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Flights to South Africa in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inSeptemberHigh demand for flights, 13% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average priceHK$6,796Average for round-trip flights in April 2021
Round-trip fromHK$5,367From Hong Kong to Johannesburg

Cheapest prices for South Africa flights by month

The cheapest ticket to South Africa found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
HK$7,117
February
HK$4,697
March
HK$6,680
April
HK$5,720
May
HK$5,066
June
HK$6,260
July
HK$6,017
August
HK$6,410
September
HK$6,346
October
HK$5,888
November
HK$6,841
December
HK$6,388
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to South Africa is currently February; with January being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to South Africa?

Average Johannesburg OR Tambo flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
HKG - JNB
Price
HK$4,697 - HK$11,973
JNB
Temperature
18 - 26 °C
JNB
Rainfall
4 - 151 mm
February is typically the best time to fly to South Africa, but there are other times where great deals are available. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to South Africa then January is statistically the hottest. December is historically the period with most rainfall.

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

The best time to book flights to South Africa is 25 days before your desired departure date. The cost of your flight will likely increase significantly if you book two weeks in advance of your flight.

Which day is cheapest to fly to South Africa?

The cheapest day to fly to South Africa is usually Sunday. At the moment, Saturday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to South Africa?

South Africa flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the morning. Booking a flight in the evening will likely mean higher prices.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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