OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg safaris, tours and holiday packages | Discover Africa Safaris
South Africa

O.R. Tambo International Airport

The busiest travel hub in sub-Saharan Africa

Situated 25 kilometres east of central Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo International Airport is both the main international gateway to southern Africa and the busiest hub for flights to the region's biggest tourist attractions. 

Although it is of limited inherent interest to travellers, O.R. Tambo International Airport – which was renamed in honour of the late ANC leader Oliver Tambo in 2006 – is the most important air gateway to southern Africa, handling up to 10 million passengers annually. And for those literally just overnighting between international or domestic flights, several quality hotels lie within walking or shuttle distance of the airport terminals. 

O.R. Tambo is also the main airport servicing Gauteng, the country's most populous province, and it lies less than an hour's drive from central Johannesburg, central Pretoria and the popular northern suburb of Sandton. It is also connected to all these cities by a recently opened high-speed rail service called the Gautrain. 

For those arriving early in the day and seeking a quick escape to the bush, O.R Tambo rather conveniently lies alongside the main highway connecting Gauteng to the Kruger National Park and the other popular attractions of Mpumalanga Province. 

Popular OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday

South Africa has so much to offer, from spotting the elusive leopard, to exploring Johannesburg's historical sites. Include the tropical island of Mauritius for an even more unforgettable vacation.

$ 5,904

£ 4,608

R 83,390


per person

12 days

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer: it's white-sand beaches, lush green wine-lands and find the Big Five wildlife in the Kruger National Park.

$ 6,570

£ 5,127

R 92,800


per person

14 days

Southern Africa safari adventure

Majestic wildlife and the riches of Africa.

$ 7,343

£ 5,731

R 103,730


per person

14 days

South African safari

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer, with a holiday tailor-made for you

Price on Request

per person

14 days

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls

$ 3,890

£ 3,036

R 54,945


per person

8 days

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari

Enjoy the city life in Johannesburg and track the Big Five in the Thornybush Game Reserve

$ 1,579

£ 1,232

R 22,300


per person

4 days

South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with it's multi-cultural heritage and a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands, finally ending off at Victoria Falls from the Zambian side

$ 4,716

£ 3,680

R 66,610


per person

10 days
Our African Travel Expert

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

Paul Steyn says

As airports go, O.R. Tambo is the most central and organised in southern Africa, and a useful place to change flights, especially if you are heading to more obscure corners of the country.

More on OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg holidays

Facilities within the airport terminal include numerous restaurants, a mall's worth of shops, and outlets for all the major car rental companies. There is very little sightseeing in the immediate vicinity, but with time to kill, it would be possible to arrange day tours to popular attractions in and around Johannesburg, for instance, the Apartheid Museum or Cradle of Humankind. 

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg Map

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg's location on Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions about OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Reviews on our OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg safaris

The arrangements of our trip were perfectly managed and made for a truly unforgettable experience. We can't thank you enough.


We could not have been more pleased with "Discover Africa." Our agent, Megan W, was knowledgeable, accommodating and highly responsive. She asked pertinent questions, listened carefully to our needs, then organized a personalized tour- the…


from United States of America

Although our safari was very expensive for us as South Africans we were satisfied that we got a value for money experience. It was a once in a lifetime safari. Knowledgeable, professional guides - experience far beyond our expectations. They…

Uwe and Doreza Kersandt

from South Africa

We first reached out to two agencies when we were looking to book our trip to South Africa. They didn't really answer our questions and took days to respond. One actually stopped responding altogether and we gave up after 3-4 follow ups.…


from United States of America

I am giving below my feedback about all aspect of the trip from 24th May to 5th June, 2016. a) Accommodation at Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park and Cape Town was well located with comfortable rooms as…


from India

Two male lions tried to take on an older female lion. The alpha male recently died and they were trying to take over his pride. The female lion was having none of it and while the males tried to tag team her; she swatted her massive paw at…

Kay Oczkowski

from United States of America

Related Articles

Five things to do in and around Johannesburg

Planning a South Africa safari that will take you to Johannesburg for a few days? Are you wondering what you should do there either before or after your safari? We’ve compiled a list of five things that will suit the type of traveller you… read more

Eat Out Awards: The Top 5 Winners in Gauteng

Celebrating the best eateries in South Africa is the Eat Out Awards. Using hundreds of online user reviews and critics’ opinions to choose a winner in each category, the Eat Out Awards is one of the most prestigious awards a restaurant could… read more

10 reasons why a Selinda safari is worth the trip

A private wildlife sanctuary situate in Northern Botswana, the 320,000 acre Selinda Game Reserve is home to a huge diversity of wildlife, most notably it’s large elephant herds, as well as antelope, zebra, cheetah, wild dog and lion. If… read more

Expert Q&A: Africa’s best Big Five safari destinations

One of the main reasons why people travel to Africa is to see the Big Five - the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and the White/Black rhinoceros. However, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is… read more

Our African Travel Expert

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

Get Travel Deals & News to your Inbox

We have the best safari and Africa travel news around & we even have the occasional mind blowing travel deals.
Sign up and get our monthly newsletter.