The most aesthetic airport in the iconic bush: Skukuza Airport!

The most beautiful airport in a rural setting in South Africa. Smack in the middle of the iconic bush is Skukuza airport, responsible for bringing tourists, daily, to the iconic bush.

Skukuza airport signage

Often, I take the SA Airlink operated flight between Skukuza airport and OR Tambo International airport on my work travels into the iconic bush. Often, I am also the only Black person on the flight,  full of tourists from all over the world.

SA Airlink

Eco tourism is an important industry in the iconic bush, providing international and local tourists with luxury accommodation and game drives and employment for the local people.

Skukuza airport was reopened for scheduled flights back on 2 June 2014  through a public-private initiative by various partners.

The airport decor is world-class, befitting an airport that is the gateway to the iconic bush. The check in counter offers a striped welcome in the form of zebra artwork at the check in desk, operated by friendly, professional staff.

Check in counter: Zebra Welcome

Check in counter: Zebra Welcome

On arrival, guests are welcomed by a modern ambiance of iconic bush decor, and lighting;

The lighting

The lighting

A wooden sculpture of giraffes, a curio shop and comfortable, wooden frame sofas on which to await check in and pick ups. Often, arriving guests are driven away by lodge specific vehicles to the various luxury game lodges within the game reserves and the Kruger National Park.

Lodge specific vehicle ready for pick up

Look at those giraffes

Look at those giraffes



The departure lounge is an aesthetic wonder of floating bird figurines, waterfalls, comfortable sofas and a kiosk to make last-minute purchases of biltong, a refreshing drink, sandwiches and magazines, among others.

Departure lounge. Birds floating in the cealing

Departure lounge. Birds floating in the ceiling

Birds floating on the ceiling

Birds floating on the ceiling

Biltong is an iconic bush South African snack made out of dried, cured meat such as beef and game meats (i.e. beef, kudu, ostrich) Biltong is popular with international travelers, once they have had a taste of it. There are various brands on offer.


Water feature: departure lounge

Water feature: departure lounge

Sitting in the departure lounge, one can watch one’s flight land and take off.


  1. Lorato · September 6, 2015

    ‘Tis lovely indeed.


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