Home to the golf course where South African professional Ernie Els learned to play, Kempton Park lies in the far north-east of Johannesburg. It comprises numerous residential suburbs and the township of Tembisa, as well as a sprawling mall and cinema complex.
Things to do in Kempton Park
Need some retail therapy? Festival Mall is a large shopping complex at the heart of Kempton Park that’s packed with fashion and sporting goods stores and supermarkets. Grab a bite to eat in one of the restaurants, pull on a pair of skates at the Festival Ice Rink or see the latest blockbusters at the Ster-Kinekor cinemas.
The Kempton Park Golf Club features 18 challenging holes, a putting green and a practice bunker where you can hone your skills. Experience the fairways where Ernie Els, or Big Easy", started his illustrious career and enjoy a post-game meal or drink at the clubhouse.
Kempton Park makes an ideal base for exploring the sights of Johannesburg, including the poignant Apartheid Museum and the former prison at Constitution Hill. Follow in the footsteps of inmates such as Nelson Mandela at the Old Fort Museum and learn about the conditions his wife Winnie endured while she was imprisoned at the Women’s Jail.
Experience the modern buzz of Johannesburg at the lively Maboneng Precinct, where you’ll find art galleries, eclectic cafes and produce markets. Explore the studios and boutiques that now inhabit the former warehouses or catch an indie film at the Bioscope cinema.
Getting around Kempton Park
O.R. Tambo International Airport is located in the far south of Kempton Park. Regular buses connect the city to Johannesburg, with a private vehicle the most convenient way of getting around.