South Africa is a vast country with varied landscape and eleven official languages. It is renowned for the wine and gold productions. For those who want to explore Africa, starting with South Africa is an excellent idea. The climate ranges from desert to sub-tropical.
Nationals of the United States, European Union and from many other countries do not require a visa to enter the country for 30 or 90 days or less. Make sure to have two blank pages in your passport when you enter the country and that the passport is valid for at least 30 days after the date of departure.
South Africa has ten international airports, the two major ones being Cape Town International and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Oliver Tambo International Airport (JNB) is a large airport located close to Johannesburg. It’s Africa’s busiest airport and receives both domestic and international traffic. The airport is hub for 1Time, Airlink, Interair South Africa, South African Airways , South African Express, Mango and Kulula. It handles directs flights from the rest of Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Asia and Australia
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the second busiest airport in South Africa and is located close to Cape Town. It is the third busiest airport on the African continent. It is a hub for South African Airways. It has flights to major domestic airports, as well as to several destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
King Shaka International Airport (DUR) is the main airport serving Durban and is located about 35 km from the city center. It replaced Durban International Airport as of May 2010. It receives a limited number of international flights and plenty of domestic ones.
Airlines that fly to South Africa
There are many airlines flying into the South African airports and it would be hard to list them all. Here is a list of the most important airlines serving the country:
- 1Time – Africa (South Africa)
- Air France – Europe (France)
- British Airways – Europe (UK), Africa (South Africa – operated by Comair)
- Cathay Pacific – Asia (Hong Kong)
- Delta Air Lines – North America (USA)
- EgyptAir – Africa (Egypt)
- El Al – Middle East (Israel)
- Emirates – Middle East (EAU)
- Iberia – Europe (Spain)
- KLM – Europe (Netherlands)
- Lufthansa – Europe (Germany)
- Malaysia Airlines – Asia (Malaysia)
- Qantas – Australia
- Singapore Airlines – Asia (Singapore)
- South African Airlines – South America (Argentina), Europe (Germany, UK), Asia (Hong Kong, India), North America (USA), Africa (South Africa)
- TAP Portugal – Europe (Portugal)
- Thai International Airways – Asia (Thailand)
- Turkish Airlines – Europe (Turkey)
- Virgin Atlantic Airways – Europe (UK)