Navigating your way around South Africa

By Kings Camp Team on September 30, 2019
Welcome to South Africa! Now that you’re here, you may need some help getting around.

South Africa’s excellent infrastructure makes it an easy country to navigate. Domestic flights, car rentals, trains, e-hailing, buses and professional transfers are all viable options, with varying price points and travel times.

We’ve put together some invaluable information to help you navigate your way around South Africa upon arrival.

Passengers board a South African Airways plane at the Port Elizabeth International Airport in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa, September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Navigating O. R. Tambo International Airport 


For most international visitors, O. R. Tambo International will likely be your first port of call.

O. R. Tambo is located 20km east of central Johannesburg and serves as the major transport hub for sub-Saharan Africa.

Over 40 airlines fly in and out of O. R. Tambo. You’ll find everything you would expect from a large international airport: plenty of restaurants, shops and ATMs.

The arrival area is at the ground floor of the terminal. That’s also where you’ll find passport control, baggage claim and customs.

The airport is organized into two main terminals. Terminal A is for international flights and Terminal B is for domestic flights. O. R. Tambo’s directional signage is notoriously vague and confusing, so ask for directions whenever you feel lost.

Getting to Kings Camp from O. R. Tambo

Road transfers

Seasons in Africa Transfers & Excursions offers reliable and professional transfers throughout the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

Our air-conditioned vehicles, driven by experienced and knowledgeable guides include transport permits and are covered by comprehensive passenger liability insurance to ensure your comfort and safety.

Private transfers to and from all regional airports (including O. R. Tambo, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park Gateway Airport in Phalaborwa) are available.

Catching a connecting domestic flight


O. R. Tambo does not have a direct link between Terminal A and Terminal B. Travellers will have to pass through customs and immigration if O. R. Tambo is your first stop in South Africa and you are transferring to a domestic flight.

To be assured of a smooth connection from international to domestic, you need to incorporate a minimum of two hours to go through immigration, retrieve your baggage and go through customs, check your baggage again at the Connecting Flights counter on your left after exiting Customs, walk over to Terminal B departures, pass through Terminal B security control, and then walk to your gate.

Of course this does not apply in the case your baggage is already checked through to the final destination. Please note, the Connecting Flights Counter is small and understaffed and lines tend to accumulate quickly. It’s not a mere bag drop.

Air transfers to Kings Camp

Flights to Hoedspruit
SA EXPRESS: Johannesburg to Hoedspruit – 2 flights daily
SA EXPRESS: Cape Town to Hoedspruit – 1 flight daily
CEMAIR: Cape Town to Hoedspruit – 1 flight daily

Hoedspruit Airport is 40 minutes road transfer to the lodge.

Private charter, flight transfer, or helicopter transfers directly into Kings Camp are also an option.

Should any flights not be available for your travel time, please contact reservations who can assist in other flight options.

South Africa private safar

Car hire at O. R. Tambo


Car hire companies are all located on level 0 in the multistory parking area opposite the domestic terminal.

Avis Car Rental, ☏ +27 11 923-3660
Budget Rent A Car, ☏ +27 11 390-1924
Europcar, ☏ +27 11 394-8831
Hertz Car Hire, ☏ +27 11 390-2066
Imperial Car Hire, ☏ +27 11 390-1481
Tempest Car Rental, ☏ +27 11 394-8626
First Car Rental, ☏ +27 11 390-2342

Catching the Gautrain from O. R. Tambo


Revamped in 2010, the Gautrain connects the airport to Park Station in Johannesburg and Pretoria and a few other stations on the way.

The Gautrain station is located in the terminal building. A prepaid Gold Card is required to make use of the train and these can be purchased with a credit card or cash at automated machines in the station.

The Gold Card can also be used on the Gautrain buses at the destination stations.

Fares for all destinations are affordable and the Gautrain is a great option if you are overnighting in Sandton or nearby suburbs.

For further information you might require about travelling in South Africa, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly reservations team via email at or by calling +27 (0)13 751 1621 / +27 (0)82 675 6539.

If you’d prefer to fill in our online booking form, you can find it here. We look forward to welcoming you to Kings Camp in the near future.


Image credits:
Villiers Steyn
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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