African bush elephant in Kruger National Park.
African bush elephant in Kruger National Park.
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Before a trip to the Kruger National Park, visitors often conjure up visions of the ultimate African safari. But their wildest imaginations couldn’t prepare them for what’s in store.

The iconic Skukuza Airport is the gateway to both the Kruger National Park and the adjoining Sabi Sands game reserve. It’s on these vast tracts of land that real magic happens.

Take the mornings, for example. They arrive with floods of golden light, making the already breathtaking landscape even more spectacular. And that’s before you’ve spotted any game.

Anyone who has been in close proximity to the Big Five will agree that it is an incredible experience, but this game reserve is also home to a hive of other wildlife. You might glimpse thick-tailed bush babies, warthogs, fruit bats, or even the spotted hyena. 

Plus, there is the most majestic array of birdlife. Expect to see the ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and the saddle-billed stork, for starters. The natural riches of this world are so varied, you will want to return time and again to enjoy them.

The ground hornbill close up.
The ground hornbill close up.
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Luckily, with Airlink, Skukuza Airport is a flight away, departing from either Johannesburg or Cape Town.

If you’re looking to combine a bush and beach holiday, connect on Airlink from Nelspruit’s Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Vilanculos, Mozambique, and experience the exotic Bazaruto and Benguerra islands. Vilanculos is also serviced daily out of Johannesburg.

Want to maximise the time at your private lodge? Take advantage of Airlink’s Lodge Link service, which connects you from Nelspruit and Skukuza Airport to more than 25 exclusive and luxurious private lodges located in the world-renowned private game reserves around the Kruger National Park — Sabi Sands and the Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. These lodges are accessed via the Ulusaba, Arathusa, Londolozi, Ngala, and Phinda airstrips, just a short game drive transfer away from the doorstep of your lodge. 

The heart of the Kruger National Park is waiting for you to experience it.

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