MRI The Mammal Research Institute Mopani

Mopani Camp is situated on a rocky rise in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, with a magnificent view over the Pioneer Dam. The nearest entrance is Phalaborwa Gate, which is 74km (46 miles) away. The Airport is 4km (2.5 miles) from Phalaborwa Gate.


Most visitors to South Africa are exempt from visa requirements and will be given an entry permit upon arrival for between 30 and 90 days. For further details, please Click HERE for visa information for your country of citizenship

Travelling with children?  Please read Government Advisory

Letter of invitation

If you require a letter of invitation to travel to South Africa, we can provide this for you. Please email

Health & Vaccinations

Malaria: The Kruger National Park is designated as a malaria area and it is advisable to take malaria prophylaxy for the duration of your visit to the Lowveld. Please consult with your medical practitioner for advice on malaria and relevant vaccinations.  Medical practitioner is available on site.


Mopani Camp (Kruger) normally receives rain during mid-summer (approx 353mm of rain per year). The lowest rainfall occurs in June (0mm). The average midday temperatures range from 24.5°C in July to 31.7°C in January. The region is the coldest during July when the mercury drops to 8.7°C on average during the night.

During September 2016, the daily temperatures should be pleasant during the day (upper 20s degrees C) and chilly in the evenings/early mornings (around 16 degrees C). It is advisable to bring a fleece or jacket and a warm hat for early morning game drives – although these can be purchased at the camp store.

For average monthly and seasonal temperatures of the Kruger National Park click here

Domestic Flights to and from Phalaborwa Airport 

Airlink's daily, direct convenient flights give you the freedom to fly between Phalaborwa Kruger Park Gateway Airport and Johannesburg. 

Phalaborwa, is the central gate to the world's most famous nature reserve, the Kruger National Park. The airport is situated approx 2 km from the Phalaborwa Gate, providing easy access to the northern camps such as Letaba, Olifants, Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria as well as many famous private game lodges. Admire the Park by open 4x4 vehicles, or take a safari on the Olifants River amongst hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife. For further information on the Phalaborwa Airport click here. 

Airlink also offers convenient daily direct flights to both Nelspruit and Skukuza other strategic gateways to the world renowned Kruger National Park from Livingstone, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.


  • 555km
  • Traveling time approximately 7 hrs
  • Please enter the Park at Phalaborwa Gate
  • The distance between the Gate and the camp is 78km. Please bear in mind the speed limit is 50km per hour so please allow at least 2 hrs from the gate to the camp



  • Car Rental can be booked via the conference organisers.
  • Rental available from either OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg or Phalaborwa Airport
  • Please email



  • Departure will be at 07.00 am from OR Tambo Airport
  • Current Rate is R1900.00
  • Departure will be 07.00 am from Mopani Camp



Not allowed:

Please ensure that you arrive at Phalaborwa gate with ample time to spare

Delegates will have to find alternative accommodation outside of the park should they arrive later than 4pm at Phalaborwa Gate