Cheap flights to South Africa from $428

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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 3,073,952 searches and data was last updated on April 23, 2024.

Popular in

July

Cheapest in

September

Average price

$1,292

Round-trip from

$985

One-way from

$503
High demand for flights, 12% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 1% potential price drop
Average for round-trip flights in April 2024
From New York to Johannesburg
One-way flight from New York to South Africa

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Cheap flights to South Africa in April & May 2024

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The below flights offer some of the lowest fares to South Africa in April and May 2024. Prices refresh often so be sure to come back soon for more deals.
Cheap flights to Johannesburg
Mon 4/2911:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop38h 30mSAUDIA
Sat 5/119:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$695
Fri 5/311:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop27h 05mSAUDIA
Mon 5/139:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/21$725
Sun 5/511:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop27h 05mSAUDIA
Mon 5/209:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$741
Mon 5/611:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop38h 30mSAUDIA
Sat 5/119:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$757
Mon 5/611:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop38h 30mSAUDIA
Sat 5/119:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$761
Sun 4/2811:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop27h 05mSAUDIA
Mon 5/139:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$765
Mon 5/611:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop38h 30mSAUDIA
Mon 5/209:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$816
Sun 5/510:00 pmJFK - JNB
2 stops23h 55mEthiopian Air
Sun 5/1211:00 pmJNB - JFK
2 stops27h 00mEthiopian Air
Deal found 4/22$861
Sun 5/511:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop27h 05mSAUDIA
Mon 5/209:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/23$873
Cheap flights to Cape Town
Mon 5/1310:00 pmJFK - CPT
2 stops33h 45mEthiopian Air
Tue 5/211:50 pmCPT - JFK
2 stops36h 10mEthiopian Air
Deal found 4/22$814
Mon 5/610:00 pmJFK - CPT
2 stops33h 45mEthiopian Air
Sun 5/121:50 pmCPT - JFK
2 stops36h 10mEthiopian Air
Deal found 4/22$869
Sat 4/2710:00 pmJFK - CPT
2 stops33h 45mEthiopian Air
Sat 5/181:50 pmCPT - JFK
2 stops36h 10mEthiopian Air
Deal found 4/22$880
Tue 4/304:45 pmIAD - CPT
1 stop37h 05mTurkish Airlines
Wed 5/84:35 pmCPT - IAD
1 stop28h 10mTurkish Airlines
Deal found 4/22$939
Sun 4/289:45 pmIAD - CPT
1 stop32h 05mTurkish Airlines
Wed 5/84:35 pmCPT - IAD
1 stop28h 10mTurkish Airlines
Deal found 4/22$952
Mon 5/131:45 pmJFK - CPT
1 stop25h 55mKenya Airways
Tue 5/2111:00 pmCPT - JFK
1 stop38h 35mKenya Airways
Deal found 4/22$956
Sun 4/281:45 pmJFK - CPT
2 stops26h 55mMultiple Airlines
Sat 5/182:05 pmCPT - JFK
1 stop23h 30mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 4/22$963
Thu 5/29:50 pmIAD - CPT
1 stop32h 00mTurkish Airlines
Wed 5/84:35 pmCPT - IAD
1 stop28h 10mTurkish Airlines
Deal found 4/22$969
Mon 5/610:55 amIAD - CPT
1 stop21h 35mEthiopian Air
Sun 5/121:50 pmCPT - IAD
2 stops25h 05mEthiopian Air
Deal found 4/22$970
Cheap flights to Durban
Sat 4/279:45 pmIAD - DUR
3 stops28h 10mMultiple Airlines
Wed 5/19:45 amDUR - IAD
3 stops29h 10mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 4/22$1,070
Thu 5/24:10 pmSFO - DUR
1 stop33h 40mQatar Airways
Thu 5/166:30 amDUR - SFO
2 stops40h 20mQatar Airways
Deal found 4/23$1,184
Sat 4/2710:50 amIAD - DUR
2 stops25h 25mMultiple Airlines
Wed 5/19:45 amDUR - IAD
3 stops29h 10mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 4/22$1,199
Thu 5/24:10 pmSFO - DUR
2 stops57h 30mQatar Airways
Thu 5/1612:10 pmDUR - SFO
2 stops34h 40mQatar Airways
Deal found 4/23$1,216
Fri 5/101:45 pmJFK - DUR
2 stops38h 40mKenya Airways
Sat 5/1810:55 amDUR - JFK
2 stops50h 40mKenya Airways
Deal found 4/22$1,217
Sat 4/274:45 pmIAD - DUR
2 stops38h 10mTurkish Airlines
Wed 5/13:05 pmDUR - IAD
2 stops29h 40mTurkish Airlines
Deal found 4/22$1,306
Wed 5/110:00 pmJFK - DUR
3 stops27h 35mEthiopian Air
Tue 5/76:40 pmDUR - JFK
3 stops31h 20mEthiopian Air
Deal found 4/23$1,346
Tue 4/2310:50 amIAD - DUR
2 stops25h 50mMultiple Airlines
Fri 4/2611:15 amDUR - IAD
3 stops27h 40mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 4/22$1,399
Thu 5/164:10 pmSFO - DUR
1 stop33h 40mQatar Airways
Sun 5/1911:15 amDUR - SFO
2 stops35h 35mQatar Airways
Deal found 4/22$1,404

South Africa 2024 flight deals

Explore flight deals for South Africa in 2024, offering the best prices and options to suit your preferences. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 3,073,952 searches and data were last updated on April 23, 2024.
These are some of the best deals we've found on flights to South Africa in 2024 at this time. If these deals don't appeal to you, be sure to come back soon for more options.
Mon 4/2911:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop38h 30mSAUDIA
Sat 5/119:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$695
Fri 5/311:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop27h 05mSAUDIA
Mon 5/139:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/21$725
Sun 5/511:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop27h 05mSAUDIA
Mon 5/209:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$741
Mon 5/611:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop38h 30mSAUDIA
Sat 5/119:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$757
Mon 5/611:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop38h 30mSAUDIA
Sat 5/119:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$761
Sun 4/2811:00 amJFK - JNB
1 stop27h 05mSAUDIA
Mon 5/139:40 pmJNB - JFK
1 stop41h 20mSAUDIA
Deal found 4/22$765

One-way flights to South Africa

Explore one-way flight options to South Africa for greater flexibility in your travel plans. Find up-to-date pricing and availability for one-way flights. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 3,073,952 searches and data was last updated on April 23, 2024.
Choose from one of these one-way flights departing to South Africa. If you're in need of a round-trip flight to South Africa instead, make sure to update the search form at the top of page.
Sat 5/412:00 pmIAD - JNB
1 stop37h 10mEgypt Air
Deal found 4/22$428
Thu 9/198:00 pmJFK - CPT
1 stop34h 45mKenya Airways
Deal found 4/22$536
Mon 6/312:30 amJFK - DUR
3 stops37h 40mMultiple Airlines
Deal found 4/22$843

Direct flights to South Africa

Tue 10/18:50 pmEWR - JNB
Nonstop14h 55mUnited Airlines
Thu 10/3110:00 pmJNB - EWR
Nonstop16h 00mUnited Airlines
Deal found 4/23$1,311
Sat 9/216:30 pmIAD - CPT
Nonstop14h 50mUnited Airlines
Fri 10/48:00 pmCPT - IAD
Nonstop15h 35mUnited Airlines
Deal found 4/22$1,311
Mon 9/236:30 pmIAD - CPT
Nonstop14h 50mUnited Airlines
Tue 10/88:00 pmCPT - IAD
Nonstop15h 35mUnited Airlines
Deal found 4/23$1,361
Wed 5/88:40 pmEWR - CPT
Nonstop14h 30mUnited Airlines
Thu 5/167:50 pmCPT - EWR
Nonstop15h 50mUnited Airlines
Deal found 4/23$1,411
Thu 5/99:10 pmEWR - JNB
Nonstop14h 35mUnited Airlines
Thu 5/238:00 pmJNB - EWR
Nonstop15h 40mUnited Airlines
Deal found 4/23$1,411
Mon 10/146:30 pmIAD - CPT
Nonstop14h 50mUnited Airlines
Sun 10/208:00 pmCPT - IAD
Nonstop15h 35mUnited Airlines
Deal found 4/22$1,411
Thu 5/99:10 pmEWR - JNB
Nonstop14h 35mLufthansa
Thu 5/238:00 pmJNB - EWR
Nonstop15h 40mLufthansa
Deal found 4/23$1,438
Wed 5/158:40 pmEWR - CPT
Nonstop14h 30mUnited Airlines
Thu 5/307:50 pmCPT - EWR
Nonstop15h 30mUnited Airlines
Deal found 4/22$1,461
Sun 5/129:10 pmEWR - JNB
Nonstop14h 35mUnited Airlines
Thu 5/238:00 pmJNB - EWR
Nonstop15h 40mUnited Airlines
Deal found 4/22$1,461

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 $602 while a round-trip flight costs $948. Price data was last updated on April 14, 2024.

Currently, January is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to South Africa (average of $1,187). Flying to South Africa in July will prove the most costly (average of $1,841). There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

January

$1,187

February

$1,226

March

$1,283

April

$1,287

May

$1,390

June

$1,572

July

$1,841

August

$1,481

September

$1,324

October

$1,273

November

$1,283

December

$1,388

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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Temperature

50 - 68 °F

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 68.0 F. Travelers looking to avoid the cold should look outside of June, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 50.0 F).

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

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a round-trip flight to South Africa. Price data was last updated on January 28, 2024.
The best time to book flights to South Africa is 70 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.
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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 April 23, 2024.
Read through reviews of airlines servicing South Africa, such as Egypt Air, Delta and American Airlines. Reviews also offer insight into each airline's entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.1
Very good
4,072 reviews

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

8.3

Food

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.3

Reviews

1 / 10

Food could have been better they served beef on the flight to India so they did not have enough option of the veg option for customers and half the flight did not get a meal

8.1
Very good
4,072 reviews
8.1
Very good
4,072 reviews

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

8.3

Food

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.3

Reviews

1 / 10

Food could have been better they served beef on the flight to India so they did not have enough option of the veg option for customers and half the flight did not get a meal

8.1
Very good
11,028 reviews
8.1
Very good
4,072 reviews

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

8.3

Food

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.3

Reviews

1 / 10

Food could have been better they served beef on the flight to India so they did not have enough option of the veg option for customers and half the flight did not get a meal

7.9
Good
1,632 reviews
8.1
Very good
4,072 reviews

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

8.3

Food

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.3

Reviews

1 / 10

Food could have been better they served beef on the flight to India so they did not have enough option of the veg option for customers and half the flight did not get a meal

7.8
Good
2,075 reviews
8.1
Very good
4,072 reviews

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

8.3

Food

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.3

Reviews

1 / 10

Food could have been better they served beef on the flight to India so they did not have enough option of the veg option for customers and half the flight did not get a meal

7.7
Good
4,483 reviews
8.1
Very good
4,072 reviews

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Entertainment

8.3

Food

7.9

Overall

8.1

Crew

8.3

Reviews

1 / 10

Food could have been better they served beef on the flight to India so they did not have enough option of the veg option for customers and half the flight did not get a meal

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.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to South Africa if I am willing to have layovers?

    Yes, flights with layovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to South Africa on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the best airline to fly to South Africa?

    Based on reviews from Cheapflights users, SAUDIA is rated the highest out of the airlines that fly to South Africa.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in South Africa?

    Cape Town Intl Airport is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in South Africa. One-way flights to Cape Town Intl Airport typically cost $29, while round-trip flights cost around $52.

  • How much is a round-trip flight to South Africa?

    A round-trip flight to South Africa will typically cost around $126, however they can be found for as little as $52.

  • Where does the fastest flight to South Africa depart from?

    For those looking to save time traveling to South Africa, New York offers the quickest one-way flight (14 hours 30 minutes).

  • Does Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport can take advantage of the rental car services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport?

    Yes. Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Protea Hotel by Marriott Transit O.R. Tambo Airport is the closest property to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport (0.0 mi away from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport).

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