Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre
The 2019 Species on the Move Conference will be held in Kruger National Park in north-eastern South Africa. The Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre is in Skukuza, the largest rest camp and administrative centre for Kruger National Park. The rest camp is situated in the southern part of the park on the bank of the Sabie river. The centre can accommodate up to 400 people and Skukuza has a range of accommodation options, including camps, huts and a hotel.
Kruger National Park is considered safe for travellers – all the people you’ll meet are either tourists or staff working for the tour operators, accommodations or park authorities. Skukuza rest camp is fenced and gated, so you can walk to and from the conference centre, accommodation and restaurant.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Kruger National Park has 21 rest camps and 15 private safari lodges. All the Big Five game animals (Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, Cape Buffalo) are found in Kruger National Park, which has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species).
Flights to Skukuza
Attendees are able to fly directly into Kruger National Park from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Many flights from Australia, Europe and the US arrive in the early morning to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport allowing a connection directly to Skukuza Airport in Kruger National Park.
If you need to overnight, there are hotels within the airport and connected directly to the arrivals and departures lounges (City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo Airport, InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport).
Getting to Kruger National Park
Attendees can fly directly into KNP to the Skukuza Airport, which has direct flights from O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and Cape Town International Airport. The Skukuza Aerodrome is 9 minutes from the camp and transfers will be provided.
The trip from Johannesburg is 4.5 hours and you enter the park via the Paul Kruger Gate, which is 20 minutes from Skukuza rest camp. All park gates close at 5.30pm; however, you must arrive at the Paul Kruger Gate by 4.30pm to be in Skukuza by 5.30pm.
KNP is fenced and park entry and exit is between 6am and 5.30 pm. However, when you reach a gate you need to have sufficient travel time to reach your camp by 5.30pm. The closest gate to Skukuza is the Paul Kruger Gate, which is 20 minutes from Skukuza rest camp.
Flights to South Africa
|Departing City||Flight Time to:||Time Difference in South Africa|
|Sydney, AUS||14hr 5min||18hr||– 8hr|
|Perth, AUS||11hr 10min||15hr 30min||– 6hr|
|Auckland, NZ||19hr 35min||23hr 30min||-10hr|
|New York, USA||14hr, 50min||18hr 40min||+ 6hr|
|London, GBR||11hr||11hr 30min||+ 1hr|
|Frankfurt, DEU||10hr 30min||11hr 45min||+/- 0hr|
|Doha, QAT||8hr 50min||10hr 15min||– 1 hr|
Flights to/from Skukuza
|Departing||Departure Time||Arriving||Arrival Time|
Travelling in South Africa
If you wish to see other parts of South Africa, foreign governments typically advise travellers to pay closer attention to personal security than they may in other countries, particularly in the larger cities. Safe travel could include:
- Staying in well-known hotels
- Organising transfers to and from the airport via your hotel rather than public transport
- If dining out, checking the restaurant provides transfers to and from your hotel
- Using organised excursions for sightseeing
- Not walking anywhere that is isolated or after dark
Malaria & Vaccinations
Kruger National Park lies in a malaria zone and there is an elevated risk during the wet summer months from October to April. The conference is being held in the dry season but you should consult your travel doctor for current advice regarding antimalarial medication and vaccinations for travel to Kruger National Park and South Africa.