In October we are flying into Johannesburg, arrival at 13:05 pm. We will be doing a self-drive safari with car rental out of Nelspruit airport. We have booked into Krueger park accomodations (Pretoriaskop )for the following night. We are wondering what is our best option for getting from Johannesburg to Nelspruit to spend the night before going on to Krueger the following day? Should we fly from Johnnesburg to Nelspruit on same day as Johannesburg arrival? Or is shuttle service to Nelspruit from Johannesburg airport a better option.?
If we fly, how long should we allow between our Johannesburg and Nelspruit flights to allow for immigration and bag pickup? We will have to check our luggage back in for the onward Nelspruit flight as it will be a separate itinerary. Also, it seems like the car rental companies in Nelpruit close around 18:00. If we dont make it in time to pick up the car we will have to get to our accomodation in Nelspruit another way, then go back to the airport to retreive the car in the morning. I read that Nelspruit after dark is not necessarily safe (is this true?). I also read that it takes 45-60 minutes by taxi from airport to various hotels, yet it is only 11-12 miles? Sorry for so many questions. Any helpful ideas or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.