Direct flights to South Africa take around 12 hours and arrive in a land of wildlife, wild flowers, wild nightlife, and locals with a wildly wonderful passion for life... Read more
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) on the south coast or Tambo International Airport (JNB) - previously known as Johannesburg International Airport - is the northern gateway to Jo'burg and the riches of the inland regions. Here you'll find gold mines, shopping gems in Pretoria, the Sun City Resort, and, much further north, Kruger National Park where the “Big 5” can be spotted.
As well as the beaches of the south east coast, Durban International Airport (DUR) allows holidaymakers to explore the nearby 'garden' province of KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensburg Mountains, plus the city of Bloemfontein at heart of the nation.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways fly non-stop from Heathrow to both Cape Town and Johannesburg. SAA flies into Durban via its Jo'burg hub.
If you are prepared to change, there are many other options for reaching the country by air, including Emirates from six UK departure points via Dubai, as well as KLM, Air France and Lufthansa via their main European gateways, with plenty of local departures from around the UK. You can also find cheap deals with carriers such as Egyptair via Cairo or Kenya Airways via Nairobi, to name but a few.
Flight prices rise during school holidays and advance booking is always recommended. Use the flight price-comparison tool on TravelSupermarket to find the best deals on South Africa flights.