Plane Spotting Johannesburg

Protea O.R. Tambo
Hotel Description   
Location: *** Good location for plane spotting at Johannesburg Airport. The hotel is located across the road from the long term parking area where the day stopping long haul aircraft park up.
Spotting: *** Good views of the long term parking apron, taxiway to 21R and Runway 21R. A good telescope or SBS would be required to get the smaller movements. Room number 547 gives the views below (any airport facing room on 5th floor should offer similar views). A free shuttle bus 0600-2300 takes you to the terminals and associated viewing decks.
Photos: ** Shots as below from the hotel window.
Value: ** From around £70 per room per night. 
Book:    For further details please click on AGODA to be taken directly to the hotel information page 
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Apron view from the room. Credit Andy Rackham The window can only be opened that far Traffic on the runway can be obstructed by parked planes in the foreground

  

The Southern Sun Johannesburg Airport
Hotel Description   
Location: *** Perfect location for plane spotting at Johannesburg Airport. The hotel is located within walking distance of the 2 terminals although the safer shuttle bus is the better option !
Spotting: ** Rooms 607/8/9 have reported good views or departures as well as part of the apron. Previous organised group tours have been given permission to use the roof of the hotel, great views can be had if you are able to talk the manager into giving you access. Otherwise we suggest you catch the shuttle bus for the short hop to use the official spotting decks on the terminal.
Photos: ** Not reported although hotel roof access should give possibilities. If no joy with the roof good quality shots can be taken from the spotting decks at the terminal.
Value: ** From around £70 per room per night. 
Book:    For further details please go the the  Booking.com or lastminute.com 
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Birchwood Hotel
Free shuttle bus to the airport and also to the nearby East Rand Mall. The hotel is also within walking distance of local restaurants and fast food establishments such as McDonalds. A local Spar shop is also just a short walk away. The hotel also has a nice sized swimming pool.
Location: ** Situated on short final to Runway 03R
Spotting: ** Certain high level rooms in the hotel complex should have views of Runways 03L/R. Flight tracking software would help for the far runway of the two. The lodges will probably not have views due to their low height. We do however have great reports from the hotel parking lot area which gives good views of the approach to both Runway 03R as well as 03L arrivals in the distance.
Photos: *** Great landing shots can be taken from the car park area of the hotel in the morning when the sun is behind you. A 80-300 lens is sufficient for all of the aircraft types.
Value: *** Great value. From around £39 per room per night. 
Book:   For further details please click on  AGODA who generally offer very good prices at this hotel
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Great shots can be had from the Birchwood car park  Great results can be had in the morning  Photo credit Marco van Halum
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  • PSHcom

    3 photos added demonstrating the great shots available from the Birchwood Hotel Car Park

  • David Fogwill

    The top floor rooms at both the Protea OR Tambo and Southern Sun are doubles.

  • Chris Mahaffy

    The hotel itself is excellent, good value and has a good restaurant. Unlimited bacon for breakfast with HP sauce. You must get a top (5th) floor room, as far to the left as possible. The window, although small, opens, and excellent shots are possible.(need 300mm+ though). With fr24 (needed) you will get most everything. Free shuttle to airport. Note Air Austral F-O… pigs are only 2x a week…..