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Getting around South Africa by air

OOur award-winning national carrier, South African Airways is one of 70 international airlines that fly into South Africa. South African Airways flies to destinations all over the world and is connected to major international air routes, making it easier for you to enter the country from pretty much any corner of the world.

It’s quite a lengthy flight from Europe (10 to 12 hours), Asia (12 to 17 hours) and the United States (up to 15 hours or even more). You’ll most likely fly directly into O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, or increasingly, there are direct flights into Cape Town International Airport.

Durban’s King Shaka International Airport is South Africa’s third major international airport, located about 35km north of Durban. So don’t rule this paradise on the sea out of your direct travel plans.

Apart from the world-class international airports, there are a number of domestic airports including Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein, as well as airports in East London, George, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Upington.

It doesn’t stop there. You’ll even find scheduled flights between Johannesburg and privately-owned airports that allow you to access rather more isolated locations such as the Kruger National Park by flight. One particular airport is the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport outside Mbombela (Nelspruit), which serves the Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga.

If that’s not enough, several upmarket game lodges operate their own airstrips and charter direct flights from O.R. Tambo and other airports.

If you’re intending on going on a safari with your family or friends then you should consider making a pitstop in Johannesburg or Cape Town to catch your breath. Take this opportunity to change your time zone to the new one, get a feel of the country, or go sightseeing before flying to your next destination.

South Africa on social media

Today we launch #BakkieStories, following a trio of UK celebrities on the ultimate South African road trip! 🇿🇦 Join us as we take TV presenter @mayajama, Instagram sensation @aliceliveing and travel blogger @saunderscb on an unbelievable 10 day journey through South Africa from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Follow the hashtag #BakkieStories or visit our website (link in our profile) to learn more.

Jo’Burg in 60 seconds! Check out today’s Instagram Stories to see the full video. 🇿🇦👍🏼 #MeetSouthAfrica #Johannesburg

"No password, no entry." Xena takes her job of park keeper very seriously! 😉 This pride of lions was spotted at Kruger National park by photographer @leo.bodgies. #WowSouthAfrica

We are in South Africa with @mayajama @aliceliveing and @saunderscb for an epic road trip! 🇿🇦 Tune in next week as we drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town. 🇿🇦 There’ll be some awesome food and wine, some crazy extreme bungee stuff, some surfing, and lots and lots of sharks!! And we’re doing it all in a bakkie, (which is what the locals call a pick-up truck.) Come and meet South Africa with us, and check out our #BakkieStories!

A weekend coffee from Cape Town's Counter Culture cafe. ☕️ (P.S. Ask for 'The Swan' for some impressive latte art!)

Road trip lovers will enjoy the legendary and notoriously hair-raising Sani Pass. Located in South Africa's Kwa Zulu-Natal province, the pass climbs to an altitude of 2,876m above sea level! Best tackled in 4x4's the views from this altitude are nothing less than awe-inspiring! 💚 Photo by @thelawry.

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