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Airport Codes:

IATA: PHW
ICAO: FAPH


Distances from PHW to:

Phalaborwa 3 miles
Nelspruit 125 miles
Polokwane 127 miles
Maputo 233 miles


Nearest Major Airports:

5 km: Hendrik Van Eck Airport Africa (PHW)
211 km: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP)
212 km: Polokwane International Airport (PTG)
412 km: Maputo International Airport (MPM)

Car Hire Phalaborwa

Phalaborwa Airport Guide

Henrik Van Eck Airport in Phalaborwa is small as it only services one route; to Johannesburg. The airport has a limited number of facilities but provided you go well prepared you shouldn’t encounter any inconveniences. Its size does mean that getting through after landing is quick and there are hire cars available at the airport. Procedures on the day of departure are also smooth and quick.


Phalaborwa Airport Directions

The airport is to the east of the city, right on the edge of the urban boundary and it’s easy to get into the centre by following the R71, Henrik Van Eck Street west as it leaves the airport.


Phalaborwa Airport Parking

Phalaborwa Airport has plenty of parking for the small number of passengers that use it. It’s become a popular way of getting into the town and also for the locals to get to the bright lights of Jo’burg. You’ll find parking there for the less mobile and there’s usually someone on hand to help if you need assistance.


Phalaborwa Airport Flight Information

Phalaborwa Airport has only one route and that’s to Johannesburg. It’s much easier to fly into Johannesburg from Europe or the UK and take a connecting flight there than fly to the nearest international airport – again Johannesburg, and hire a car there for a journey of several hundred miles.  


Hotels Near Phalaborwa Airport

There are plenty of fabulous places to stay in Phalaborwa and all of them very reasonably priced. Try the La Lechere Guest House. It’s so much more than that and offers four star accommodation with an attractive pool for only £48 a night.  We also like the Sefapane Lodge and Safaris, only a kilometre from the edge of the Kruger National Park and again, great value at £72 a night.


Phalaborwa Time Zone

Phalaborwa is two hours ahead of GMT and is in the South African Standard Time Zone (GMT+2)

Phalaborwa Info

Phalaborwa is becoming a very popular tourist destination. It’s ideally located to serve travellers to the Kruger National Park as well as having many worthy sights of its own. The town is very traditional looking in places and many of the places to stay try to be in keeping with the natural surroundings. Nearby Blyde River Canyon is nearly as spectacular as the Grand Canyon in places as is God’s Window where you’ll get a stunning viewpoint high in the Drakensberg Mountains.

Phalaborwa Trivia:

  • The region around the city has the largest man-made hole in Africa – the open cast coal mine of the Palabora Mining Company
  • Phalaborwa has the highest winter temperatures of any South African city
  • It’s located on the eastern border of the world famous Kruger National Park
  • Also nearby is the lesser known but no less spectacular Blyde River Canyon
  • The name of the town means ‘better than the south’ and was named by migrating tribes moving north
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