From the moment your plane touches down at Phalaborwa Airport and you walk towards the thatched building which serves as the arrivals and departures hall, you will know you are in the bushveld. This tiny air terminal, which is also known as Hendrik Van Eck Airport, is sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the town’s perimeter - and it shows. You can look straight into natural indigenous bush from the moment you set foot on the tarmac and amble towards our Avis Phalaborwa Airport branch located just past the baggage terminal.
Better than the South
Set off down the access road lined with dense thornveld after picking up your Avis hire car, and you will enter the town of Phalaborwa within seconds. Officially the town is known as Ba-Phalaborwa (‘better than the south’), which was the name given to it by the local Sotho people who have been mining copper in this area since 400 AD.
The name rings true in several ways – with the highest winter temperatures in South Africa, an abundance of safari opportunities, and an excellent hospitality ethos, this thriving little hub is a delight from May to August every year. Summer temperatures can be over 30 degrees - sending every living thing scuttling for cover in deep shade during daylight hours.
A wonderland of wildness
Phalaborwa is just 3 kilometres from the entrance to the Kruger National Park and is almost completely surrounded by private nature reserves and wilderness areas, perfect for exploring with your Avis hire car.
From here you can take part in safari drives and walks or even play a round of golf. In your ‘donwtime’, experience a true South African braai, or simply relax at one of the secluded lodges found in town and further afield.
Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure you will find welcoming hospitality wherever you go in Phalaborwa. For a sublimely luxurious stay, check in to the Hans Merensky Hotel on the outskirts of town, or if you prefer to save your pounds (euros or dollars), the Beverly Hills Guest Lodge offers a comfortable stopover close to the airport.
Phalaborwa Opencast Mine Viewpoint
Phalaborwa is an industrious mining town and home to one of the largest copper mines in the world. Cast your eyes over Africa’s widest man-made hole, and beyond, to the gorgeous landscapes of Limpopo and the Kruger National Park for a few awe-inspiring moments from this elevated lookout.
Kruger National Park
This epic Big Five conservation area is world-renowned for its conservation successes and unique safari opportunities. Letaba Rest Camp is just over an hour’s drive from Phalaborwa in your Avis hire car and offers a range of accommodation options. The camp has a restaurant, views over the Letaba River and an interesting Elephant Museum which showcases the Big Tuskers of Kruger, past and present. Keep a lookout for these large mammals as you make your way through the park – this is their stomping ground!
Take your Avis hire car in a southerly direction on a day trip to Hoedspruit, which is home to the Mohololo Rehabilitation Centre, Balloon Safaris over the bushveld, Khamai Reptile Park and several private nature reserves.
As a gateway to the great reserves and parks of South Africa, Phalaborwa offers you every opportunity to experience Limpopo at its best with your Avis hire Car.