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Telephone Numbers:
· CPT Airport: 021 937 1200 
· SA Airlink CPT: 021 936 2111
· Kruger Airport: 013 753 7500

flight path from Cape Town to Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
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Flights Cape Town to Nelspruit (Kruger)

For those tourists who want a quick hop from viewing the wildlife on the beaches of Cape Town to the wildlife of the Kruger, it's SA Airlink to the rescue - they're the only ones operating direct flights from Cape Town to Nelspruit. If you're ok with flights to the Kruger's other airports, there are also SA Express flights to Hoedspruit, and Airlink flights from Cape Town to Skukuza.

Airlink flight SA8663 leaves CPT every day at 10h00, and lands in MQP at 12h35 (if all goes to schedule).

Navigate to the flight price comparison tool on the left to compare prices with 1-stop flights. It is often cheapest to fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg and rent a car and drive through to Nelspruit.

SA Express flight to Nelspruit

11-12-2103 Rating 5/5: July 2012 was one of the best holidays our family has ever had. My daughter, who lives in Cape Town, told me her fiancée from New Zealand had never been to a wildlife reserve so I hatched a plan for us to holiday in Kruger Park together. My other daughter lived in Durban with us at the time and so the planning began. How to get Melanie and Shane from Cape Town to Kruger Park? We had a brainwave. Claire, James, Gary and I could drive from Durban via Swaziland to Kruger and check into Berg en Dal. Shane and Melanie would fly with SA Express from Cape Town to Nelspruit, pick up a minibus at the airport and drive through to the camp and meet us there. Melanie has always had a fear of flying and kept asking if she would have to fly in a small plane. I reassured her that I had flown with SA Express many times and the planes were very comfortable. On boarding the plane in Cape Town she was still nervous, but they were welcomed aboard and reassured by the cabin crew. Melanie and Shane are both over 6 feet tall, but found the seating very comfortable and had a smooth flight all the way to Nelspruit. They landed at the airport, picked up the minibus, drove the short distance to Malelane Gate and their dream holiday began. Once they joined us in camp, we all went out together in the minibus. We were extremely lucky to see a leopard four times in two days, twice seeing kills up a tree while the exhausted leopard slept off the intense exercise of hauling an impala into the canopy. After leaving Berg en Dal we stayed in Skukuza for a few days and then moved up to Satara, where sightings of lion became almost commonplace. On two separate days we were fortunate to see the big five before ten o’clock in the morning. Of course those happened to be the days the youngsters decided to sleep in, while the ‘ballies’ were out the camp gate as soon as it opened. We shivered our way through the night drive which left camp at 8 pm and was supposed to return at 10 pm. The poor ranger kept us out until after 11 pm hoping we would see more than a furry tail swinging in the branches and one eye reflecting in the torch light. Unfortunately the extra hour was unsuccessful other than making us more cold than ever. One thing I learnt from that little escapade was to rather go out on the early evening drive. When we got back to camp and saw the list of animals the previous drive had seen we could have cried! We loved everything about our weeks holiday in Kruger and eventually parted ways at Berg en Dal as we left early for the long drive back to Durban while Shane and Melanie could take a leisurely drive back to Nelspruit airport. They said the architecture makes you feel as if you are still on Safari! They had a pleasant flight back to Cape Town on SA Express and Melanie said she would have no qualms about using SA Express again, even though she hasn’t quite got over her fear of flying.

Airlines flying from Cape Town to Nelspruit


SA Airlink

Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP)

non-stop (2h15m)

The driving distance between Cape Town and Nelspruit is some 1741km.

Charter flights from Nelspruit Kruger

Federal Air offers charter flights to private game reserves in the Kruger Park.

Car rentals at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Here are your options for Kruger Airport car rentals:

Avis car rental

Budget car rental

Europcar hire

First Car Hire

Hertz car hire

Tempest car rental

Thrifty car rental

Accommodation in and near Nelspruit

Having landed in Nelspruit and rented a car, you may want to stay in Nelspruit, in the Kruger National Park or in beautiful White River.

Accommodation in Nelspruit

Here's a list of guest houses, bed & breakfasts and other accommodation in Nelspruit (South Africa):

map of South Africa with Nelspruit in it
Accommodation in the Kruger National Park

Your options for accommodation in the Kruger National Park:

an elephant dusting itself in the Kruger National Park
Accommodation in White River

Beautiful White River is situated in between Nelspruit and Hazyview. Here are your options for accommodation in White River:

early morning mist on the Pine Lake, with the pool in the foreground

Map centred on Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport


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