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Touring South Africa - Land of possibilities!

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South Africa really is a land filled with tourism possibilities: from a unique floral kingdom in the South, to the ruins of man's ancient civilizations in the North, the geological wonders of the dry West and the Big Five grasslands of the East. It doesn't matter where you choose to go as a pre- or post-conference trip - you will be impressed!


Travelling by air

Johannesburg is the closest main international airport to Sun City and it is serviced by most popular international air carriers. Almost all domestic airport destinations can be reached via Johannesburg, if considering a fly-in pre- or post-conference holiday. Connecting domestic flights to popular main centres such as King Shaka International (Durban), Kruger Mpumalanga International (Nelspruit), George Airport and Cape Town International are relatively inexpensive. Passengers can anticipate collecting their luggage and going through customs control at their first port of entry, before continuing with other domestic flights. General information about flying into or from South Africa can be found at the Airports Company South Africa.

Pilanesberg International Airport, which adjoins Sun City, can be used for charter flights.

Travelling by road

The Blyde River Canyon Copyright: SA Tourism South Africa has an excellent network of well surfaced National and Provincial roads, varying from multi-lane toll roads, dual carriageways and two directional tar roads. More rural and remote destinations are normally serviced by tar or gravel roads. For your safety, we recommend that you plan to reach your destination before sunset.


Sun City is an approximately 2.5 hour drive by road from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Conference attendees should arrange their own transfer (suggested contacts below, please mention you will be attending the Wildfire Conference for logistic purposes).


Once at the conference, all venues are within a ten minute walk or a short shuttle trip, which is free. Shuttles travel throughout Sun City from early morning to late at night, so a car is not required if your accommodation is within Sun City.  If however, you are staying outside of Sun City, please check whether your hotel can provide transfers.


Company Name

 Website / Email

Phone number

GATS Leisure
(Annel Smith)


+27 (0) 12 460 0867 or
+27 (0) 83 263 0985


Touring by bus or coach

Intercity and inter province luxury busses are a cost effective means of travel. Use only reputable luxury coach companies. Go to www.southafrica.to for more information and bookings.

Touring by car

Touring by car is a very viable option as there is so much to do and see. All international car hire companies are represented in South Africa. Cars can be hired and collected from most airports. A car hire service is also available from Sun City, but a levy will be charged by the car hire company. Special tourism rates are often available if booked in advance from your country of residence. Tourism specials may also allow collection and drop off at different airports without a levy.

Touring by train

The Blue Train Travelling by train is limited to overnight sleepers between main centres as an alternative to flying and it is certainly a comfortable way to travel and see the countryside at the same time. Visit Shosholoza Meyl for train travel options or the Blue Train and Rovos Rail for more luxury travel and train holiday options. Commuter train transport is limited to dormitory towns in the close vicinity of a city. Security on commuter trains is not good and therefore local train travel is not recommended, with the exception of the Gautrain, running between Pretoria, OR Tambo International and Sandton City (Johannesburg).


Tourist Accommodation

Madikwe River Lodge Abundant, good, Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available across South Africa from approximately ZAR 350 per person per night in small towns to ZAR 700 pp per night in City/main centres. Accommodation styles range from budget self-catering cottages, to guest houses or luxury 5 star hotels. Most game reserves offer accommodation - and again, costs are very variable from self-catering huts and tented camps to 5 star luxury game lodges and often a tourism/conservation surcharge is levied. Check whether units are charged per person or per unit. Accommodation and entrance prices can be accessed via the websites below. Many of the well known international hotel chains have South African links or hotels in main centres.

For an overview of South Africa's tourism possibilities, visit www.southafrica.net.
Or download our touring suggestions here.