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Cheap Flights to South Africa

Popular in December High demand for flights, 14% potential price rise
Cheapest in August Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price $1,557 Average for round-trip flights in August 2020
Round-trip from $1,435 From Auckland to Johannesburg
One-way from $757 One-way flight from Auckland to Johannesburg
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Cheapest prices for South Africa flights by month

January
$1,437
February
$1,415
March
$1,402
April
$1,616
May
$1,467
June
$1,496
July
$1,532
August
$1,498
September
$1,557
October
$1,442
November
$1,468
December
$1,808
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to South Africa is currently March; with December being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to South Africa?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
AKL - JNB
Price
$1,402 - $2,684
JNB
Temperature
18 - 26 °C
JNB
Rainfall
4 - 151 mm
Flying to South Africa in March is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round. January tends to be the warmest period in South Africa so if you are looking for sun or warmer climates then look to fly around this time. December is the wettest if you need to factor this in to your plans.

When is the best time to book a flight to South Africa?

The price you pay for your flight to South Africa may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 33 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to South Africa?

At the moment, Monday is the most economical day to take a flight to South Africa. Saturday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to South Africa?

Flights at midday are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to South Africa. Flights in the morning are usually the most expensive.

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).

How long is the flight to South Africa?

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.

Which cities offer direct flights to South Africa?

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.

What is the best way to travel around South Africa?

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.

What are some things to do in South Africa?

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.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to South Africa?

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 climate

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. 

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When is the best time to fly to South Africa?

Peak Season:

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.

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Getting around South Africa

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.

 

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