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Cheap flights to South Africa from $1,145

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AKL — JNB
22 Apr — 29 Apr1
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Flights to South Africa in 2024

Find the latest flights to South Africa in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 119,702 searches and data was last updated on 17 April 2024.

Popular in

December

Cheapest in

October

Average price

$2,428

Return from

$2,010

One-way from

$1,145
High demand for flights, 8% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average for return flights in April 2024
From Auckland Intl to Johannesburg
One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to South Africa

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Cheap flights to South Africa in April & May 2024

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Cheap flights to Johannesburg
Thu 16/513:15AKL - JNB
1 stop37h 45mQatar Airways
Thu 23/513:35JNB - AKL
1 stop29h 10mQatar Airways
Deal found 15/4$2,107
Thu 16/513:15AKL - JNB
1 stop37h 45mMultiple Airlines
Thu 23/513:35JNB - AKL
2 stops36h 20mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 15/4$2,115
Wed 17/413:15AKL - JNB
1 stop30h 35mQatar Airways
Sat 27/413:35JNB - AKL
1 stop29h 10mQatar Airways
Deal found 16/4$2,161
Fri 24/508:50AKL - JNB
2 stops57h 45mEtihad Airways
Sun 23/609:55JNB - AKL
2 stops42h 30mEtihad Airways
Deal found 15/4$2,169
Thu 16/507:30AKL - JNB
3 stops36h 45mEmirates
Thu 23/519:10JNB - AKL
2 stops33h 45mEmirates
Deal found 15/4$2,200
Fri 24/512:35AKL - JNB
1 stop26h 10mMultiple Airlines
Sun 23/620:55JNB - AKL
2 stops36h 00mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 15/4$2,202
Sat 4/515:15AKL - JNB
2 stops39h 35mEmirates
Sat 18/519:10JNB - AKL
2 stops32h 50mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,219
Sat 4/515:15AKL - JNB
2 stops39h 35mEmirates
Sat 18/522:20JNB - AKL
1 stop25h 30mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,227
Sat 4/514:00AKL - JNB
3 stops40h 50mEmirates
Sat 18/522:20JNB - AKL
2 stops36h 50mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,231
Cheap flights to Cape Town
Wed 15/507:00AKL - CPT
3 stops38h 35mEmirates
Wed 22/513:05CPT - AKL
1 stop34h 45mEmirates
Deal found 17/4$2,314
Wed 15/515:15AKL - CPT
2 stops54h 20mEmirates
Wed 22/513:05CPT - AKL
1 stop34h 45mEmirates
Deal found 17/4$2,365
Wed 15/507:00AKL - CPT
3 stops38h 35mMultiple Airlines
Wed 22/515:20CPT - AKL
3 stops37h 00mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 17/4$2,387
Sun 5/516:05CHC - CPT
2 stops53h 30mEmirates
Sun 12/513:05CPT - CHC
2 stops39h 45mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,443
Sun 5/516:05CHC - CPT
3 stops53h 30mEmirates
Sun 12/513:05CPT - CHC
2 stops37h 50mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,455
Tue 30/420:00AKL - CPT
2 stops54h 50mEmirates
Sat 11/513:05CPT - AKL
2 stops38h 55mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,468
Tue 30/420:00AKL - CPT
3 stops54h 50mEmirates
Sat 11/513:05CPT - AKL
2 stops39h 00mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,479
Tue 30/420:00AKL - CPT
2 stops54h 50mEmirates
Sat 11/513:05CPT - AKL
1 stop34h 45mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,516
Sun 5/516:05CHC - CPT
3 stops53h 30mEmirates
Sun 12/515:20CPT - CHC
3 stops59h 35mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,564

South Africa 2024 flight deals

Explore flight deals for South Africa in 2024, offering the best prices and options to suit your preferences. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 119,702 searches and data were last updated on 17 April 2024.
These are some of the best deals we've found on flights to South Africa in 2024 at this time. Check back soon for alternative fares.
Tue 26/1106:10CHC - JNB
2 stops45h 25mEmirates
Mon 20/118:50JNB - CHC
2 stops42h 05mEmirates
Deal found 16/4$2,028
Thu 14/1112:00CHC - JNB
1 stop29h 10mSingapore Airlines
Mon 18/1113:45JNB - CHC
2 stops36h 40mSingapore Airlines
Deal found 17/4$2,032
Thu 14/1118:20CHC - JNB
2 stops37h 30mEmirates
Mon 18/1113:25JNB - CHC
2 stops37h 35mEmirates
Deal found 17/4$2,073
Sun 11/814:10AKL - JNB
1 stop26h 00mSingapore Airlines
Sun 1/913:45JNB - AKL
1 stop22h 40mSingapore Airlines
Deal found 16/4$2,091
Sat 3/806:00AKL - JNB
2 stops35h 40mMultiple Airlines
Tue 27/811:20JNB - AKL
2 stops49h 35mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 16/4$2,093
Sat 3/813:45AKL - JNB
1 stop27h 55mMultiple Airlines
Tue 27/811:20JNB - AKL
2 stops44h 20mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 16/4$2,103

One-way flights to South Africa

Explore one-way flight options to South Africa for greater flexibility in your travel plans. Find up-to-date pricing and availability for one-way flights. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 119,702 searches and data was last updated on 17 April 2024.
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Sun 12/513:15AKL - JNB
1 stop37h 45mQatar Airways
Deal found 15/4$1,145
Fri 20/910:05AKL - CPT
2 stops33h 20mSingapore Airlines
Deal found 16/4$1,281

Find flights to South Africa within your budget

Locate flights to South Africa that fit your budget, with regularly updated fares and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 119,702 searches and data was last updated on 17 April 2024.

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Budget

$2,010 - $2,586

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Departure

Return

Price

Auckland IntlJohannesburg OR Tambo

AKL - JNB

AKLJNB

Auckland Intl

Wed 8/5

2 stops52h 20m

Johannesburg OR Tambo

Fri 24/5

1 stop38h 35m

$2,010

Auckland IntlJohannesburg OR Tambo

AKL - JNB

AKLJNB

Auckland Intl

Fri 24/5

1 stop26h 10m

Johannesburg OR Tambo

Sun 23/6

1 stop23h 20m

$2,015

Auckland IntlJohannesburg OR Tambo

AKL - JNB

AKLJNB

Auckland Intl

Tue 11/6

1 stop29h 45m

Johannesburg OR Tambo

Tue 30/7

2 stops33h 10m

$2,088

Auckland IntlJohannesburg OR Tambo

AKL - JNB

AKLJNB

Auckland Intl

Sun 11/8

1 stop26h 00m

Johannesburg OR Tambo

Sun 1/9

1 stop22h 40m

$2,091

Auckland IntlJohannesburg OR Tambo

AKL - JNB

AKLJNB

Auckland Intl

Thu 16/5

1 stop37h 45m

Johannesburg OR Tambo

Thu 23/5

1 stop29h 10m

$2,107

Auckland IntlJohannesburg OR Tambo

AKL - JNB

AKLJNB

Auckland Intl

Sun 11/8

2 stops33h 35m

Johannesburg OR Tambo

Sun 1/9

2 stops45h 45m

$2,156

WellingtonJohannesburg OR Tambo

WLG - JNB

WLGJNB

Wellington

Thu 23/5

1 stop20h 05m

Johannesburg OR Tambo

Mon 27/5

1 stop20h 00m

$2,586

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Average price of flights to South Africa by month

Plan your trip to South Africa by taking into account the cheapest months to travel. The average price of a one-way flight to South Africa is currently $1,213 while a return flight costs $2,150. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.

Currently, November is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to South Africa (average of $1,206). Flying to South Africa in December will prove the most costly (average of $1,541). There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

January

$2,161

February

$2,107

March

$2,130

April

$2,117

May

$2,113

June

$2,351

July

$2,324

August

$2,122

September

$2,275

October

$2,050

November

$2,049

December

$2,618

Temperature and rainfall in South Africa by month

Plan your trip to South Africa by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

JNB

Temperature

10 - 20 °C

If weather is an important factor for your trip to South Africa, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, January is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 20.0 C. Travellers hoping to avoid the cold should look outside of June, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 10.0 C).

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

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a return flight to South Africa. Price data was last updated on 28 January 2024.
Booking 67 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to South Africa. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.
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Reviews of airlines servicing South Africa

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to South Africa. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to South Africa. Reviews last updated 17 April 2024.
Get a feel of what it's like to fly with Qatar Airways, Emirates and Qantas Airways to South Africa by reading reviews from past customers. You can also see how each airline stacks up in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Boarding

8.4

Entertainment

7.9

Food

7.6

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

8.3
Very Good
671 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Boarding

8.4

Entertainment

7.9

Food

7.6

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

8.3
Very Good
1,490 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Boarding

8.4

Entertainment

7.9

Food

7.6

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

8.1
Very Good
4,092 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Boarding

8.4

Entertainment

7.9

Food

7.6

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

7.9
Good
1,643 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Boarding

8.4

Entertainment

7.9

Food

7.6

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

7.8
Good
1,142 reviews
8.3
Very Good
671 reviews

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Boarding

8.4

Entertainment

7.9

Food

7.6

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

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).

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. 

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.

What is good to know if travelling to South Africa?

  • Kruger is the largest and best-known of South Africa’s 20 national parks. Established in 1898, Kruger is the habitat for 147 mammals, 114 types of reptiles and 507 bird species. The big animals include hippos, crocodiles, Impala antelopes (most numerous animal), zebras, buffaloes, giraffes and elephants. Big cats also call Kruger home, including 1500 lions, 900 leopards and 300 cheetahs. You can stay overnight in several rest camps throughout the park, from huts and family cottages to luxury guesthouses.
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – spanning more than 3.6 million hectares – incorporates South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park. Vegetation is sparse and most of the animals are concentrated around the Auob and Nossob riverbeds. The biggest populations are the ground squirrel and suricate (meerkat); badger, pangolin (anteater) and fox also live there. There are big bird raptors (eagles, vultures, falcons and kestrels) as well as big cat predators (cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and lions).
  • Johannesburg has an Apartheid Museum and the MuseuMAfricA history and cultural museum.
  • For whales, turtles and penguins: view breaching whales at Hermanus, south of Cape Town, where the town’s whale crier blows his horn in a “Morse” code to signal the their position. African Jackass Penguins nest on Boulder’s Beach in Simonstown (Simon’s Town). To spot Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles, head to St Lucia in KwaZulu Natal, where the turtles nest between November and January and hatch between January and March.
  • The historic cable car at Cape Town’s Table Mountain, which takes you to the summit  (1085m) in less than ten minutes, has a rotating floor allowing you to enjoy sweeping 360-degree views. More than 18 million people have been ferried to the summit since the original cableway was built in 1929.
  • Far from their Austrian roots, the South African Lipizzaners, traditional dancing horses, can be seen in action every Sunday morning in Kyalami.

Related info for your journey

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to South Africa if I am willing to have stopovers?

    Yes, flights with stopovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to South Africa on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the best airline to fly to South Africa?

    Based on reviews from Cheapflights users, Cathay Pacific is rated the highest out of the airlines that fly to South Africa.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in South Africa?

    Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in South Africa. One-way flights to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport typically cost $53, while return flights cost around $120.

  • How much is a return flight to South Africa?

    A return flight to South Africa will typically cost around $273, however they can be found for as little as $273.

  • Where does the fastest flight to South Africa depart from?

    For those looking to save time traveling to South Africa, Auckland offers the quickest one-way flight (26 hours 10 minutes).

  • Does Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport can take advantage of the car hire services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport?

    Yes. Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Protea Hotel by Marriott Transit O.R. Tambo Airport is the closest property to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport (0.0 km away from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport).

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