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  1. Suzy
    October 19, 2018 @ 8:52 pm

    This looks lovely and a nice way to enter Kruger NP. I visited back in 2011 and drove from Johannesburg. Visiting Kruger was one of the top moments of my life. I would love to bring up my children like the family you mentioned – what a wonderful childhood. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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    • Jyoti
      October 19, 2018 @ 11:29 pm

      Hi Suzy, I love the idea of taking the family to Africa and re-living the experience with the kids. It’ll be amazing.
      We debated between driving from J’Burg, flying to Skukuza or one of the other airports. We had read reports of violence and car theft on the long drive so we decided to fly.

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  2. Arunima Dey
    October 19, 2018 @ 9:03 pm

    It’s like a Boutique airport! I am heading their next year if all goes well but OH MY GOD, it’s expensive to fly to this airport. I think I will just from Joberg.

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    • Jyoti
      October 19, 2018 @ 11:26 pm

      That’s the right word, Arunima! It is a boutique airport. I just never heard ‘boutique’ with an airport until now.
      J’burg is probably at the top of the list of worst airport… if such a list existed 🙂
      We changed there and had enough in just the transfer.
      I hope you’ll fall in love with Africa.

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  3. Sanne Grieten
    October 19, 2018 @ 11:23 pm

    This is indeed the most beautiful airport I have ever seen. Okay, it isn’t as big as the airports I am used to, but I’d definitely going to travel to the Kruger National Park Airport just to see it with my own eyes!

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    • Jyoti
      October 19, 2018 @ 11:45 pm

      Hi Sanne, it’s certainly very small, and totally unique.
      I hope you’ll enjoy the airport and the wildlife in Kruger 🙂

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  4. Amy Alton
    October 19, 2018 @ 11:39 pm

    Wow, it’s gorgeous! I went through 8 years ago, I don’t remember it being so fancy!

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    • Jyoti
      October 19, 2018 @ 11:43 pm

      You’re right Amy, it was made all over again very recently. It looks brand new – it fits the natural surrounding and yet very modern.

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  5. Shivani Sharma
    October 20, 2018 @ 12:57 am

    Wow, that is one unique airport national park, you had quite an experience with the luggage too 😉 Lovely pictures, I hope to see it too someday 🙂

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    • Jyoti
      October 20, 2018 @ 6:45 am

      Hi Shivani, the luggage story seems funny as I remember it now but it could have been quite a mess as it was our first day and there aren’t any malls or shops around there to replace clothes and all the personal items. I really lucked out 🙂

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  6. Kelsey Cetin
    October 20, 2018 @ 1:06 am

    Wow this is an amazing airport. I love the interior design and how it captures the culture of the people. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Jyoti
      October 20, 2018 @ 6:42 am

      Hi Kelsey, it so evident that the put a lot of effort into designing the airport to naturally fit into the National park.

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  7. Danielle
    October 20, 2018 @ 1:54 am

    I’ve been to this airport, our car stopped here on the way to where we were staying in Kruger. I only used the toilets and checked out some shops but I agree that it is such a stunning and unique airport. Great post!

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    • Jyoti
      October 20, 2018 @ 6:40 am

      That’s a good idea because there aren’t too many restrooms in the park.
      Most people never go there. I think it’s a destination in it own right.

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  8. Madhu
    October 20, 2018 @ 6:49 am

    What a cute and pretty airport..looks really cozy and amazing .wpuld love to be here.by the way you had a really long flight.

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    • Jyoti
      October 20, 2018 @ 7:23 am

      Hi Madhu, Skukuza is certainly a charming airport to land at. All the fatigue melts away before starting the amazing wildlife viewing of Kruger National park begins.

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  9. Jamie
    October 20, 2018 @ 7:22 am

    I want to go to Kruger just so I can see the airport 🙂 I’m hoping for a trip to Africa soon. This is very helpful.

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  10. Rowena
    October 20, 2018 @ 7:59 am

    Oh man, that is a cute little airport! I love airports where there’s a lot of exploration opportunities. These days I do a lot of lounges, but often bc the airports are no fun to be in!

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    • Jyoti
      October 20, 2018 @ 8:05 am

      Totally Rowena! Skukuza airport is the cutest little airport and the location within Kruger National park makes it so convenient.
      I agree with the lounge decision. Especially in the busy airports like Istanbul.

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  11. Dagney
    October 20, 2018 @ 9:02 am

    I had no idea you could fly directly into the national park! What an adorable airport, though. But bizarre that you can’t get into the park without a ticket despite technically being IN the airport. Just one of those fun idiosyncrasies! Glad you didn’t lose your bags! That would have been a headache.

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    • Jyoti
      October 20, 2018 @ 5:22 pm

      Hi Dagney, some large national parks have mini airports or plain landing stipes inside. Masai Mara has a landing strip and the hotel jeeps come all the way to the airplane 🙂
      But I’ve never come across such a well made mini airport!
      Yes, the requirement to purchase Kruger national park entrance just to leave the airport was unexpected but understandable. No wonder everyone was going to the the Conservation line and we just walked past 🙂

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  12. Samantha
    October 20, 2018 @ 7:37 pm

    I have never seen someone write a post dedicated to an airport, but I can see why you did! The baggage carousel is so cute, I think that would make it a much more fun experience if all airports had cool baggage carousels!

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  13. Wandering Bird
    October 20, 2018 @ 11:36 pm

    Awww- that is cute! And how convenient to fly straight there. We’re hoping to visit Kruger next year- might have to try it!!

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  14. Anisa
    October 21, 2018 @ 2:52 am

    That airport is impressive, you can tell it looks brand new. Good to know you need to get the pass before leaving and thank goodness you caught that tour guide before he ran off with your stuff!

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