Travel and transport

The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Photo courtesy of khym54

Towns and cities within the Kruger Lowveld region are connected by an excellent road network

Minibus taxis are popular forms of transport in the region. Photo courtesy of traceyman

The Kruger Lowveld region is easily accessible both from within South Africa and from neighbouring countries, by air and by road.

By air 

The three principal aerial gateways to the region are Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (also known as KMIA and as Nelspruit Kruger - airport code: MQP); Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport (HDS) and Skukuza Airport (SZK) in the Kruger National Park. KMIA hosts several regional routes including daily flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and regular scheduled flights to Mozambique and Zambia. Skukuza offers daily scheduled flights to and from Johannesburg and Cape Town. From Hoedspruit there are frequent flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

By road

The region offers good road access from all directions. The principal artery is the N4 highway which traverses the region from east to west, linking Nelspruit with Johannesburg/Pretoria and with the Mozambican capital Maputo (via the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post).

All the SA Roads Agency (SANRAL) roads in the region are in a fine state of repair and driving conditions are generally outstanding, giving easy access from Phalaborwa, Tzaneen, Polokwane and Zimbabwe in the north, Lydenburg, Dullstroom and Machadodorp in the west, and Ermelo, Piet Retief and Swaziland in the south.

Getting around in the region

Many visitors choose the self-drive option when visiting the region to ensure they get to see as much as possible.

All the major national and international car hire companies have a representation in the Kruger Lowveld region with depots at Nelspruit and Hoedspruit airports and in the town of Hazyview.

If you decide on a self-drive tour, please remember that distances between towns are significant. Careful planning is vital. Read more about road safety in the region.

Public transport, as in all of South Africa, is somewhat limited although the adventurous will find that the minibus taxi network and buses work well. Long-distance coaches and minibus transfers are available from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Maputo.

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