Shumbalala Game Lodge is situated in the heart of the in the private Thornybush reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park area, approximately 50km (30miles) from Hoedspruit. Guests can choose from a number of different options to reach Shumbalala Game Lodge:

Access by Air to Nearest Airport

SA Express Airways has two daily flights from OR Tambo International Airport (previously know as Johannesburg International Airport) to Hoedspruit Airport (also known as Eastgate airport). Bookings must be made directly with South African Airlink at From there we will arrange a short transfer of approximately 30 minutes to the reserve.

SA Airlink also fly daily from Cape town to KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) close to Nelspruit. Bookings must be made directly with South African Airways at From there guests can either take a short charter by air (of 25 minutes) directly onto the reserve or alternatively a road transfer of between 2 and 3 hours can be arranged.

Access by Road

Guests also have the option of travelling to Shumbalala Game Lodge by guided or private transfers. This offers the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the towns and scenery en-route. Average drive time from Johannesburg is 5 hours but a stopover in the scenic town of Dullstroom for lunch will extend this to 6 hours….or more.

Drive time from Nelspruit KMIA airport is between 2 and 3 hours.

Access by Air with Private Charter

These can be arranged from Johannesburg or Cape Town for flights directly onto the reserve which has a private tarred airstrip where your ranger will collect you and take you on a short game drive to the camp of Shumbalala Game Lodge.


24 DEGREES 24’50sec S -
31 DEGREES 09’30sec E




05/23 – Land uphill 23, 1200 metres (Tar


1900 ft

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For more information on chartered and private flights, contact our reservations department .