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Lanseria, The Perfect Out of Town Destination
Lanseria is situated to the northwest of the city of Johannesburg towards the outer regions of Randburg. Although visitors to the area get the feeling of being away from it all, Lanseria is in fact just 20 minutes from Sandton, next door to Midrand and Fourways and less than an hours ride to Pretoria. Croc City, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and the Lion Park are all nearby attractions that are well worth the visit.
Lanseria is situated within the Cradle of Humankind which has been declared a World Heritage Site. The most famous of the 13 excavated fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is the Sterkfontein Caves. The caves are recognised as the most longstanding continuous palaeoanthropological dig in the world. The Sterkfontein Visitor Centre houses an extraordinary hominid exhibition hall with highly informative displays, a 128-seat auditorium, a charming souvenir shop and a restaurant offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
You can also take in a guided tour of the caves themselves, which descend 60 metres below the ground.
There are many excellent accommodation and conference venues in and around Lanseria. We recommend Shumba Valley Lodge where visitors are treated to absolute peace within a country setting. The venue is set within 50 acres of ground and the delightful smell of thatch makes one relax immediately. They have 70 bedrooms on offer all equipped with modern facilities. Shumba Valley Lodge is also an excellent location for the out of town conference or corporate event.
Lanseria Airport is one of the four airports located in the Greater Johannesburg Region, and the busiest in Africa in terms of aircraft movement per day. Lanseria Airport is ideally situated for corporate jets traveling to Johannesburg or Pretoria. With the recent expansion of the Main Terminal building (completed in 2002) and the upgrade of all the runways and taxiways, Lanseria is more geared than ever before to meet and exceed, the high demands of international aviation.
Lanseria International Airport is ideally located with Sandton in close proximity. Easy access is obtained by utilising the existing N14 and N1 highway infrastructure, which again provides easy access to the West Rand, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria.
Lanseria International Airport complies with all the stringent standards set by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The airport also regularly exceeds the requirements set by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). All the relevant government departments such as Immigration, Border Police (SAPS), SARS (Customs and Excise), Health, Nature Conservation, Agriculture, National Intelligence and Veterinarian Services are also represented at the airport. For the transportation of live animals, animal products and agricultural products, prior notification is required.
The Airport first started to take shape in 1972, when two Pretoria pilots foresaw the need for a general aviation airport to the West of Johannesburg. Despite bad weather conditions during the construction, and a shortage of steel for the hangers, the international airport was completed on schedule, and was officially opened to air traffic on 16 August 1974. On that day, a Lear jet ZS-MTD became the first jet to land at Lanseria.