Air Transport

All of South Africa's airlines comply with the highest international safety levels. The flights to the tourist destinations furtherst away from Joburg, e.g. the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), take only around 30 minutes of flying time, making them easily accessible from Joburg. A flight from Johannesburg to KMIA, for example, will only take you around 30 minutes. At the the Airport you can pick up a Hire Car to take you to the Kruger Park, or be met by your chosen Tour Operator.

On the other hand, by flying, you miss out on much of our beautiful scenery, which is really worthwhile exploring. So - why don't you make the time to fly there and drive back - perhaps spending a night in one of our towns in the Panorama Route or the Highlands Meander regions?

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OR Tambo International Airport

OR Tambo International Airport is the largest airport in the country, and receives flights from around the world. It is also the air transport hub of Southern Africa, catering for more than 17 million passengers each year. If you're flying from outside the country, chances are you'll be landing here. The majority of domestic flights to and from destinations within in South Africa also depart from here. This airport meets international standards on all levels, and passing through it is a seamless and hassle-free process. The airport boasts a world-class variety of amenities, business centres, retail centres, restaurants and bars, as well as a five-star hotel

How to get to and from OR Tambo International Airport

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Layout Of OR Tambo International Airport

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The Airport is located on the outskirts of the city, and there are a number of transport options available to take you to your accommodation. Apart from a variety of approved, private taxi services, there is also a range of shuttles that will pick you up right in front of the arrivals hall, many of which are listed in our Tours section. Better yet, rent a car, and travel around Jo'burg on your own terms.

Useful Numbers

  • General Enquiries: +27 (0)11 921 6911
  • 24 Hour Help Desk: +27 (0)86 727 7888 or +27 (0)11 921 6262
  • Flight-information service: Call +27 (0)86 727 7888 for ;
  • Flight Arrival Updates - SMS (text message): send your Flight Number to 36848 (R5 per SMS)

The Airports Company of South Africa, provides information on arrivals, departures, car hire, airlines, and parking at the Airport

This is a long video on OR Tambo Airport, but it does show you the immigration, baggage, arrivals and taxi rental areas.

Lanseria International Airport

Lanseria Airport started over 25 years ago as a small rural airfield. It has developed today into a highly successful airport, offering services to both domestic and international passengers. It only about 25km from Sandton and is less than 50km from Joburg and Pretoria.

Route To Lanseria International Airport from the N1 in Sandton

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Contact Information:

Car Hire Companies at OR Tambo:

Domestic Airlines Using Lanseria International Airport:  

  • British Airways (Comair): +27 (0)860 43 5922
  • +27 (0)861 58 5852   
  • Mango: +27 11 359 1222

Lanseria International Airport


Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)

Tel: +27 (0)13 753 7500

KMIA is small international airport that is conveniently located a mere 30 minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park. This airport therefore offers the quickest and most convenient way to reach the Lowveld, and all the game reserves and attractions that this area has to offer. Many commercial airlines now offer flights to KMIA from most major cities, and a number of the private safari lodges in the area can arrange chartered flights to and from the airport. There are a number of transport options to and from the airport, and most private lodges will meet you in the terminal. Alternatively, you can hire a car directly in the terminal, and visit the nearby reserves in a rental car.

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A walk through Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport: Near to Nelspruit and the gateway to the Greater Kruger Area


Domestic Airlines

Seven major domestic airlines operate in the country, as well as a number of smaller charter airline companies.

  • South African Airways, South African Express and SA Airlink and fly between all the major cities and to some of the smaller ones.
  •, 1time and Mango offer cut-price flights on the more popular routes, between Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and George.
  • British Airways, operated by Comair, operates flights between the major centres.

All flight operators offer online booking services, with payment by credit card or directly into the relevant bank account. You need to be at the airport an hour before departure for domestic flights.

  • Call centre: 0861 KULULA / 0861 585852
  • International bookings (from outside SA): +27 11 921 0111
  • General enquiries:



  • Reservations: +27 11 978 1111
  • Call centre: 0861 1 MANGO (0861 162 646)
  • Call centre from outside SA: Johannesburg: +27 11 359 1222+27 21 936 1061
  • E-mail:

South African Airways

  • South Africa's national carrier flies locally, as well as into Southern Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. It offers economy, business and first class cabins.
  • Reservations: +27 11 978 1111
  • Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)
  • Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313
  • E-mail:


  • Customer care and head office: +27 11 961 1700
  • Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)
  • Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313
  • Group bookings: +27 11 961 1732
  • E-mail:

South African Express 

British Airways

  • OR Tambo (formerly Johannesburg) International Airport: +27 11 387 9000
  • Reservations: +27 11 441 8400