06:45 Kruger Shuttle
Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Shuttle

The 06h45 Johannesburg to Hoedspruit shuttle service provides affordable & reliable daily transfer from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport to 7 convenient Hoedspruit shuttle locations. The 7 Hoedspruit shuttle 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 shuttle from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park with Ashtons and then liaise with your chosen lodge/safari for collection from the nearest Hoedspruit shuttle location. Transfer from Johannesburg to Kruger in air-conditioned comfort through beautiful scenery at a fraction of the flight cost!

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06H45 DAILY Johannesburg to Hoedspruit shuttle

Departing from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport by 06h45 daily, the bus from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit 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. With our Hoedspruit shuttle services, you will have a fantastic opportunity to absorb some of South Africa’s most beautiful scenery during the transfer from Johannesburg to Kruger.

Arriving in the greater Hoedspruit area soon after midday, the Johannesburg to Hoedspruit shuttle will deliver you to your chosen Hoedspruit shuttle 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.

Our Hoedspruit shuttle services were launched in 2010 with only one 8-seater vehicle. A fleet of eight 14-seater vehicles is now dedicated to the shuttle from Johannesburg to Kruger Park 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 bus from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit instead of flying.

Hoedspruit shuttle services to 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:

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

  • 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)

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

2018/2019 Rates:

(Valid 1 November 2018 – 31 October 2019)

Between JOHANNESBURG’S OR TAMBO BUS TERMINAL BUILDING and:
7 Hoedspruit-Area Shuttle Locations Per Person One Way
Karongwe-Makalali Southern Boom Gate
Three Bridges @ R40/Olifants Crossing
Balule Reserve’s Olifants West Gate
Balule Reserve’s York Gate
Hoedspruit Town – Rockfig Lifestyle Centre
Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport
Bush Pub & Inn – Near Timbavati Gate
R895

Rates Include:

Vehicle, driver, fuel and tolls for the designated shuttle route

Rates Exclude:

  • Any reserve entrance fees / conservation levies; anything not mentioned above
  • Pre/post shuttle transfers in Gauteng and Hoedspruit area. Most OR Tambo area accommodation facilities offer complimentary transfers to/from the airport every 20 to 30 minutes. For other Gauteng facilities we recommend www.gautrain.co.za given that it is safe and reliable, and many hotels offer complimentary transfer to/from the nearest Gautrain station. Alternatively, Gauteng pre/post-shuttle road transfer rates are available on request.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Guaranteed daily departures in both directions 365 days of the year
  • There are NO single supplements – rates are ‘per person one way’
  • Rates are subject to change without notice
  • Shuttle clients will be transferred in one vehicle with a large luggage trailer
  • Shuttle clients must be at their chosen pick-up location 15 minutes before the pick-up time indicated in the Itinerary section for verification and loading. It is the clients’ responsibility to be on time and any Kruger Shuttle clients not present by the advertised departure time will be treated as a NO SHOW regardless of reason.
  • Prior arrangements must be made with the relevant Game Lodges or Accommodation Facilities for collect/return at the above Hoedspruit Shuttle Locations in accordance with the shuttle’s advertised timing as per the Itinerary section.
  • Alternatively, affordable add-on transfer rates between Hoedspruit and each individual Game Lodge and Accommodation Facility in the greater Hoedspruit area are available on request.

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:
Clients who overnight near OR Tambo Airport the night before transfer can make use of the complimentary airport shuttle service offered by most airport-area accommodation facilities to get to the Bus Terminal Building at OR Tambo. We recommend that you make use of www.gautrain.co.za to get to OR Tambo if you are overnighting at an accommodation facility located in the Centurion, Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank or Marlboro areas. Clients who overnight in Pretoria the night before transfer can make use of our new Pretoria –> OR Tambo shuttle service which is the cheapest transfer option on that route.

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’S ROCKFIG LIFESTYLE CENTRE
Shuttle clients bound for Hoedspruit itself, the nearby game lodges, Manyeleti Reserve, or northern Sabi Sands will be delivered to the Rockfig Lifestyle Centre, which houses The Fig and Bean restaurant, next to the Pick n Pay centre in Hoedspruit. See it on Google Maps  From there you can be collected by your game lodge or private transfer service for your onward transfer to your final destination.

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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