As one of only three airports to offer non-stop flights to all six populated continents, O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, gives in-house retailers access to millions of international travellers each year. By the end of 2011, the number will increase to five airports.
Many of those international flyers, whether they’re using air travel to reach business or leisure destinations, love the convenience of an airport hotel.
Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport offers luxury accommodation 500m away from this exceptionally busy thoroughfare. Its relaxed setting, surrounded by modern technology, makes a business traveller’s life that much easier. And at this airport hotel, the wine bar never closes. It’s an attractive environment in which to pass the time, celebrate a successful meeting or wait for the next flight.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s financial capital so an airport hotel is perfectly placed for business on the fly. However, it’s also the gateway to some of the country’s top game reserves, bush retreats and wildlife camps. Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi and Singita are some of the reserves known worldwide for their prolific birdlife, game-viewing opportunities and safari packages on foot or by road.
In addition, the airport hotel is a short drive away from the Gauteng Nature Reserve, situated mid-way between Johannesburg and Pretoria in the Cradle of Humankind. This is a 1 200-hectare privately owned reserve where the Kruger lion, white rhino and buffalo can be seen as well as cheetah, hippo, crocodile and more than 20 species of antelope. The reserve has implemented a successful wild dog breeding programme, which led to similar efforts being set up for Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers and the rare white lion.
Closer to the airport hotel, sports enthusiasts will find the 27-hole Serengeti Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the Germiston Stadium, which is home to the Moroka Swallows football team. They compete in the Premier Soccer League.
Shopaholics will delight in the selection of entertainment and shopping opportunities provided at the nearby East Rand Mall and Eastgate Mall, which are located 5km and 10km away respectively.
The Gauteng province’s state-of-the-art Gautrain station is five minutes away, linking people quickly and easily to Pretoria and Sandton in the short term. You can’t beat it for convenience and reliability ‘” heavy traffic will never cause you to miss a flight again ‘” and passengers with disabilities are catered for too.