Kempton Park was first conceived on the 25 October 1859 when the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (Z.A.R.) issued a title deed for part of the farm Zuurfontein. The actual settlement was established in 1903 on the farm itself and it is said to have been named after Kempten in Germany, home of the owner of the farm, Karl F Wolff. Another possible origin of the name is from the Kempton Park horse racing centre in England.

Kempton Park falls under the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality which is a Category A municipality and covers an extensive area from Germiston in the west to Springs and Nigel in the east.

O. R. Tambo International Airport (Africa’s busiest airport) is located in Kempton Park. In 1952 the airport, then known as Jan Smuts International Airport, was built on land next to the community, and opened in 1953. The airport’s name was changed to Johannesburg International Airport in the late 1990s and then to OR Tambo International Airport in 2006. OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni is the largest and busiest airport in Africa. A thoroughly modern and state-of-the-art airport, OR Tambo International handles more than 19 million passengers per year and employs more than 18,000 people.

Kempton Park Suburbs

Kempton Park was declared a City in 1992 and has the following suburbs:

Kempton Park West
Van Riebeeck Park
Glen Marais
Norkem Park
Allen Grove
Nimrod Park
Bonaero Park
Esther Park
Aston Manor
Birch Acres
Birchleigh North
Tembisa is a large township situated to the north of Kempton Park in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa. It was established in 1957 when people were resettled from Alexandra and other areas in Edenvale, Kempton Park, Midrand and Germiston.

Areas near to Kempton Park

Benoni 25 km’s away

Boksburg 25 km’s away

Edenvale 16km’s away

Bedfordview 20 km’s away

Kempton Park Attractions

Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate

This modern residential golf estate outside Johannesburg has been designed to incorporate wide open spaces and indigenous wildlife to give residents and visitors a feeling of being in the countryside.

The environs include 7 km’s of wetlands, a variety of buck and birdlife and the spectacular Serengeti Golf Course. The golf course was designed by golfing great Jack Nicklaus and joins an elite group of only five Nicklaus signature courses in South Africa.

Serengeti comprises an 18-hole course, named Masai Mara, which has a rugged grassland and dune scape look and feel. A second 18-hole championship par 3 course called Whistling Thorn is currently under construction and will be the only course of this type in South Africa when it opens in first quarter of 2019.

After your round enjoy drinks and lunch on the deck at the clubhouse while looking out over the serene course and surrounding parkland.

Contact Details

Phone: +27 (0)11 552 7200

Emperors Palace hotel

Located next to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Emperor’s Palace is one of the most popular conference venues in Johannesburg and is also one of the biggest casinos in the Ekurhuleni region. Dubbed the ‘Palace of Dreams’ the casino is an opulent Roman themed fantasy with huge Romanesque statues and colourful frescoed interiors.

The Casino offers more than 1700 slot machines
The Casino offers more than 1700 slot machines (Image: Emperor’s Palace)

Guests can choose from four hotels, ranging from the mid-range to the five star D’Oreale Grande and there are a variety of restaurants and bars to visit within the casino complex, as well as the Barnyard Theatre and the Theatre of Marcellus.

The huge conference centre has 29 different venues and can host up to 3,000 delegates and the airport is a short shuttle bus ride away.

For gamblers, there are more than 1700 slot machines and over 60 different tables, plus a private high rollers lounge and smoking casino. For late night drinks after cashing in your winnings the Mark Anthony’s Cigar Lounge is a popular choice.

Other entertainment options include a NuMetro cinema complex, the Barnyard Theatre and the Theatre of Marcellus which is often the venue for concerts, stand-up comedy and cabaret shows. For dinner take your pick from local chains like Nandos, Ocean Basket, Spur or Col’cacchio and if you want to spend the afternoon relaxing then visit the Roman bathhouse themed day spa Octavia’s.

Contact details

Physical Address

64 Jones Road, Kempton Park Johannesburg, South Africa

Phone: +27 (0)11 928 1000


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Key Statistics 2011

Total population 171,575
Young (0-14) 21,6%
Working Age (15-64) 72,6%
Elderly (65+) 5,8%
Dependency ratio 37,7
Sex ratio 96,1
Population density 1151 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+ 1,2%
Higher education aged 20+ 35,2%
Matric aged 20+ 41,6%
Number of households 53,777
Average household size 2,9
Female headed households 29,5%
Formal dwellings 97,3%
Housing owned/paying off 55,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 95,5%
Weekly refuse removal 95,3%
Piped water inside dwelling 91,6%
Electricity for lighting 98,3%