Getting here

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Other than traffic from our neighbouring countries, which still mostly makes its way into South Africa by road, most travellers use air services to get to South Africa.

Getting to South Africa is easy. The country boasts 3 international airports - OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and King Shaka International Airport in Durban. The lion's share of international airlines flying to South Africa fly into OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, also called ORTIA for short.  The airport is one of the busiest in Africa. All 3 airports are managed by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) - its website is a great source of South African travel information.

There are also limited means of getting to South Africa by sea. A number of cruise itineraries include Durban or Cape Town on their routes, while Safmarine's cargo ships, which sail between the UK and South African ports over a 2-week duration, offer a few passenger cabins.  There is also the well-known RMS St Helena which travel from the UK to Cape Town calling at the islands of Tenerife, St Helena and Ascension, as well as Walvis Bay in Namibia.

Here's a rundown of the airlines travelling to South Africa with scheduled weekly services.

Connections to South America are possible on SAA and Malaysia Airlines, and to India on SAA.

Africa Middle East Indian Ocean Islands Europe Australasia Americas
Air Botswana EgyptAir Air Austral Air France Cathay Pacific Delta Air Lines
Air Malawi El Al Air Madagascar Air France Cathay Pacific Delta Air Lines
Air Namibia Emirates Airlines Air Mauritius British Airways Qantas Delta Air Lines
Air Tanzania Etihad Airways Air Seychelles Iberia Airlines Singapore Airlines
Air Zimbabwe Qatar Airways KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Thai Airways
Rwandair Express Saudi Arabian Airlines Lufthansa
Eithiopian Airlines Turkish Airlines Olympic Airways
Air Gabon Swiss International Airlines
Hewa Bora Airways Virgin Atlantic Airways
Interair Air Berlin
Interlink Airlines
LAM Mozambique Airlines
TAAG Angolan Airlines
Pelican Air Services
SA Express
Air Afrique
Virgin Nigeria


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