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The established town of Kempton Park falls under the East Rand and lies to the north east of Johannesburg, a mix of residential and industrial zones.
Kempton Park is best known for being the home of the Impala jet, styled on the Italian Macchi jet and built under licence during the 1960s. The government recruited top engineers from at least 12 nations to build the jet which was used for over 40 years by South Africa’s aerobatic team, the Silver Falcons, for military excursions and for pilot training. Many of the foreign engineers remained and today Kempton Park is fairly cosmopolitan.
Kempton Park has a sophisticated arterial road network linking it to all major centres – primarily for access to Johannesburg’s international airport which is located here. The modern Gautrain (high speed train) operates from Kempton Park to Johannesburg, Sandton and Midrand.
With a large casino, international hotels and the airport, Kempton Park is a convenient destination for travellers to the Gauteng Province.
Top 6 reasons to visit Kempton Park
1. Try and beat the odds at Emperor’s Palace, a sprawling gaming and entertainment venue with onsite restaurants, late night theatre, cinema complex and Jupiter’s, a secure children’s entertainment area with chill room, snack bar, DVD theatre and PlayStation zone.
2. Several shopping facilities are located in Kempton Park, from small strip malls to large retail outlets. Recommended centres are the Kempton Gate Mall, Glenacres Shopping Centre and Woodbridge Square. Shop at the Festival Mall while the children ice skate at the rink alongside.
3. Go birding at the Bullfrog Pan in neighbouring Benoni where well over 100 bird species have been recorded. The paths are well signposted to prevent straying into ecologically sensitive areas. Look out for the giant bullfrog after heavy rains.
4. The Kempton Park Golf Club’s claim to fame is that multiple British Open and... Show more
For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.