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Flights to South Africa

A Trip to South Africa 

Situated at the tip of southern Africa, South Africa is a remarkable country renowned for its wine and gold production. The country is a popular travel destination owing to its culture, flora and fauna.

There are no direct flights between India and South Africa. Airlines with connecting flights to South Africa are Emirates, KLM, Saudia, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, United, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air China, Etihad Airways, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Singapore Airlines, Air France, EL AL Israel Airlines, Lufthansa, Kenya Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Swiss, Egypt Air, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air Austral. The popular airports in South Africa for travellers from India are Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria. Check this section for details on all airports in the country.

How to Find Cheap Flights to South Africa?

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  • The price alert tool on Skyscanner’s website sends notifications whenever there is a change in price. Regular updates are sent from time to time and you can always modify your subscription as per your convenience
  • To find the cheapest month to travel to South Africa, take a look at our month view tool and book your tickets accordingly

Which City is Cheap to Fly to in South Africa?

There are multiple conveniently located airports in South Africa that a traveller from India can fly into. To find the cheapest cities to travel to , check the countries section and select your preferred country. The page you will be redirected to, will have a brief description about the country, its cities and their airfares.

Domestic Travel between Cities

  • South Africa has a convenient and well-established air travel system with multiple domestic airports within the country, that allow all tourists to move around with ease
  • Intercity buses are easily available in all major cities of South Africa
  • South Africa’s extensive railway network makes travelling around the country a comfortable and budget-efficient option
  • You can also hire a car and drive your way across the country, provided you have an international driving license

Before you Book your South Africa Flight Tickets

Visa for Indians Flying to South Africa

To apply for a visa before flying to South Africa, all Indian citizens must have valid documents like an Indian passport. For more information, visit the VFS Global website. 

Best Time to Visit South Africa

The country has a varied terrain that ranges from desert and semi-desert to sub-tropical climate depending on the regions. Most parts of the country receive rainfall during summers (Dec to Feb) with an exception of Western Cape, which receives rainfall during winters (Jun to Aug). Summers are hot while winters can be chilly with the temperatures hovering around zero. South Africa is a large nation and the best time to visit depends on upon your interests and the particular region of the country you are traveling to. 

Time and Weather Difference between India and South Africa

India is 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of South Africa. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa remains cold during June to August. Summers here last from December to March, making the beaches more appealing due to the warm and dry days. Some regions in South Africa receive heavy rainfall during the winter months.

Currency and Exchange Rates between India and South Africa

1 South African Rand equals to 4.66 Indian Rupees. Although the cost of living is cheaper in South Africa, gadgets and other equipment come at almost the same prices as that in India.

Culture and Important Information to Know before you Fly to South Africa

South Africa has a rich cultural heritage. Although extensive growth and urbanisation have brought modernity to the place, the traditions and customs still retain their importance in the society. As the majority of the population is of indigenous origin, different languages are spoken among the locals here. The popular Zulu Reed Dance Festival which is held every year in September, is a good time to explore the local culture.

Following points should be kept in mind when travelling to South Africa:

  • Do not address the indigenous people as ‘black’. Also, do not call the locals ‘African’ or ‘Dutchmen’, without being sure of their origin
  • It is wise not to pass any racial comment, as the country has a sensitive history related to the same

Things To Do in South Africa

The city of Cape Town in South Africa, with its beaches and wine routes, is famous worldwide. Durban, Newcastle, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein are other popular cities worth a visit. There are more than 20 national parks in South Africa offering diverse attractions, wildlife and floral scenery. The Kruger National Park housing a variety of wildlife, is world-renowned and one of the must-visit attractions in the country. Visit the World Heritage sites of Robben Island, a mystic place where Nelson Mandela was kept imprisoned for many years, as well as the Cradle of Humankind, a paleoanthropological site which contains fossils that date back to millions of years. Your trip to South Africa is incomplete without a tour of at least one wine route. The country’s cuisine is a blend of cuisines from Africa, Britain, Germany, India and the Portugal. The country is also famous for its gold and diamonds products.

NOTE: All the information mentioned above is correct as of 12th May 2016.

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