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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

With all the buzz that’s happening in the Soweto, South of Johannesburg this weekend why not take a #ShotLeft to Lebo’s Soweto Backpacker’s for an awesome township experience. This is anything from enjoying a bike tour that takes you through some of Soweto’s gems, historic sites & hanging spots to reggae camping. Be sure to pack comfortable clothing suitable for bike riding and a daypack for your camera and other goods. Thanks for the image @sowetobybike. #ShotLeft #Travelgram #Traveller #wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #Biketours #bacckpackers #Soweto #adventure

@thornybush_collection should be added on your #ShotLeft bucklist for these holidays & here’re a few reasons why: It offers a Thornybush experience that is all about making the most of its enchanting environment, giving you one of the finest bush experiences in our country. This destination is also the perfect spot for stargazing as the sun sets. You get to enjoy a massage on a wooden deck with the sounds of nature in the background or unwind in a heated rock pool with a big African sky as your ceiling. Thanks @simplycyn for this stunning image. #ShotLeft #adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #exploresouthafrica #mycountry #Wonderlustsouthafrica

Why not take a #ShotLeft to the Point of Human Origin in Mossel Bay and immerse yourself in our country’s rich cultural & natural heritage. Kick start you adventure with a Human Origins Experience tour which is all about the beginnings of modern human behaviour followed by a guided cave tour by friendly tour guide. Explore the beauty of South Africa! Awesome snap @kmaphai #ShotLeft #adventure #Travelgram #Traveller #MosselBay #adventure #Wonderlustsouthafrica #exploresouthafrica #mycountry

God’s Window is a sunshine break destination along the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga that offers more than a brochure, travel website can explain or prepare you for on your #ShotLeft adventure. It is one of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve’s most spectacular viewpoints, with astonishing views over South Africa’s Lowveld. On a clear day over the famous Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on South Africa’s border Mozambique. Pitstops around the area: Be sure to stop at some of the region's beautiful waterfalls: Lone Creek Falls, Mac Mac Falls, Berlin & Lisbon Falls. Things to pack: A pair of awesome shades, sunscreen, hat, camera & binoculars. Thanks for the stunning image @pulengmotswafrika. #ShotLeft #Adventure #GodsWindow #Mpumalanga #PanoramaRoute #exploresouthafrica #Travelgram #Wonderlustsouthafrica #travelsouthafrica #mycountry #Travel

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