Airports

Thanks to our booming infrastructure sector, South Africa is lucky enough to have seven international airports and many smaller airports scattered around the country – some of which are owned by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and others privately. Besides the obvious benefit of travelling easily around SA and the globe, airports are a vital artery of the export and import industry and play an important role in the economic development of the country.

Gauteng, being the country’s economic hub, has a high number of notable airports, including OR Tambo International Airport, the largest and most popular, Lanseria International Airport, Grand Central Airport, Rand Airport and Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria North.

Other significant airports in the country (in no particular order) include Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport in Durban, Bloemfontein Airport, East London Airport, George Airport, Margate Airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Pilanesberg International Airport, Polokwane International Airport, Richards Bay Airport and Port Elizabeth Airport.

To serve Pretoria’s jet-setting locals who are unable – or not keen – to commute to Johannesburg, Wonderboom has a number of flights – chartered and scheduled – around the country, as well as scheduled flights to Cape Town via Airlink, which makes it that much easier to get around our beautiful nation.

And in case you didn’t know, we also have 11 military airports dotted around, including Pretoria’s well- known AFB Waterkloof, which is the main base of the South African Air Base, and AFB Swartkop, South Africa's oldest air force base that houses the South African Air Force Museum.

See our Shuttle Services page on our directory.

Travel Tips

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Climate and Seasons

South Africa is located in the Southern Hemisphere. Summer is generally October to March, Autumn is during April, Winter is May to August and Spring is around September.

Summers are generally hot and lightweight clothing is advisable although evenings can be cool around the coast. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are a must and remember that sunburn can occur even in overcast weather.

Visas

South Africa has the right to decide who may and who may not enter its territory. A visa ensures that you are properly screened before entering the country, and gives immigration officials the information they need to ensure you are admitted to South Africa for the correct purpose and length of time. A visa doesn't guarantee you entry to the country, it only allows you to proceed to a South African port of entry, where an immigration officer will check that you satisfy the basic requirements for entry into the country.

Economy

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Geography

Pretoria is the transitional area between the Highveld and the Bushveld, approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Johannesburg in the north-east of South Africa. It lies in a warm, well sheltered, fertile valley, surrounded by the hills of the Magaliesberg range, 1,370 m (4,495 ft) above sea level. Pretoria covers an area of approximately 1,644 km².

History

First inhabitants

The Southern Transvaal Ndebele occupied the river valley, which was to become the location of the city of Pretoria, by around 1600. During the difaqane in Natal, another band of refugees arrived in this area under the leadership of Mzilikazi. However, they were forced to abandon their villages in their flight from a regiment of Zulu raiders in 1832.