Hotels in and around the Kempton Park suburb
The city of Kempton Park is perched between South Africa’s commercial and cultural capital, Johannesburg, and the gorgeous town of Pretoria. Mainly residential, this city also has an industrial sector, and is home to the OR Tambo International Airport. This sets it apart in terms of convenience and accessibility for travellers entering into and leaving South Africa. It is also the residence of the famous Emperor’s Palace Casino and a luxurious 5-star hotel, amongst many other attractions. Although it is small, Kempton Park features many such tourist conveniences.
Karl Wolff owned the Zuurfontein farm that lay in the region (now known as Kempton Park) in the early 1900’s. In 1903, he split the property into smaller residential stands. He named this newly-formed village Kempten, which later became Kempton Park. It was only in 1992 that this area was declared a city, under the governing of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.
Kempton Park benefits from the international airport, OR Tambo, as this allows it to become a base from which to explore the rest of southern Africa. This airport is sizeable and busy with flights to and from the world over.
Visitors to Kempton Park are advised to hire a car (satellite navigation or GPS is essential) or to take a formal taxi or cab. It is not wise to make use of the minibus taxis, particularly if you are not familiar with the local customs and languages. These vehicles are known for their reckless driving and lack of certification. The traffic in Kempton Park, Johannesburg and Pretoria is busy; commonly characterised by either congestion or high-speed driving.
Gauteng is the shopping Mecca of South Africa, characterised by speciality stores and one-of-a-kind pieces. Shopping centres remain a firm favourite amongst visitors and locals alike. East Rand Mall is just one of these centres in Kempton Park that promises hours of delight for the entire family.
The Kempton Park Golf Course in Spartan was the learning ground of golfing great, Ernie Els. It boasts a 19th hole and is open to visitors on weekdays.
Summer in South Africa extends between December and March while winter is from June to August. Winters in Kempton Park are cold and rainy (approximately 10 to 18 degrees Celsius during the day). Summers are hot, with temperatures soaring to over 30 degrees Celsius at noon. This area and its surrounds experience summer thunderstorms in the afternoon, which cool the land and its residents considerably.
Kempton Park is not listed as a malaria-threatened area. However, the rural areas, as well as the many game parks surrounding Gauteng, have been known for their rare malaria infections. Visitors that are planning a trip to South Africa and / or surrounding countries are advised to consult with a travel doctor to learn about what precautions are necessary for your particular itinerary.
Insect repellent and sunscreen are essential in South Africa, regardless of the time of year that you visit. In addition to high-factor, thick barrier creams, be sure to wear light, cotton clothing that covers exposed areas.
It is advised that you bring your prescriptions for spectacles and medication so that you can restock at a local pharmacy without having to consult with a doctor. Ensure that your tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.
There are areas within Kempton Park that you will do well to avoid. Consult with your tour operator and/or hotel so that you may be aware of where these places are. When walking around the city centre and malls, or while using public transport (including tour busses), be aware of your personal belongings. Do not leave anything unattended, and do not accept help from strangers, especially if it requires handing over your bank cards, photographic equipment, etc…