There are a variety of airlines that fly to South Africa. We recommend flying into Johannesburg OR Tambo International.
We currently do not recommend flying with South African Airways as the future of this airline is not certain.
Most volunteers arrive in Johannesburg, spend a night and catch the bus to Polokwane the following day. We will collect you the following day from Polokwane International Airport or Bus Station and transfer you to the research centre from there.
Usually your flight will not arrive in time to catch a bus to Polokwane on the same day, so you will likely need to stay overnight.
You can stay in Pretoria. In Pretoria one of the safest parts of the city is Hatfield. Due to the current Covid-19 situation hostel and hotel availability is constantly changing so please contact us for the most up to date information.
You can catch the Gautrain directly from the airport. If using the Gautrain you will first need to buy a gold card from a machine and load credit onto your card at the same time. The price from the airport to Pretoria or Hatfield stations is R174 for a single trip (these prices are subject to change, for up to date information on fares you can check the website http://join.gautrain .co.za/Fares.aspx). For Pretoria/Hatfield you will need to take the yellow airport line towards Sandton, change lines at Marlboro, and then get on the red north-south commuter line towards Hatfield.
To get to Pretoria Bus Station from the Gautrain you need to get off at Pretoria. Leave the Gautrain station and take a left, then walk about 100 metres to the bus station.
Once in Johannesburg/Pretoria you will need to take a coach to Polokwane (also known as Pietersburg). Due to the current Covid-19 situation bus and shuttle availability is constantly changing so please contact us for help with arranging your travel.
When you arrive in Polokwane we will pick you up from here and transport you to the research centre. This transfer is included in the rent you pay, and has no additional cost. You will have the opportunity to do grocery shopping once you arrive, before you are transferred to the research centre.