit dining beneath the stars and ancient trees, decadent open air massages beside the Sabie River, and unforgettable open air tree house rooms.

Although there are car hire facilities at Skukuza Camp and self-driving is always a great option, guided tours and walking tours offer unbelievable opportunities to marvel at the landscape and search the plains for animal life. These are conducted by experienced and knowledgeable guides, who are familiar with the land and the behaviour of the animals.

If you decide to venture out on your own, familiarise yourself with the designated self-drive routes and rules and recommendations for self-drive safaris.

Main attractions in Skukuza

Metsi-Metsi Wilderness Trail

Metsi-Metsi Wilderness Trail

Sabie River

Sabie River

Skukuza Golf Course

Skukuza Golf Course

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