The captivating southernmost country of South Africa is an exciting year-round destination offering a wide range of attractions for intrepid travellers. Whether you arrive on cheap flights to South Africa for game watching, hiking, whale watching, botanic gardens, shopping or surfing, you can rest assured you’ll never be wanting for things to do. Most flights to South Africa land in Cape Town or Johannesburg – Cape Town is the oldest but most progressive city, while Johannesburg is a base for famous wildlife reserve, Kruger National Park. Peak season for travel to South Africa is from November to March when the weather is warm and sunny, with dramatic thunderstorms and heavy rains in the afternoons. The South African main school holidays are from mid-December to mid-January, so avoid seaside resorts as they will be busy and accommodation prices jump markedly. It is best to avoid travelling to South Africa at Easter too as there is a 10 day school holiday allocated.
The winter months (June to August) are cold and wet in the inland areas, with snowfall on the mountain ranges, but for the Cape this is the ‘green season’ and nature lovers may find cheap flights to South Africa at this time. Some areas such as east coast of Kwazulu-Natal are best visited in winter when the humidity drops.
It depends what you want to see and do once you’ve arrived on your flights to South Africa. If game watching at Kruger National Park is your top priority then book flight tickets between May and September. If you want to surf and dive, then summer is the best time for water based activities. Spring and autumn are considered ideal for hiking when the weather is cooler. Avoid travel during periods such as school holidays, Christmas and Easter.
Flights from Sydney to South Africa – 14 hours.
Flights from Melbourne to South Africa – 16 hours 35 minutes.
Flights from Brisbane to South Africa – 16 hours 40 minutes.
Flights from Perth to South Africa – 10 hours 45 minutes.
Qantas operates direct flights to South Africa from Sydney, and indirectly from Melbourne and Brisbane. Other airlines that fly from Australia to South African cities include: British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Virgin Australia and national carrier South African Airways, which services the city of Perth from Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Flights land at either Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) 22km east of the city centre, or Cape Town International Airport (CPT) 20km from the city centre. Johannesburg Airport is serviced by reliable public transport options such as bus, train, taxi, and even limos, while Capetown Airport offers buses, taxis and private shuttles. There are a number of car rental desks at both airports should you require an independent means of travel.