Cheap flights to South Africa

ICT — JNB
Aug 16 — Aug 231

Flights to South Africa in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 6% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$950Average for round-trip flights in August 2022
Round-trip from$781From New York to Johannesburg
One-way from$448One-way flight from New York to South Africa

Cheap flights to South Africa in August, September 2022

The best prices found for ZA1 flights for August, September
Sep 25 - Oct 8
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

28h 30m
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

20h 05m
$790

Kenya Airways

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/9/22

Sep 26 - Oct 6
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

28h 25m
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

22h 55m
$792

Turkish Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

Sep 26 - Oct 6
EWR

Newark

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

28h 30m
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

EWR

Newark

1 stop

34h 10m
$792

Turkish Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

South Africa 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Africa found for this year
Nov 30 - Dec 11
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

32h 50m
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

2 stops

27h 15m
$781

Ethiopian Air

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

Nov 18 - Nov 25
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

38h 10m
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

36h 20m
$787

Kenya Airways

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/9/22

Sep 25 - Oct 8
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

28h 30m
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

1 stop

20h 05m
$790

Kenya Airways

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/9/22

Last minute flights to South Africa

Late deals on round-trip flights to South Africa, departing today and this week
Aug 21 - Sep 10
EWR

Newark

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

24h 25m
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

EWR

Newark

2 stops

26h 00m
$955

Ethiopian Air

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/9/22

Aug 19 - Sep 20
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

CPT

Cape Town Intl

2 stops

26h 55m
CPT

Cape Town Intl

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

2 stops

28h 15m
$991

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

Aug 21 - Sep 10
EWR

Newark

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

33h 35m
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

EWR

Newark

2 stops

35h 05m
$1,002

Ethiopian Air

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/10/22

What is the cheapest month to fly to South Africa?

The cheapest ticket to South Africa found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$906

February

$976

March

$974

April

$1,049

May

$1,043

June

$1,244

July

$1,506

August

$1,167

September

$1,026

October

$917

November

$975

December

$1,124

January is currently the cheapest month to fly to South Africa. At this moment in time July is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to South Africa?

Average South Africa flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

NYC - JNB

Price

$906 - $1,669

JNB

Temperature

50 - 68 °F

JNB

Rainfall

0 - 4.7 inches

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

The best time to book flights to South Africa is 13 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, Tuesday 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 at noon 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.

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.

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.

AirRoadRail
Johannesburg2.0015.0024.00
Durban2.0018.0038.00
Pretoria2.0016.0026.00
Port Elizabeth1.007.00

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.

South Africa airport overview

How long is the flight to Kruger Mpumalanga?

Flights from the United States to Kruger Mpumalanga, South Africa range from about 17h-38h. The precise length of your flight will depend on your departure city, as well as the number and length of stopovers you experience during your journey. If you’re departing from a major airport on the east coast, such as New York’s JRK or Boston Logan Airport, you can expect your flight to be on the shorter end of the range. On the other end of the spectrum, those flying out of the west coast, like from Seattle or San Francisco, may experience a flight time on the longer end of the range, due to distance and the increased chance of an added stopover.

Where can you get direct flights to Kruger Mpumalanga from?

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Kruger Mpumalanga from the United States. To try to decrease the length of your flight time, consider your nearest international airport and whether it services the airlines that typically fly into Kruger Mpumalanga, such as South African Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, and United Airlines. Booking a flight with these airlines may help decrease the number of stopovers for quicker overall flight time. You can expect to make stopovers in cities common to this route, such as New York, London, and Johannesburg.

How do you get from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to the city center?

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) mainly serves travelers to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park. To reach downtown Nelspruit from the airport, which is about 17 miles southwest of the airport, you can take a taxi, which will cost about $20-$25 and take about 25 minutes. If Kruger National Park is your destination, it isn’t advisable to take a taxi there, as the drive is about four hours away and a taxi would be exorbitant. You can, however, take a taxi from the airport to Whiteriver, just north of Nelspruit, and then take a bus to Phalaborwa, at which point you can take another taxi to Kruger National Park. This journey will cost between $52-$68 and take about four and a half hours. You can also rent a car, especially ideal if you’d like to explore Mpumalanga by car yourself.

What are some things to do in Kruger Mpumalanga?

Kruger Mpumalanga is an ideal gateway to Nelspruit city and the gorgeous Kruger National Park. Golf lovers will enjoy swinging the clubs at Ermelo Golf Club’s, thanks to its gorgeous greenery and location near the Vaal River. Visit Barberton Museum to gain further insight into the town’s history as the center for a gold rush in the late 19th century. Hike God’s Window along the Panorama Route to explore waterfalls, canyons, and rock formations.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Kruger Mpumalanga?

United States citizens traveling to Kruger Mpumalanga, South Africa need a valid passport, although a visa is not required for stays under 90 days.

How popular are flights to South Africa this year?

South Africa has seen a 59% increase in demand for flights to the city compared to last year.

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