Sleeping in Airports

Nelspruit Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Nelspruit Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what to expect during your time at Nelspruit / Kruger Airport.

What to Expect

  • The small, single terminal airport connects to destinations in South Africa, Zambia, and Mozambique.
  • Economy class travellers can pay to access one airport lounge. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • As of May 2017, we have no reviews from travellers who have used this airport. Write a review to help future travellers!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are located near the airport, some provide free shuttle service and others charge a fee. See our Airport Hotel section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  KMI Airport VIP Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Landside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Charter Lounge at KMI Airport – Location: Main Terminal, airside. Lounge Access: Standard lounge fees are R200.00 per adult (R95.00 per child under 12) for a maximum of two hours.

Transit Lounge at KMI Airport – Location: Main Terminal, landside. Lounge Access: Standard lounge fees are R200.00 per adult (R95.00 per child under 12) for a maximum of two hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Nelspruit Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Belgrace Boutique Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request. » Check Rates
  • Destiny Country Lodge – (5 minutes from the airport) Roundtrip airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Country Lane Lodge – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. upon request ($). » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Nelspruit Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Nelspruit Airport. Register for WiFi service at the Information Desk. There is also a desktop workstation next to the Information Desk.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Main Terminal Building, Ground Floor.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby changing facilities are available on the first floor.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge in the entrance of the main terminal building.

Baggage Wrapping – Baggage wrapping service is available and is located landside, near the check in desks.

Currency Exchange – Imali Express Bureau de Change is located on the ground floor of the main terminal building.

Duty Free & Shopping – There are several stores that sell souvenirs, gifts, and regional products.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24 hours food and beverage concessions at this airport. There are several cafes located landside and airside that operate from the time of the first flight until the time of the last flight.

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An information desk is available. Location: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Rates: Standard Bag R60 ZAR and a golf bag would cost R80 ZAR. Location: Next to check-in desks.

Mobile Charging – Power outlets to charge your mobile devices are available.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Showers are available only for passengers using the VIP Lounge. Showers are located on the first floor of the terminal building.

Smoking – Permitted in the designated smoking shop.

Airport Hours

Information not available. If you know the hours, please email us at [email protected] and we will update the guide.


As of February 2018, Nelspruit airport is served by the following airlines: Airlink.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following companies have car rental counters inside the airport: Afrirent • Avis • Budget • Bidvest • Europcar • First Car • Hertz • Tempest • Thrifty.

Shuttle Services

There are several shuttle and transfer services available at Nelspruit Airport. To select the best provider for you, visit the Nelspruit Airport website.

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.