Cheap flights to South Africa

Cheap Flights to South Africa

South Africa, sometimes referred to as therainbow nation, offers visitors the chance to see nature in a different way. Compared to tropical beaches, mountainous Switzerland or rainforest-rich Brazil, Africa can feel far wilder and rawer. From the beautiful Garden Route on the Western Cape to the subtropical parks of KwaZulu-Natal in the arid heart of the country, the landscapes and the wildlife of South Africa can seem bigger, more powerful and more intense than anywhere else. Whether it's the monstrous crocodiles of the Western Cape, the sand dunes in the deserts of the Eastern Cape, the wild, trekker-friendly coastal regions or the Elephant National Park, South Africa promises to make every trip the trip of a lifetime.

Planning your trip to South Africa

Set deep in the southern hemisphere, South Africa has seasons that run counter to the northern hemisphere. The months of June and July are wintry, and December is summer, a time when the entire country either slows down or shuts down altogether for the holiday season.

Summer in South Africa tends to be mild, but the rains can be unpredictable. In general, the months of March, April and May are the most comfortable to visit. It's not as windy, the weather is mild, and the country is no longer overrun by tourists. At this time, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and the Kruger National Park to the east of Johannesburg, are all warm, and only experience occasional thundershowers (which can brighten things up considerably).

Canadians require no visa to visit South Africa on tourism-related trips under 90 days. Since South Africa is a popular destination, with the attendant premium pricing on tickets and hotel stays, planning your visit in the April-and-May shoulder season gives you the best pricing advantage. Using a tool like Skyscanner can help you plan for the best prices. The tool even helps with car rentals, an important detail, because it makes sense to rent a car and drive your way through the country. You get great control over what you get to see, and it tends to be very safe.

While many people do worry about the level of crime in this country, it's important to remember that news reports make things sound much worse than they are. While crime certainly can be a problem in central Johannesburg, it isn't a concern if most of your trip takes you to the country's various national parks.

Things to do in South Africa

Given a few weeks, you could do every national park in South Africa's in turn. It would be a far better approach to take the most important locations first, however. If you start with Cape Town, for example, you get to admire the dramatic Table Mountain. Drive from there to the beautiful cities of the Western Cape. Admire the old-world Dutch architecture, and then start along the Garden Route.

Once you've taken in all the beautiful sights you want, you will then arrive in Johannesburg and enjoy the city's urban milieu. Continuing on to Kruger National Park, the most famous of them all, you will have the time of your life with the Big Five.

There's so much to do in South Africa, you won't be able to help wondering about how much you missed, even when you've given yourself weeks. You can always come back, however.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.