So how do you get to South Africa?
There are very few options here, either take a flight or drive through Africa from Europe. The second option of course is not very common but you will have a wonderful experience.
Please remember that you will need a volunteer visa if you are staying for more than three months, click here for more information.
Flights to South Africa normally start at about R9,000 for a return flight, tax included.
The main airlines that fly to South Africa are South African Airways, Virgin and British Airways. There are other airlines that fly this route so check it out.
There is often an layover so check your times and how long you will be waiting.
If you take an internal flight please make sure you leave about two to three hours between your flights, the international arrival/departure building is a bit of a walk to the domestic building.
Saving a bit of money!!!
Normally the cheapest flights are to Johannesburg but if you are going to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London or George you can get internal flights. It is best to book these separately as you will probably pay allot more through a travel agent or website. You can book these flights directly online by using Kulula, 1 Time or Mango, all of these are internal flight companies.
South African Internal Budget Flights - From R400 (about $45)
International Flight Companies
Travel Search Engines
Its always best to check flights with a flight search engine, they search thousands of flights and give you the best prices. There are quite a few to choose from but we prefer Kayak & Travel Start.
Oliver Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), previously Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), is located 22km from the city centre and has acquired the status of sub-Saharan Africa’s world-class air transport centre. Facilities at the airport include ATMs, banks, bureaux de change, a post office, conference and business facilities, food outlets, shops, a 24-hour medical clinic, and car hire agencies. Luggage storage facilities are available in the domestic arrivals and international departures terminals, and a free shuttle bus operates between terminals.
Cape Town International Airport (CIA), South Africa's second largest airport, is located 20 minutes from the city centre. Facilities at the airport include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, a post office, food, duty free shops, and car rental agencies. Luggage storage facilities are available in the domestic arrivals and international departures terminals.
Durban International Airport (DIA) was recently upgraded; airport facilities include ATMs, bureau de change, a banking hall, post office, pharmacy, food outlets, shops, conference and business facilities, and car hire agencies.
Ok so that's it from us on getting to South Africa, if you have any questions please feel free to ask. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org