COVID testing lab to open in Kruger National Park and KMIA
Updated: Jun 1, 2022
The Kruger National Park will soon have its own COVID-19 testing station at Skukuza Airport and a testing laboratory at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), with samples being processed on site.
Operated by Next Pathology and licensed by the Department of Health, both the testing station at Skukuza and the laboratory at KMIA will launch on Thursday (April 7) and be open seven days a week.
COVID-19 tests available at KMIA will include the swift two-hour PCR Test, 12-hour PCR test and Antigen test. The testing station at Skukuza will offer the 12-hour PCR Test and Antigen tests, all at affordable rates. Furthermore, a nursing concierge service will be available for PCR and Antigen testing call-outs to lodges in the Kruger and Hoedspruit areas.
It was recently announced that, from November 2022, Lufthansa will operate flights directly from Munich to KMIA. This means that international visitors will no longer need to fly via Johannesburg or Cape Town to reach the Kruger National Park.
The new testing service also means that they will no longer have to forfeit an entire day to obtain the required COVID-19 test results before international departure.