From our Upington Airport Car Hire depot you have the choice to travel great distances. Opportunities, into the Kgalagadi National Park, Isis Fish River Canyon and the Augrabies Falls National Park of South Africa. Being close to South Africa and Botswana you may choose to travel south and east into these countries. Subject to border terms and conditions pertaining at the time ….. a great starting point …
Upington is a farming town established back in 1870. Since 1880 the town has expanded rapidly and is now is the commercial, agricultural and educational centre of the Gordonia district. The town situated on the banks of the Orange River. Upington is an agricultural region and is renowned for growing export-quality grapes, raisins and wines.
Upington Airport runway.
At 4900 metres, (almost 5km) the runway 17/35 is one of the longest runways in the world. This is longer than the new King Shaka Airport in Durban. During the days of sanction & embargo’s South African Airways where not allowed to over-fly African countries. Instead SAA flew around the “Bulge of Africa”. A longer route requiring greater fuel loads to achieve the non stop distances.
Heavily loaded Boeing 747s
The heavy fuel laden Boeing 747 needed longer runways to take off. European bound long haul flight’s would take off from Johannesburg (at 1680m above sea level). Fly eastwards towards Upington Airport with a light fuel load, landing at Upington to refuel. Upington Airport nearer the Atlantic Sea board has an altitude of only 844m. At this low altitude the air and oxygen levels are denser/thicker and therefore greatly improving the flying conditions. This made it possible for the heavily loaded mighty Boeing 747SP able to lift off for the long haul flight to Europe.
Car Hire Upington Airport
The gateway to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, the flowers of Namaqualand and the Richtersveld. The one major river of South Africa, the Orange River passes through Upington on its way to Augrabies Falls National Park and onto the Atlantic Ocean. The waters of the Orange river pass through many dry desolate areas of South Africa. It is considered the lifeblood for many small towns along its banks. Hence very little of the river water ever reaches the Atlantic, much like the Colorado River in America.
We strongly advise that you book your low cost flights and economical car hire on line well in advance. Upington Airport, being a small town can lead to a shortage of car hire. This is particularly important if you have made plains to travel further. You would be well advised to pre book your Upington Airport Car Hire well in advance. Early booking of flights is always cheaper. Last minute bookings can work out to be expensive.