06:45 Kruger Shuttle
Johannesburg to Hoedspruit

The 06h45 Scheduled Kruger Shuttle (Johannesburg to Hoedspruit) departure from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport provides affordable & reliable daily transfer to 7 convenient Hoedspruit locations. The 7 drop-off locations have been carefully chosen due to their close proximity to all the game lodges and safari operations located in the surrounding private game reserves. Book the KRUGER SHUTTLE with Ashtons and then liaise with your chosen lodge/safari for collection from the nearest shuttle location. Transfer in air-conditioned comfort through beautiful scenery at a fraction of the flight cost!

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06H45 Johannesburg to Hoedspruit daily

Departing from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport by 06h45 daily, the KRUGER SHUTTLE will transfer you in air-conditioned comfort to the greater Hoedspruit area. There are 2 comfort stops along the way of about 15 minutes each, allowing you to stretch your legs, have a bathroom break, and buy some drinks and snacks for the road. You will have a fantastic opportunity to absorb some of South Africa’s most beautiful scenery during the transfer.

Arriving in the greater Hoedspruit area soon after midday, the KRUGER SHUTTLE will deliver you to your chosen Hoedspruit drop-off location in accordance with the approximate timing given in the ITINERARY section in the menu above.

PLEASE NOTE: you must make your own arrangements in advance for your chosen lodge/establishment to collect you from the shuttle’s drop-off location. If you need any advice or assistance in this regard please contact us. The final short transfer through Big 5 territory will see you arrive at your Greater Kruger game lodge or safari operation in time for lunch and your first guided game activity.

The Ashtons KRUGER SHUTTLE was launched in 2010 with only one 8-seater vehicle. A fleet of six 14-seater vehicles is now dedicated to this route with demand growing exponentially from international tourists who visit the game lodges, safari operations, and accommodation facilities in the greater Hoedspruit area. See the GENERAL INFO section in the menu above for some significant reasons why you should book this transfer service instead of flying between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit.

Game lodges and safari operations

Here are some of the Greater Kruger game lodges and safari operations that we transfer clients to on a regular basis:

  • Timbavati Reserve: Umlani, Bateleur, Shindzela, Kambaku, Motswari, Simbavati
  • Klaserie Reserve: Africa on Foot, nThambo, Gomo Gomo, Baobab Ridge, nDzuti, Senalala, Xanatseni
  • Balule Reserve: Naledi, Pondoro, Ezulwini, Mohlabetsi, Toro Yaka, Greenfire, Sausage Tree, Ku Sungula, Masodini, Tshukudu, Tsakane, Transfrontiers, Muweti, Balule River Lodge
  • Karongwe Reserve: Shiduli; Indlovu River Lodge
  • Makalali Reserve: Makalali Private Game Lodge
  • Kapama Reserve: River Lodge, Southern Camp, Buffalo Camp, Karula Lodge
  • Kruger Park: Hoyo Hoyo, Imbali, Hamiltons
  • Hoedspruit Area: Dumela Lodge, Kubu Safari Lodge, Elandela, Moditlo, Khaya Ndlovu, Thornhill, Bona Ntaba, Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge, Nsele Safari Lodge, Timbavati Safari Lodge
  • Phalaborwa Area: Sefapane

Please note that we can transfer clients going to any lodges located in the above areas

Kruger Shuttle Facilities:

  • All Ashtons KRUGER SHUTTLE vehicles are of high quality international standard
  • Clients are transferred in Toyota Quantum 14-seater vehicles with large luggage trailers
  • We focus on comfort and safety providing air-conditioning, bottled water, individual seat belts, cup-holders, magazine nets and satellite tracking
  • Each vehicle has a relevant transport permit plus R100 million passenger liability insurance as well as PAX-Sure insurance of R500 000 per seat
  • Each driver is highly experienced in long distance driving, carries a valid driving licence and a professional driving permit, and drives for only 6-8 hours per day

Luggage Allowance:

  • Each passenger is permitted a maximum of 30 kg of luggage which will be stored in the large luggage trailer and/or the rear luggage section of the vehicle
  • Each passenger may also carry one hand-held item of luggage weighing no more than 5 kgs
  • Any extra luggage must be pre-booked in advance and confirmed by Ashtons in writing
  • Extra luggage will be charged for at R50 per extra 20 kgs or part thereof
  • Please contact us if you would like to book extra luggage

Some excellent reasons to book the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle:

  • Over 52 000 clients have booked on this route alone since launch in 2010
  • Our fixed pricing is a fraction of the cost of flying between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit where flexi pricing applies in accordance with demand
  • It is one of the most affordable & reliable ways to get between Johannesburg and the Greater Kruger area
  • Guaranteed daily departures with no single supplements
  • Wide range of drop-off/collection points close to all major reserves in the Hoedspruit area. By getting the clients to the main gates of all the major reserves in the area, the need for expensive local private transfers (e.g. Airport-Lodge) is largely removed – most lodges collect/return clients at the Ashtons shuttle locations for free or for a nominal charge
  • The product is endorsed by all the major game lodges and tour operators that operate in the area
  • All Ashtons KRUGER SHUTTLE vehicles are of high quality international standard – clients are transferred in Toyota Quantum 14-seater vehicles with large luggage trailers
  • We focus on comfort and safety providing air-conditioning, bottled water, individual seat belts, cup-holders, magazine nets and satellite tracking
  • Each vehicle has a relevant transport permit plus R100 million passenger liability insurance as well as PAX-Sure insurance of R500 000 per seat
  • Each driver is highly experienced in long distance driving, carries a valid driving licence and a professional driving permit, and drives for only 6-8 hours per day
  • Ashtons has been in operation since 1993 and is a nationally bonded member of SATSA (membership number 486)

2016/2017 Rates:

(Valid 1 November 2016 – 31 October 2017)

R815 per person each way 1-2 people
R740 per person each way 3+ people

2017/2018 Rates:

(Valid 1 November 2017 – 31 October 2018)

R870 per person each way 1-2 people
R790 per person each way 3+ people

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Clients must book together onto the same shuttle departure to qualify for the 3+ rates
  • Rates are available on request for add-on transfer all the way to each individual game lodge in the greater Hoedspruit area (gate fees included where applicable). Please contact us for quotes
  • No single supplements – guaranteed daily departures
  • Rates are subject to change without notice
  • Clients must overnight in Johannesburg the night before the transfer. Please make use of the complimentary airport shuttle service offered by most airport-area hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses to get to the Bus Terminal Building at OR Tambo International Airport in accordance with the KRUGER SHUTTLE’s timing given in the ITINERARY section in the menu above
  • We recommend that you make use of www.gautrain.co.za to meet the shuttle at OR Tambo’s Bus Terminal Building if you are overnighting at an accommodation facility located in the Pretoria, Centurion, Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank or Marlboro areas

Timing & Pick-up/Drop-off Locations

At the time of reservation please specify your preferred Hoedspruit-area drop-off location from the list below. Please note that it is your responsibility to liaise with your chosen game lodge for collection from the relevant shuttle drop-off location below in accordance with the shuttle’s timing

IMPORTANT:
Please make use of the complimentary airport shuttle service offered by most airport-area hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses to get to the Bus Terminal Building at OR Tambo International Airport in accordance with the KRUGER SHUTTLE’s timing given below. Collection from Johannesburg accommodation facilities will be subject to pre/post shuttle transfer rates (details on application). We recommend that you make use of www.gautrain.co.za to meet the shuttle at OR Tambo’s Bus Terminal Building if you are overnighting at an accommodation facility located in the Pretoria, Centurion, Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank or Marlboro areas

PICK-UP @ 06h45: OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JOHANNESBURG)
Shuttle clients will be met inside the Bus Terminal Building which is located behind the Intercontinental Hotel and very close to the Car Rental Offices. Follow the overhead signboards through the airport stating Transport or Car Rental or Bus Terminal or ask at the Information Desk for directions

DROP-OFF 1 @ 12h15-12h45: KARONGWE/MAKALALI
Shuttle clients bound for game lodges located in the Karongwe and Makalali Reserves will be delivered to the small southern boom gate in the bottom right corner of the Karongwe Reserve on the R36 (not the reserve’s main gate). From there you can be collected by your game lodge for your onward transfer to the lodge

DROP-OFF 2 @ 12h30-13h00: THREE BRIDGES RESTAURANT
Shuttle clients bound for game lodges located north of the Olifants River and north of Mica will be delivered to Three Bridges Restaurant at The Outpost on the Olifants River (R40). From there you can be collected by your game lodge or private transfer service for your onward transfer to your final destination

DROP-OFF 3 & 4 @ 12h45-13h15: BALULE’S OLIFANTS WEST & YORK GATES
Shuttle clients bound for game lodges located south of the Olifants in the Balule Reserve will be delivered to Balule’s Olifants West and York gates on the R40. From there you can be collected by your game lodge for your onward transfer to the lodge

DROP-OFF 5 @ 13h00-13h30: HOEDSPRUIT TOWN
Shuttle clients bound for Hoedspruit itself, the nearby game lodges, Manyeleti Reserve, or northern Sabi Sands will be delivered to the Kamogelo Tourism Centre in Hoedspruit. From there you can be collected by your game lodge or private transfer service for your onward transfer to your final destination. If early you can enjoy a drink/meal at the Wimpy (own cost)

DROP-OFF 6 @ 13h15-13h45: EASTGATE AIRPORT (HOEDSPRUIT)
Shuttle clients bound for the Kapama Reserve (or nearby lodges) will be delivered to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport. From there you can be collected by your game lodge or private transfer service for your onward transfer to your final destination

DROP-OFF 7 @ 13h15-13h45: TIMBAVATI GATE
Shuttle clients bound for the Timbavati, Klaserie and Thornybush Reserves (or nearby lodges) will be delivered to the Bush Pub & Inn (formerly Bones Bush Pub), located 200 metres from the Timbavati Gate near Hoedspruit. From there you can be collected by your game lodge or private transfer service for your onward transfer to your final desitination. If early you can enjoy a drink/meal (own cost)

If you need any advice or assistance in selecting the correct drop-off location please Contact Us

Please Note:
The above timing is purely a guideline – timing is affected by traffic, weather, comfort stops and road conditions. Should unavoidable delays occur Ashtons will make contact with the relevant agents, transfer companies and accommodation providers.

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