Getting Here

Getting Here

How do you want to get to the Sabi Sand?

By air:

Skukuza Airport in the Kruger Park and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), both offer direct flights to and from many parts of the country.

Direct charters to your destination lodge are also available. Please discuss options with your host lodge.

By road:

The SSW has three major access gates: Shaws Gate, Newington Gate and Gowrie Gate. These gates are geographically spread through the reserve, allowing for easy access to all lodges on the reserve.

GPS co-ordinates and directions:

Shaws Gate: 24°55’42.31″S 31°28’45.12″E
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Newington Gate: 24°52’8.36″S 31°24’16.51″E
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Gowrie Gate: 24°41’40.85″S 31°30’54.59″E
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Access to SSW Lodges & Gates

If you are unsure which gate to use, please see the map below. Each gate has been colour coded with the routes to each of the lodges. It is important to take note of which gate to use as access is provisioned only for applicable lodges.

On arrival, please ensure that your gate permit is stamped by the lodge to allow for exit.

Download full size map here.

Alternative Routes – Road closures:

Road closures and road blocks can be unpredictable, the below map will allow for alternative routes to be taken if a situation arises where the main access routes are closed or blocked off for an unknown reason. The map has been categorized into three areas, Primary (main route to access SSW), Secondary (second choice if primary is closed) and Tertiary (third option if primary and secondary are closed).

This map is to aid as a guide, SSW is liable for any damages or risks that may be posed on alternate routes.

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Gate Times:


Gate Name Operational Times
Opening Time Closing Time
Shaws Gate 05h00 23h00
Newington Gate 05h00 23h00
Gowrie Gate 05h00 23h00
Dumphries Gate 06h00 18h00
Toulon Gate** 06h00** 18h00**

Due to the adjusted National Coronavirus alert level 2, the hours of curfew start at 23h00 and end at 04h00
The SSW internal curfew remains at 23h00 and ends at 04h30.
All travel or gate entries / exits before 05h00 and after 23h00 will attract a fee of R150.00, payable in cash at the gate.
**Note: This is only for official Skukuza Airport traffic to transfer arrivals and departures.


Gate Name Operational Times
Opening Time Closing Time
Shaws Gate 09h00 16h00
Newington Gate 09h00 16h00
Gowrie Gate 09h00 16h00

*Note: Kindly maintain protocols and be strict on this as it impacts on game drives and the guest experience across the reserve.


Gate Name Operational Times
Opening Time Final Time To Enter Closing Time
Shaws Gate 09h00 14h00 16h00
Newington Gate 09h00 14h00 16h00
Gowrie Gate 09h00 14h00 16h00

*Note: No guest, delivery, or contractor may exit the gate without a stamped exit permit by the lodge that was visited.

Gate Fees:

Entry type 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2021
Light vehicle including driver R310.00
Heavy vehicle over 3.5 tons, including driver R540.00
Per person fee R140.00
All prices above are inclusive of 15% VAT