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Flights to South Africa

Flights to South Africa

International flight routes to South Africa

We arrange the flights to South Africa's Cape for most of our clients, and have superb flights rates. However, if you'd like to organise the flights for yourself, or book with air-miles, that's certainly also possible. If you arrange your flights to the Cape, we will gladly make the ground arrangements for you.

Starting from London

The easiest and most direct way to South Africa's Cape is to fly with British Airways who run direct flights from London Heathrow Airport. These depart every evening, arriving in Cape Town the following morning. In Cape Town, you usually collect a hire car to drive to your Cape Town accommodation, or to start your self-drive holiday.

The alternative route is to fly via Johannesburg with South African Airways or British Airways. Flights from London Heathrow depart every evening; arriving in Johannesburg the following morning. Then connections link through from Jo'burg to Cape Town, arriving around the middle of the day. Again, you usually pick up your own rental car in Cape Town.

If your trip to South Africa starts further north (eg: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park), or in the Cape' east (eg: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Game Reserves), the easiest way is to fly with South African Airways from London Heathrow to Upington via Jo'burg, respectively to Port Elizabeth via Jo'burg. SAA flights to Jo'burg depart London every evening, arriving following morning. In Jo'burg you can make connections with SAA flights to Upington/Port Elizabeth, usually departing in the morning, and arriving around noon.

Obviously, it's easy to use one route into South Africa, and return via another – on an 'open-jaw' trip. However, note that it's not easy to economically combine the use of different airlines for your intercontinental routes; normally if you fly to Africa with South African Airways, then you will fly back with them, and the same for BA.

Starting from the USA

Flying from North America, your have decisions to make about your flights to Africa. Your two options for the flight arrangements are:

1) You arrange your flights USA -> London and London -> USA for yourself.
Expert Africa organises for you the London -> South Africa and South Africa -> London flights.

This makes sense, as we have great rates on the flights to Africa; we can also utilise low add-on rates for internal flights within Africa, when they're linked to your international ticket. However, you need to have enough connection time in London, so you don't miss your plane.

2) You arrange your own flights USA -> South Africa and South Africa -> USA, via the route you prefer, and advise us of your flight times & carriers.
Expert Africa organises your arrangements in South Africa for you, including a hire car for self-drivers, or any smaller flights within South Africa.

This makes a lot of sense if you are flying direct from the United States – e.g. on the service linking New York with Jo'burg. If you choose to arrange your own intercontinental flights to South Africa, it's best to book any connecting flights at the same time, using the same company who arranges your intercontinental flight (eg: links between Jo'burg and Upington, or between Jo'burg and Port Elizabeth).This way there's no danger of you being left with two separate flights which do not connect, in case one flight changes.

Flights to the rest of Africa

For more information on flights, please see our webpage on International flights to Africa.
Click on the links below to read specific information about flights to each of our other African destinations:

Flights to Botswana
Flights to Malawi
Flights to Mozambique
Flights to Namibia
Flights to Rwanda
Flights to Seychelles
Flights to Tanzania
Flights to Zambia
Flights to Zanzibar
Flights to Zimbabwe

Our top picks for holidays to South Africa

We'll always tailor-make your Town for you. Here are some of our favourites to inspire you.

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Cape Genet Self-drive Safari

20 days • 8 locations

Enjoy fine-dining in Cape Town, whale-watching in Hermanus, and a range of walking and water-based activities throughout De Hoop’s Nature Reserve, the Klein Karoo and Plettenberg. This relaxed self-driven safari concludes with stays in The Winelands and Namaqualand.

US$2,660 - US$3,180 per person

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Cape Grysbok Self-drive Safari

20 days • 8 locations

Explore Cape Town, Hermanus, Franschhoek and Namaqualand, amongst other memorable destinations, during this leisurely self-driven safari. Fine dining, varied activities and impressively comfortable lodges, estates and country houses await.

US$3,500 - US$5,270 per person

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Bontebok Self-drive Safari

12 days • 5 locations

This varied and great-value self-drive trip visits Cape Town, the Winelands and diverse sections of the Garden Route, staying at great places with real local character. It’s ideal for active couples and families who want to explore the Cape’s stunning locations.

US$1,270 - US$1,410 per person

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Waterbuck self-drive

12 days • 6 locations

A classic Cape and Garden Route self-drive taken at a leisurely pace and staying in charming boutique hotels. Great food and wine paired with spectacular scenery and an exciting array of activities.

US$2,170 - US$2,460 per person

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Cape Mountain Zebra Self-drive Safari

12 days • 4 locations

Fine dining, luxurious accommodation and a wide of range of leisurely activities make this a superbly comfortable self-driven safari. Visit the cosmopolitan Cape Town, tranquil coastal retreats, stylish wine farms and spectacularly peaceful nature reserves.

US$3,290 - US$5,550 per person

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Meerkat Self-drive Safari

8 days • 5 locations

Explore the wildly remote Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park from four simple, self-catering lodges before concluding with two nights at Augrabies Falls National Park. An exciting safari including varied game and birdlife, well-suited to the autonomous traveller.

US$860 - US$890 per person

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Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari

19 days • 10 locations

Journey from South Africa’s cosmopolitan Cape Town to central Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve during this self-driven safari. The route passes through a stunning variety of landscapes, offering access to this beautiful continent’s rich diversity.

US$3,120 - US$3,200 per person

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Ostrich Self-drive Safari

14 days • 9 locations

Great value self-drive adventure through the epic desert landscapes of southern Namibia and South Africa’s Kalahari, visiting highlights such as Fish River Canyon, the ghost towns of Lüderitz and Sossusvlei’s dunes.

US$1,890 - US$2,390 per person

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The Highlights of Africa

17 days • 7 locations

An epic adventure taking in some of Africa’s most incredible sights and wildlife experiences, from Cape Town to the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, the Maasai Mara and an encounter with mountain gorillas.

US$13,110 - US$15,900 per person

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Leopard Safari

13 days • 4 locations

Victoria Falls, Botswana and Cape Town – a classic southern African itinerary combining luxury, wilderness, safari and culture. We can't think of a better way to spend two weeks.

US$8,590 - US$11,560 per person

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