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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 inJulyHigh demand for flights, 40% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 8% potential price drop
Average price$1,044Average for round-trip flights in September 2021
Round-trip from$909From Las Vegas McCarran to South Africa
One-way from$10One-way flight from Las Vegas McCarran (LAS) to South Africa

Cheap flights to South Africa in September, October 2021

The best prices found for JNB flights for September, October
27 Sep - 8 Oct
$921pp
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
27 Sep - 15 Oct
$1,067pp
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
United Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
27 Sep - 15 Oct
$1,071pp
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
United Airlines
 
1 STOP
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran

South Africa 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Africa found for this year
2 Nov - 20 Nov
$899pp
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
   
2 STOPS
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
2 Nov - 20 Nov
$909pp
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
   
2 STOPS
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
2 Nov - 20 Nov
$918pp
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
   
2 STOPS
LAS
Las Vegas McCarran

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
$792
February
$822
March
$852
April
$947
May
$991
June
$1,478
July
$1,398
August
$964
September
$974
October
$980
November
$871
December
$980
Currently, January is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to South Africa. Flying to South Africa in June will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to South Africa?

Average Johannesburg flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
LAS - ZA1
Price
$792 - $1,856
ZA1
Temperature
64.4 - 78.8 °F
ZA1
Precipitation
0.16 - 5.94 inches
April is typically the best time to fly to South Africa, but there are other times where great deals are available. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to South Africa, the warmest period tends to be January, with the wettest being December.

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

The best time to book flights to South Africa is 51 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?

At the moment, Sunday is the most economical day to take a flight to South Africa. Saturday is likely to be the most costly.

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

At the moment, flights in the afternoon are likely to offer the best value for money for your South Africa trip. A flight in the morning will more often than not be of higher cost.

Best Time to Fly to South Africa

Peak season:

South Africa is a year-round destination so cheap flights to South Africa can always be found. The best times to visit depend on the activity you have in mind. Southern-hemisphere rules apply when it comes to seasons. South Africa’s summer lasts from November to February – warm with heavy rains in the afternoons.

Average winter temperatures range between 52 degrees (F) in Johannesburg and 63 degrees in Durban; while summer temperatures hover between 66 (in Johannesburg) and 75 (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.

Why you should take a flight to South Africa

South Africa has been the center of trials and tribulations over the centuries, but today travelers book flights to South Africa on far more personal journeys. 

Traditional black cultures still reign through much of South Africa, making this country the must-see spot for anyone booking flights to South Africa in search of their history and heritage. However, a trip to South Africa means dealing with more than just rejoicing a post-apartheid way of life. After centuries of struggle, South Africa finally shed its oppressive policies and continues to rebuild its reputation, post-apartheid and social exclusiveness. Still, most of its people still live in poverty and are plagued by disease. In vast contrast, the country is blessed with natural beauty, landscape, wildlife and endless opportunity. This is also the reason many travelers book South Africa flights. As the country continues to grow, airline tickets to South Africa and tourist travel help build the economy. 

Whether you travel to South Africa on a safari or a spiritual mission, your South Africa flight will be the first part of a true exploration.

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South Africa climate

South Africa is generally sunny and hot in the summer, which lasts from December to April. The winter is mild. The country is large and has many different climates. The Cape is cold and wet in the winter, with snow falling in the mountains. Northern areas get regular thunderstorms on summer evenings, while winters are warm by day and cold at night.

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Getting around South Africa

There are eight domestic airlines operating South Africa flights. 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 South Africa flights include Airlink, Kululu.com, 1time, 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.

The following chart gives approximate journey times from

The following chart gives approximate journey times from Cape Town (in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in South Africa.

  Air Road Rail
Johannesburg 2.00 15.00 24.00
Durban 2.00 18.00 38.00
Pretoria 2.00 16.00 26.00
Port Elizabeth 1.00 7.00

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South Africa Travel Information

  • South Africa has 20 national parks, of which Kruger is the largest and best-known. It was established in 1898 and is 217 miles long, 40 miles wide and about 7722 square miles. 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 lies on almost 9 million acres. 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, which can be heard from some Hermanus hotels, 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. Ask your Johannesburg hotel for museum information when you arrive.
  • Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The cable car whooshes up the mountain (3,560 feet) in less than 10 minutes and has a rotating floor offering 360-degree views of the city. If heights aren’t your thing, keep your feet on the ground and enjoy the sights from your Cape Town hotel.

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How popular are flights to South Africa this year?

Flights to South Africa have seen a 14% increase in demand compared to the previous year.

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