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Kempton Park, South Africa Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 30
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,750
Average Hotel Room Rate ZAR 1,392
Average Daily Meal Cost ZAR 783
Average Weekly Car Rental ZAR 1,740

Kempton Park, South Africa Meeting Planning Overview

Between Pretoria and Johannesburg (but closer to the latter), Kempton Park is named not for the British horse-racing course but for the town of Kempten in Bavaria, where the town's founder was born. It is also home of OR Tambo International Airport (which makes it very convenient) and to the World Trade Centre, which played a pivotal role in the ending of apartheid, when it was used for discussions between various interested parties. Kempton Park event venues benefit all this activity, as well as tourism.

Groups may fly into OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), which connects to destinations from all over the world, including from Atlanta, New York and Washington, DC-Dulles.

There are no dedicated convention venues in Kempton Park; the nearest is Sandton Convention Center (connected by train), which has 220,000 square feet of function space on four levels catering to up to 10,000 persons and including The Pavilion hosting up to 4,500 on its own.

Hotel venues in Kempton Park able to host events include several at OR Tambo International Airport: the 366-room Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport, which has eight meeting spaces for up to 530 persons; the 196-room Peermont D'oreale Grande at Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino & Convention Resort, which has a Las Vegas feel to it, is part of the Emperor's Palace hotel and entertainment complex and has an art gallery, several restaurants and lots of outdoor nooks and crannies for events; and the 138-room InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport, which is almost inside the airport, so close is it, and has nine meeting rooms and other spaces for up to 140 persons. The 87-room Protea Hotel Transit OR Tambo International Airport is inside the airport, before customs and thus cannot be used by guests already on South African soil, while a choice in Kempton Park but away from the runways is the nine-room, luxury African Rock Hotel, which has a boardroom for up to 20 persons, tropical gardens, a large pool and lots of style and African grace.

Unique venues in the area include the Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Resort, just across the R21 freeway from Kempton Park, which is named for Tanzania's famous safari spot and has 27 holes of golf, some designed by Jack Nicklaus, extensive wetlands, huge areas of land full of animals and birds, a banquet hall for 250 persons, a boardroom and the excellent Restaurant E18hteen for 40 persons; African Silhouette Guesthouse, right on the border of Kempton Park (technically in Benoni), which has 40 guest rooms, large gardens and a tent that can be erected for up to 150 persons; Safari Club, which has a boardroom for 16 persons, 16 guest rooms and a litany of safaris to chose from; Nkanga Lodge, which also exudes the essence of Africa and has meeting space for 30 persons and 17 guest rooms, and Golden Ponds Function Venue, which also sits on a fair amount of land and can host weddings, parties and corporate get-togethers.

There are not as many good group venues in Kempton Park as you might think there would be in this tony neighborhood, and the ones there are, except the Villa Bianca Mediterranean Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant, which has a pub, a lounge, conference facilities, outdoor patio and a private dining room, are at the airport or in the often over-the-top Emperor's Palace, including fine-dining Aurelia, with 90 seats, and Mozambican, Brazilian and Angola Braza, which has 257 seats. A choice at the InterContinental is Quills, which does have a huge mobile of porcupine quills, as well as exotic menu choices such as springbok, warthog and crocodile; while at the Southern Sun is Bernoulli's, an Italian restaurant.

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