International Visitors

International Visitors2019-07-02T09:57:33+00:00

International Visitors

International lighting providers and suppliers wishing to attend Africa LED, will be able to source local distributors and partners, while also gaining insight into the vibrant African market. At the exhibition you will be able to find all the leading industry brands you know, and more.


Please check if you will need a Visa to visit South Africa. See the Department of Home Affairs’ list of countries exempt from South African visas. Simply pre-register online for your free visitor badge and you will receive confirmation of your registration which you can then use for your visa application.


Gallagher Convention Centre

Africa LED is taking place at the modern Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. It is based in Midrand, which is easily accessible from neighbouring countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe with direct connections into the OR Tambo International Airport, which is not far from the Gallagher Convention Centre by the Gautrain (a modern high speed train) and a newly upgraded freeway infrastructure.

OR Tambo International Airport

Gallagher Convention Centre is just 45 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, the country’s leading air terminal, serving 30,000 travellers daily. Airport-approved operators provide train, taxi, bus and shuttle services between the terminal and Gallagher. There is quite a bit of traffic in and around Johannesburg so train (Gautrain) can be the most effective and quick transport method.

Train (Gautrain)

The Gautrain has a station at the OR Tambo Airport, Sandton, and Midrand where the Gallagher Convention Centre is located. Single fares can be purchased at the station. Or a Gold Card can be purchased for R12 which can be topped-up with credit and used on journeys (gaining a small discount on fares).
Peak single fares are priced as follows:
To/From OR Tambo & Sandtown R125
To/From OR Tambo & Midrand R135
To/From Sandton & Midrand R26

Taxi Services

The Uber app connects you with a driver at the tap of a button. Available on the App Store or get it on Google play.
Taxi Service Johannesburg can cater to all transportation needs, whether you require a drive home after a night out on the town, to and from work, a lift to the airport or shuttle services we will cater to your every need. They also do day tours, including trips to Sun City, SAB world of Beer, Lion Park, Gold Reef City, The Lion Park, Apartheid Museum, Rhino Park, Lesedi Cultural Village and SO much more in our Cabs. Pat a tame cheetah at the Lion Park, enjoy the valley of the waves at Sun City or a Day out at Gold Reef City Theme Park Rates are dependant on time, distance and location.


The venue is half an hour from the Sandton area, which is an ideal location for international visitors to stay during their visit. It has a large choice of hotels, fantastic selection of restaurants at Nelson Mandela Square, shopping and night life. Midrand also offers accommodation, but has less amenities.
You can take the Gautrain to and from the venue, or if you wish to take a taxi they are available and we recommend you to do this through your hotel.


Why not take time after the exhibition to see some of the breath taking sites Johannesburg has to offer and soak up the beautiful winter sun. Whether it is a safari trip just a couple of hours drive from Johannesburg or a visit to the Aparheid Museum.

XL Protea Travel are the official agency for travel, hotel and sightseeing packages, please contact:
Maritza van Niekerk
Tel: +27 (0)11 805-3120 _Email:

We will arrange a special deal with the following hotels:

City Lodge Waterfall City

Tel: +27 10 065 0000

Situated in the heart of the Waterfall City commercial district, this hotel is in close proximity to the restaurants of Waterfall Corner, only 15 minutes from Sandton’s CBD, 5 minutes from Midrand’s CBD and the Gautrain station, and 40 minutes from the CBD’s of Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is also close to many major conference venues such as Gallagher Convention Centre and Kyalami Racetrack & Exhibition Centre and the Netcare Waterfall City Hospital. In time to come, the future ‘Mall of Africa’ will be this hotel’s neighbour.

Garden Court Sandton City Hotel
Tel (+27 11) 269 7000

Located in Sandton. It offers complimentary shuttles from 06h00 to 20h30 between the hotel and the Sandton Gautrain station. Guests will need to call the hotel switchboard upon arrival at the Sandton station for the shuttle to be dispatched for transfer. For airport transfers, coach, bus and shuttle services, the Garden Court Sandton City recommends Professional Passenger Services! For all bookings please contact the transport desk at

Empire Executive Apartments and Hotel
177 Empire Place/Cnr Rivonia Road
Sandhurst, Sandton
Tel: (+27 11) 911 5000 Email:

Accommodation in Midrand
The Midrand Villa Tuscanna (4*) is at the top entrance of Gallagher and the Mecure Inn (3*) is at the bottom entrance.

Please contact Maryna from +27 (0) 82 448 6680

Average Temperatures

Winter in South Africa (May to July) is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights, sometimes with heavy frosts. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes.