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Flights to South Africa in 2024

Find the latest flights to South Africa in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 84,718 searches and data was last updated on 27 February 2024.

Popular in

August

Cheapest in

May

Average price

HK$8,943

Return from

HK$7,049

One-way from

HK$3,912
High demand for flights, 8% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average for return flights in February 2024
From Hong Kong Intl to Johannesburg
One-way flight from Hong Kong Intl (HKG) to South Africa

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Browse one-way and return flights deals to South Africa on Cheapflights. Flight deals are based on user searches and were last updated on 27 February 2024
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Average price of flights to South Africa by month

Plan your trip to South Africa by taking into account the cheapest months to travel. The average price of a one-way flight to South Africa is currently HK$0 while a return flight costs HK$0. Price data was last updated on 25 February 2024.

Currently, January is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to South Africa (average of HK$0). Flying to South Africa in July will prove the most costly (average of HK$1,033). There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

Temperature and rainfall in South Africa by month

Plan your trip to South Africa by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

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10 - 20 °C

If weather is an important factor for your trip to South Africa, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, January is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 20.0 C. Travellers hoping to avoid the cold should look outside of June, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 10.0 C).

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

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a return flight to South Africa. Price data was last updated on 28 January 2024.
Booking 47 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to South Africa. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.
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Reviews of airlines servicing South Africa

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to South Africa. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to South Africa. Reviews last updated 27 February 2024.
Read reviews from past customers who have flown Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Air and Emirates to South Africa. Users have also rated airlines in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
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All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

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All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

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All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

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All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

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All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

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All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

Where are the most popular flight destinations in South Africa?

Popular flight destinations in South Africa include Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London.

At the southern most tip of Africa, where the Atlantic Ocean seamlessly meets the Indian Ocean rests South Africa. Plagued with a turbulent past this remarkable country has finally found its identity; one that intrepid travellers are quickly discovering can be mesmeric. It is this innate characteristic that draws thousands to book flights to South Africa annually.

The most popular stop for travellers taking flights to South Africa is Cape Town. The oldest city in southern Africa is by far the most progressive, with its trendy restaurants, buzzing nightlife and quirky shops. North of Cape Town is the vibrant, brash city of Johannesburg which most travellers visit on their way to Kruger Park – the biggest and most famous wildlife reserve in the world.

The towns along the coast of the country are also well worth a visit. Durban, in the northeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, has the best surf beaches while Port Elizabeth’s quaint cafes provide a good rest-stop on the way to the Garden Route. This coastal strip with its lagoons, forests and stunning beaches has become the second most popular destination after Cape Town.

South Africa climate

Southern Hemisphere rules apply in South Africa. Winter is May to August; Spring September to October; Summer November to February and Autumn March to April. The climate is, in general, temperate with long sunny days. Most of the provinces have some rain in the summer, however in the Western Cape rain falls during the winter months.

Getting around South Africa

There are eight domestic airlines operating flights around South Africa. British Airways flies from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, and between Cape Town and Durban. South African Airways, the national carrier, flies to several destinations including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, George, Upington, Kimberley, East London, Mthatha, Margate, and Sun City. South African Express flies between Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and George and several other cities.

Other airlines offering domestic flights include Kululu.com, Mango and Nationwide. There are also smaller charter airlines

Intercape, Greyhound and Translux offer services around the country.

Rail: Spoornet connects the major cities; Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, Cape Town or Durban for example. The Blue Train is a luxury service (scheduled and charter) that runs Pretoria – Cape Town – Pretoria. There are special packaged routes too. Rovos Rail is another luxury service and the Steam Train Company offers scenic tours old-style.

Roads are good and car rental companies with branches at the airports and around the country include Avis, Budget and Europcar. It’s also possible to rent a motorbike or campervan/motorhome. Drive on the left.

What is good to know if travelling to South Africa?

  • South Africa has 20 national parks, of which Kruger is the largest and best-known. It was established in 1898 and is about the size of Wales. It is home to 147 mammals, 114 types of reptiles, and 507 species of birds. Among them are hippos, crocodiles, Impala antelopes (most numerous animal), zebras, buffaloes, giraffes and elephants. The big cats call Kruger home too – there are 1,500 lions, 900 leopards and 300 cheetahs. There are several rest camps throughout the park ranging from huts and family cottages to luxury guest houses.
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is composed of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (of South Africa) and Gemsbok National Park (of Botswana). It has more than 3.6 million hectares. In such a large space, vegetation is sparse and most of the animals concentrate around the Auob and Nossob riverbeds. Ground squirrel and suricate (meerkat) are the most numerous animals; badger, pangolin (anteater) and fox are also in residence. There are raptors (eagles, vultures, falcons and kestrels) as well as predators (cheetah, leopard, hyena and lion).
  • Whales, turtles and penguins: view breaching whales at Hermanus, south of Cape Town. The town has its own whale crier, who blows his horn in a “Morse” code, signaling the location of whales. There are African Jackass Penguins on Boulder’s Beach in Simonstown (Simon’s Town). To spot Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles nesting, head to St Lucia in KwaZulu Natal. The turtles nest between November and January and hatch between January and March.
  • Johannesburg has the Apartheid Museum and MuseuMAfricA, a history and cultural museum. Far from Austria, the South African Lipizzaners, are in action each Sunday morning in Kyalami. During Easter, the horses will dance to the music of the 1970s.
  • Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The cable car whooshes up the mountain (1085m / 3,560 feet) in less than ten minutes and has a rotating floor offering 360-degree views of the city.
  • Trivago is a useful website for user reviews and recommendations on accommodation in South Africa. The site includes pages on a range of hotels across the country, including those in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Hermanus.

When is the best time to fly to South Africa?

South Africa is a year-round destination. The best times to book flights to South Africa depends on the activity you have in mind. South Africa’s summer lasts from November to February – warm with heavy rains in the afternoons. Average winter temperatures range between 11 degrees in Johannesburg and 17 degrees in Durban; while summer temperatures hover between 29 (in Johannesburg) and 24 (in Durban). The best time to watch game is spring (August to October). Whale watchers should visit between mid-June and the end of October for Southern Right Whales and between August and December for Humpback Whales. For diving and surfing – April to September; hiking – spring and autumn as summer temperatures can be very high.

How long is the flight to South Africa?

The flight time from Hong Kong to Johannesburg is anywhere between 12h 55min and 35h depending on which airlines you use and the stopovers along the way. Most routes have at least one stopover, with the cheap flights to South Africa having two or three stops, although there is one direct flight route available with Cathay Pacific. O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), the major airport in Johannesburg, is one of the gateway airports to the rest of Africa. Connecting flights to other cities in South Africa, such as Cape Town and Durban, regularly leave from O. R. Tambo International Airport. The airport is between Johannesburg and Pretoria and a half an hour ride to most hotels, as well as the city centre. Another major airport in South Africa is Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Flights from Hong Kong to Cape Town can take anywhere between 19h and 42h.

Where can you get direct flights to South Africa from?

A direct flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg is available on Cathay Pacific, lasting around 12h 55min. Other air carriers with flights to South Africa on this route include Singapore Airlines, Ethiopian Air, and Qatar Airways. Single stopovers are in Singapore, Addis Ababa, and Doha. The route with two stops is via Bangkok and Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Air. The duration of the stopovers differs depending on the time of travel. One-stop flights to Cape Town usually stop in Doha, while two-stop deals usually stop in Bangkok and Addis Ababa before reaching the South African city.

What is the best way to travel around South Africa?

South Africa is a large country with long distances between cities. car hire gives you the most flexibility, so you can explore the many quaint towns along the major routes, such as Johannesburg to Durban or Cape Town. Check online for South Africa flight deals between cities for a fast way to visit the major cities. The flight from Johannesburg to Durban takes an hour and Johannesburg to Cape Town is two hours. There are various bus companies operating throughout the country, from Greyhound with air conditioning and comfortable seating to the smaller Baz Bus for backpackers. Travel by train has various options, including a few luxury tourist trains, which are magnificent. The South African Railways train service, Shosholoza Meyl, offers long-distance passenger train services with Economy Sleeper Class and Deluxe Sleeper Class. It travels between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London, and Port Elizabeth at affordable rates.

What are some things to do in South Africa?

Being a big country full of diversity and heritage, South Africa offers many attractions – the biggest problem you'll have is deciding what to fit in during your visit. A trip to the Kruger National Park is top of your list. This huge protected national park teems with wild animals in their natural habitat. You can visit in your own rented vehicle or join a group on a guided tour. When in Johannesburg, visit the Apartheid Museum to learn about the history of inequality. Take in a Soweto tour to experience the culture and diversity of Johannesburg. If you're a beach lover, Durban's beachfront is worth visiting, with the sandy beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. To escape the crowds, head south from Durban and hike the Wild Coast. Cape Town is one of the best parts of the country with so much to do, from scenic drives to award-winning wineries, penguins at Boulders Beach to climbing Table Mountain. If you don't have the time or energy, there is a cable car to take you to the top.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to South Africa?

Hong Kong passport holders visiting South Africa for less than 30 days do not need visas. Your passport must be valid for 30 days after your return date. Your passport needs two blank pages for your entry and departure stamp by the South African Immigration Services.

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