Book Cheap Flights to Phalaborwa

Find out more

About Phalaborwa

Phalaborwa is a beautiful town situated in the Limpopo province of South Africa. With around 13,000 residents, Phalaborwa is one of the jewels of South Africa. The town is well-known for its unspoiled scenery, tropical gardens, and an abundance of game and birdlife. Touristic attractions include the famous Kruger National Park, the Amarula Lapa and Elephant river safaris.

Cheap flights to Phalaborwa are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to fully relax in this wonderful town. Phalaborwa is home to Hendrik van Eck Airport (PHW), also known as Phalaborwa Airport. This airport is located on a 5-minute drive from the city centre and exclusively serves South African Airways flights, operated by Airlink. Non-stop domestic flights to Phalaborwa depart from Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Why visit Phalaborwa

Giraffe Kruger National Park Phalaborwa


Phalaborwa borders one of South Africa’s top attractions, the Kruger National Park. Seize the opportunity to discover the Big 5, one of the country’s treasures.

Blyde River Canyon Views Phalaborwa


The location that Phalaborwa offers gives you access to the gorgeous locations of the Limpopo province, including Blyde River Canyon, the Rondavels, and God’s Window.

Local Wine Picnic Phalaborwa

Exceptional Culture

Discover the indigenous Ba-Phalaborwa tribe, admire the works of the local artists, and treat your senses to the drinks made from the marula fruit in the surrounding area.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country South Africa
Currency South African Rand
Language Tsonga / Northern Sotho / Afrikaans
Hub Airport Hendrik van Eck Airport (PHW)
Airline Airlink
Time Zone GMT + 2
Travel Adaptor Type D / M / N

Best time to visit Phalaborwa

Phalaborwa experiences warm to hot temperatures with low to medium rainfall throughout the year. The summer period (December – February) brings the heat to above 30°C and rainfall over 100 millimetres, making this the low season and one which most tourists would avoid. If you want a quieter holiday, more availability and cheaper hotel rates, this is the time to visit. March to October (autumn through to spring) offer slightly less heat and lower rainfall, making this period the most popular time to visit, and one you should avoid, unless you are willing to pay higher accommodation costs and having to rub shoulders with crowds of tourists exploring Phalaborwa.

Weather & Climate in Phalaborwa

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 20°C 19°C 16°C 13°C 9°C 10°C 12°C 15°C 17°C 18°C 20°C
High °C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 27°C 25°C 25°C 26°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 104 89 73 27 15 4 9 6 19 37 68 92


Phalaborwa offers amazing scenery that includes tropical gardens and a wealth of game and birdlife. It’s a destination that functions as a conservancy, putting you close to the top attractions of the region, including Blyde River Canyon, the Cycad forest and God’s Window.

The town of Phalaborwa gives you the chance to break away from the rush of city life, yet it is close enough to buzzing destinations like Tzaneen, Hoedspruit and Giyani. Discover the culture of the town, which includes learning about the Ba-Phalaborwa Tribe, who still live in Phalaborwa. Find out what your future holds at a traditional Sangoma or try some of the traditional marula beer as you enjoy the unique entertainment of tribal dances and music performances.

Phalaborwa is clearly one of the jewels of South Africa.

Visa & Customs

Anyone wishing to visit South Africa will have to obtain a Tourist Visa, which is valid for a period of 90 days. The documents you need to apply for one include your passport/travel document (with two blank pages available), the relevant form and proof of financial means. Visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs for more information (

Health & Safety

The Centres for Disease Control recommend that travellers get all the routine vaccinations four to six weeks before visiting South Africa. Additional vaccinations you should get, depending on what you will be doing in Phalaborwa, include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, malaria, and rabies.

While exploring the town, make sure to be alert and keep your valuables in a secure place on your person and out of sight. Avoid travelling anywhere alone, especially at night.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 25.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 22.34
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 10.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 37.50

Where to stay?

A variety of hotels, guest houses and lodges are available throughout Phalaborwa. Many of these establishments include features such as dining facilities, gardens, free Wi-Fi, pools and breakfast. The cost of staying at these accommodation offers range from under R 500 to over R 20 000. The most popular of these venues include Bushveld Terrace Hotel & Guest House, Sefapane Lodge and Safaris, and Hans Merensky Hotel and Spa.

Get Around

There are plenty of public transport options to travel around Phalaborwa, including buses, trains, taxis as well as minibus-taxis. The roads are well developed and you will be able to travel to major destinations like Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Main attractions in Phalaborwa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

God’s Window

God’s Window

Amarula Lapa

Amarula Lapa

Why book with us
  • Bringing you the best fares from all airlines
  • Expert assistance from booking to departure
  • Online destinations for planning your travels
Already Booked your Flight?

Explore our Hotel listings:

  • 1000's of options worldwide
  • Best prices
  • Great service
Personalised Assistance

Need help with your booking? Contact our expert Travelbar agents for guidance and booking assistance

  • 0861 878 278

Download our app

Free for iPhones and Andriod