|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 15% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||August||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||$2,077||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||$1,345||From Auckland to Johannesburg|
$1,399 - $2,686
18 - 26 °C
4 - 151 mm
The beautiful land of South Africa has emerged from its turbulent past and reinvented itself as the diverse and exciting destination we know today.
Intrepid travellers buy cheap flights to South Africa to spot the continent’s famous wildlife and explore the great, untamed outdoors.
South Africa, located on the southernmost tip of the continent, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean, has emerged from its turbulent past and reinvented itself as an exciting destination that is captivating many intrepid travellers.
Most flights to South Africa arrive in either Cape Town, the oldest city in southern Africa and the most progressive, or brash and bustling “Joburg” (Johannesburg).
When travelling from Auckland, NZ to Cape Town, SA, the fastest flights available will have a flight time of 30h and 5m. The longest flight times stretch to 40h and 50m. If you will be travelling out of Christchurch Airport instead, the shortest flight time will be 33h and the longest will be 50h and 30m. A number of factors account for the length of the flight times including the number of stopovers and the length of those stopovers.
You will find that there are no cities in New Zealand that will provide direct flights into South Africa. However, you can still find South Africa flight deals that will have just one stop. Emirates flies out of Christchurch Airport and will have just a single stopover in Dubai for 3h 55m. Other options out of Christchurch will have between two and three stopovers. When flying out of Auckland, you can find flights with one stopover, such as Qatar Airways flights that have a 1h and 45m stopover in Doha. Others will have two stops along the way to Cape Town International Airport.
There are airlines such as South African Airways, Comair, Mango, and Kulula that operate domestic flights within the country. These are helpful for those who may want to head to other areas in South Africa that are too far to easily drive. Those who do drive will find that the roads between the major city centres tend to be maintained well. Coaches such as Greyhound and Translux offer transportation between major cities and towns. Shosholoza Meyl offers train services between cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth. Taxis are available in the large cities and towns, as well.
South Africa is a large country that has a wealth of things for visitors to see and do while they are there. You might want to head to Table Mountain in Cape Town, which is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You may also want to visit the Apartheid Museum to learn more about the history of the area. Travellers will find that there are many places where they can go hiking in the area, and they could explore Cape Town and nearby areas. Taking tours of some of the nearby towns is popular, as well. You may also want to spend some time on the beaches and enjoying the water.
When you are travelling to South Africa, you will need to have a valid passport to be allowed entry into the country. You will be able to be in the country for holiday and business purposes for up to 90 days. You will not need to have a visa for visits that fall into that range.
South Africa has diverse climactic regions, given its size, but the summers are generally warm and sunny (December to April), with heavy rains in the afternoons. Winters in the Cape are cool and wet and snow falls on the mountain ranges, as well as in Natal. Gauteng and the northern areas experience regular evening thunderstorms in summer, while winters usually see warm days and cold nights.
As South Africa is a year-round destination, the best time to book flights to South Africa depends on what you want to do.
The best time for game watching is in spring. Whale watching time for Southern Right Whales is between mid-June and the end of October, while the Humpback whales are seen between August and December. Summer is prime surfing and diving time, while hiking is most pleasant in spring and autumn.
Eight airlines operate domestic flights around South Africa. South African Airways, the national carrier, flies between Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, George, Upington, Kimberley, East London, Mthatha, Margate, Sun City and other destinations. South African Express flies between Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and George and other cities.
British Airways flies from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, as well as between Cape Town and Durban. Other domestic airlines include Kululu.com, Mango and Nationwide. There are also smaller charter airlines.
By Bus: Intercape, Greyhound and Translux run coach services around South Africa.
By Rail: Spoornet connects the major cities. The luxury Blue Train (scheduled and charter) runs between Pretoria and Cape Town and there are also special packaged routes. Luxury rail journeys are also run by Rovos Rail, while the Steam Train Company offers scenic old-style tours.
By Road: South Africa’s roads are excellent and the major international car rental firms have branches at the airports and around the country. You can also rent a motorbike or campervan/motorhome. Drive on the left.