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Cheap round-trip flights to South Africa

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Cheap flights to South Africa

With its exotic wildlife, cosmopolitan cities, idyllic beaches and fascinating history, South Africa has something for everyone. Book cheap flights to the Rainbow Nation today and discover this vibrant country for yourself.

When to book flights to South Africa

Thanks to its varying regional climates and fantastic choice of attractions, South Africa makes a great year-round destination. November to February are the warmest months in the country with southern areas enjoying sunny days and clear skies. However, as many people head to South Africa to enjoy some winter sun, flights can be a little more expensive at this time of year.

May to September bring cooler temperatures and many flights to South Africa are cheaper during this period. Although you may not come back with a tan, the winter months are the perfect time to spot big game. If you’re interested in Africa’s spectacular wildlife, this may well be the perfect time for your trip.

How to find cheap flights to South Africa

Using Expedia to search for your flights to South Africa, you’ll be able to find great deals throughout the year.

Type your departure and arrival points into the search bars, select your dates and we’ll trawl through the available flights to give you a choice of the best options for your trip.

If you’re flying from London to South Africa, make sure you select ‘All Airports’ so you see cheap flights from terminals around the capital.

Use the advanced options to look for refundable flights and to select your preferred airline. You can also click on the ‘Nearby Airports’ link on the results page to see other destinations close to your specified departure and arrival points.

The more flexible you can be with your dates, times and airline, the easier it will be for you to find cheap flights to South Africa.

UK departures to South Africa

If you’re based in other parts of the UK, you can use Expedia to find connecting flights to South Africa from destinations including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Main airports in South Africa

One of the largest countries on the continent, South Africa has a number of major international airports.

Most flights to South Africa from UK airports will arrive at the country’s two busiest terminals: O. R. Tambo International in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport. King Shaka International Airport in Durban is another important air hub, while Port Elizabeth primarily offers flights to domestic destinations.

Which airlines fly to South Africa?

As one of the most popular destinations on the continent, it’s no surprise that South Africa is served by a number of airlines.

These include:

  • Kenya Airways
  • Rwandair
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Qatar Airways
  • KLM
  • Air France
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • British Airways
  • South African Airways

How to get around South Africa

South Africa’s most famous sights and destinations are dotted across the country so chances are you’ll be doing some travelling after you touch down in South Africa.

If you’re travelling short distances, buses, trains and hire cars offer good value and reasonably comfortable journeys.

However, if you’re travelling from one side of the country to the other, flying is probably your best option. If you’re looking for cheap flights South Africa is home to a number of budget airlines. These connect various domestic destinations and make internal travel in the country quick, easy and affordable.

Must-see attractions in South Africa

South Africa’s two most famous attracts are arguably the Kruger National Park and Table Mountain. The easiest way to reach Kruger National Park is to book cheap tickets to Johannesburg and then catch a connecting flight from there to a destination close to the reserve. When you arrive at the park, one of the largest in Africa, you’ll be able to spot a huge range of animals including leopards, lions, buffalo, elephant and white rhinoceros.

Once you’ve explored the expansive park, hop on a plane back to Johannesburg and then continue on to Cape Town. Table Mountain overlooks the country’s largest city and is one of the most recognisable peaks in the world. The walk to the top should take around two hours which, although not for the faint hearted, is rewarded with sweeping views over the rugged landscape.

Tips for travelling in South Africa

British passport holders can travel to South Africa for stays of up to 90 days without applying for a visa.

The country is two hours ahead of the UK.