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South Africa is the land of wildlife, wine and historic cities set in stunning natural surroundings. UK holidaymakers visit all year round, so there’s no shortage of South Africa flights from London and regional airports, with Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban the most common destinations.
South Africa's safari season peaks from May to September, when potential for ‘big five’ sightings is high. But you can see penguins on Boulders Beach any time, and flights to Durban between August and November are perfect for whale watching cruises along the ‘Dolphin Coast’ of the North Coast shoreline.
The UK's spring is South Africa's autumn, and it's a good time to pick up cheap flights. Prices are higher in December and January – the South African summer – and peak again in late July and August, when school holidays coincide with the best safari conditions in the Mpumalanga region. The difference between a Cape Town flight in March and one in August can be several hundreds of pounds, and Cape Town can get wet and windy in winter, so there's not much to be said for flying there in August if you can avoid it.
You can also save on your South Africa flights if you consider indirect services – Air France via Paris, for instance, or KLM via Amsterdam. And as ever, book well in advance for the best prices.
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