Car Hire from Nelspruit Airport
Nelspruit (MQP) Airport, also known as Kruger Mpumalanaga International Airport is the newer of the two airports serving the city of Nelspruit in South Africa. Located on the Crocodile River, Nelspruit is the gateway to the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon. Skyscanner can help you find the best car hire from Nelspruit Airport deal available.
Where to hire a car at Nelspruit Airport
Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz all offer car hire from Nelspruit Airport, the desks are located in the arrivals hall of the terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Nelspruit Airport
If you have hired a car with a ‘full to full’ fuel policy it is essential to refuel before returning your car in order to avoid extra charges.
The nearest petrol station to Nelspruit Kruger Airport is a Plaston Motors on the R538 road, 6km north of the airport.
Driving around Nelspruit Airport
The main roads around north South Africa are good quality and well sign posted. Once you head into the rural roads and the nature reserves of Mpumalanga you will need to be aware of potholes, sharp bends and avoid driving at night. Like the UK, in South Africa you will need to drive on the left hand side of the road.
For those planning on exploring the region’s national parks hiring a 4 wheel drive car is recommended.
Getting to your Destination
Here are some destinations you may wish to visit that can be easily reached from Nelspruit Airport once you have hired your car.
Nelspruit is often used as a stop off point of travellers heading to the national parks and scenic drives surrounding the city. The city plays host to a number of cultural shows throughout the year and is home to a major casino and the Lowveld Botanical Gardens.
Driving from Nelspruit Kruger Airport to the city of Nelspruit will take approximately 30 minutes via the R538 and N4 toll road. Tolls can be paid in cash so have some South African rand ready. It’s important to be aware in car parks with parking attendants or security in South Africa you will be expected to tip.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park offers one of the best safari experiences in Africa. The vast and diverse landscape is home to buffalos, lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants as well as vultures and eagles. Driving is one of the best ways to experience all that Kruger National Park has to offer.
There are several gates around the border of the park where you can enter. The Malelane Gate on the R570 road in the south of the park is one of the closest to Nelspruit Airport. It will take approximately one hour to reach via the N4 toll road. Self drive safaris are popular in the park and there are plenty of car parking facilities at the lodges and camps.
Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon is the world’s 3rd largest canyon and is a must visit when you are in South Africa. Waterfalls, hiking trails, locals selling handcrafted pieces of art and the Bourkes Luck Potholes are all waiting to be discovered in the reserve.
Nelspruit Kruger Airport to Blyde River Canyon is a 1 hour 50 minute 155km drive via the R40 through Hazyview and Selati Game Reserve.