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Today's best South Africa flight offers

Looking for the cheapest flights to Johannesburg or Cape Town? Take a look below for today's best offers to South Africa from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

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Flights to South Africa 2017-2018

From the Eastern Cape to the Drakensberg Mountains to Kruger National Park, flights to South Africa mean adventure. Unwind in the winelands of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Trek to Table Mountain and Cape Point, watch wildlife in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, where you can see cheetahs, leopards and the distinctive black-maned lion.

Compare tickets to South Africa with Netflights and explore the beauty of the country. Netflights has the cheap flights to South Africa that you need. Find great deals on direct flights to South Africa from the UK and find the best South Africa flights. Whatever your 'safari', South Africa will be a revelation.

When is the cheapest time to fly to South Africa?

The weather is good all year in South Africa, making it popular nearly all the time. November to January is the busiest time to visit so you’ll find cheap flights to South Africa in the later months. Johannesburg is busy until February, so booking flights to South Africa 2018 later in the year will give you lower prices. During festivals and busy months, prices may also rise.

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

It’s a good idea to book two, three or even four months in advance to find cheap tickets to South Africa. Flights with layovers can also be cheaper. You can book in August, fly from Manchester in early December, spend a day in Amsterdam, then catch a direct flight to Johannesburg the next day for around less than £400.

Which airlines fly to South Africa from the UK?

Airlines serving South Africa with direct flights from the UK are Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways, British Airways, Air France and Iberia. Both indirect and direct flights depart from London Gatwick or Heathrow, as well as Manchester and Birmingham airports. British Airways is the only UK airline flying directly to Cape Town and departs from Heathrow Airport. It's possible to fly with Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways with a stop in Johannesburg, on Emirates with a stop in Dubai, or Ethiopian Airlines with two stops (Addis Ababa and Johannesburg). British Airways flies from London Heathrow daily, and from London Gatwick three days a week to Cape Town.

What are the main airports in South Africa?

The main airports in South Africa are Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and Port Elizabeth International Airport.

Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)

Located 15 miles northeast of Johannesburg, South Africa's main commercial city. South African Airways and British Airways both run flights to Johannesburg from Heathrow. All other UK airports have indirect services to this destination.

Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Located approximately 12 miles from the city centre. The airport was opened in 1954 to replace Cape Town's previous airport. Only British Airways runs direct flights to Cape Town from Heathrow.

King Shaka International Airport (KSIA)

Approximately 22 miles north of the city centre of Durban. Flights to Durban leave London Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham airports, and airlines such as Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways.

Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ)

2 miles south of Port Elizabeth city centre, and it's often referred to as the 'ten-minute airport' as it only takes ten minutes to drive to the business district from there. Heathrow, Edinburgh and Birmingham offer flights serviced by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Ethiopian.

How long does it take to get to South Africa?

The fastest flights to South Africa from Heathrow can be as quick as 11 hours 30 minutes going to Cape Town. Flights from Manchester Airport to Johannesburg are 13 hours 30 minutes, while flights from Birmingham Airport to Cape Town and Glasgow to Johannesburg last about 14 hours.

How many flights are there per day from the UK to South Africa?

There is only one nonstop flight to Cape Town and five nonstop flights to Johannesburg every day from Heathrow. Other airports like Manchester and Glasgow offer many single and two-stop flights every day, which can bring savings as well as a more interesting journey.

Getting around the airports

Airports are easy to get around in South Africa, as most tend to only have one main building with adjacent terminals and shuttles from terminals to parking. Cape Town Airport (CPT) has one 3-floored main terminal building dividing international (to the north) and domestic flights (to the south), linked through a common central area. There are many facilities like shops, restaurants, a chapel and a prayer room. OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) consists of three adjacent buildings: the International Terminal Building with International Pier, Central Terminal Building and Domestic Building.

Getting to the cities from airports

CPT: The cheapest way to travel from the airport to the city centre is by using the MyCiTi bus. Every 20 minutes and operating most of the day, it’s a lot cheaper than a taxi and less crowded than the standard buses. Taxis are available from outside the airport and cost around 300-400 Rand. Make sure to agree on a price before you get in the taxi to avoid paying an excessive fare.

JNB: The Reya Vaya is reliable bus transport between the city and the airport and you can find it outside the arrival Terminal. Taxis are also outside the airport but, as before, make sure you agree on the price before travelling. Additionally, there is a new rail link between the airport and the suburbs.

KSIA: An airport shuttle bus runs from 5am to 8pm daily lasting 30-45 minutes. There are also the usual taxis and local bus services, as well as the Gautrain, which runs from 5:15am to 10pm every 12 minutes.

PLZ: Taxis and shuttles on offer.

Don't forget before your flight

When entering South Africa, British passport holders do not need a visa and immigration authorities require that parents travelling with those under 18 show the child’s birth certificate (or a certified copy) clearly showing the child’s details and both parents’ details. When booking your flight to South Africa, know that you must also have a return ticket and your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure. brings you the best fares from all the leading long-haul airlines including British Airways, Etihad, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Emirates. When you book with Netflights your flight is protected by AFP (Airline Failure Protection). The flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. if you have any queries or require assistance, our expert travel advisors are only a phone call or email away.

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