Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
Local flights are cheaper if they are booked at least a week in advance. Unfortunately there are no last minute stand-by specials in this country!
Internal flights and flights in Southern Africa
South African Airlink /SAA
SAA fly to all major centres, as well as to George and Plettenberg Bay (on the Garden Route), Nelspruit (which is close to the Kruger National Park) and Upington (which is close to the Kalahari). They also have flights from Johannesburg to Mazini and Maseru in Swaziland, and between Durban and Maputo (Mozambique). There is a daily flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls.
www.saairlink.co.za Johannesburg: Tel: (011) 978 1111 Cape Town: Tel: (021) 936 1111
BA fly between Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. They also fly to Victoria Falls and Harare from Johannesburg every day. They fly from Jo’burg to Lusaka (the capital of Zambia) once a day, and once a day to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
British Airways is operated by Comair Johannesburg: Tel: (011) 921 0222 Cape Town: Tel: (021) 936 9000
South African Express
These guys fly you from Cape Town or Jo’burg to Hoedspruit airport - you can’t get any closer to the Kruger Park unless you have your own aeroplane. If you are a mega-buck tourist, they’ll fly you right into the Kruger National Park, landing at Skukuza. The flight goes via Sun City, so should you want, you can arrange a stop-over. They also fly to Gaberone in Botswana.
Johannesburg: Tel: (011) 978 5569
Flights within Africa
Johannesburg – Malawi: You can fly with SAA or Air Malawi. Johannesburg – Kenya: You can fly with SAA or Kenya Airways. Johannesburg - Dar es Salaam: You can fly with SAA and Air Tanzania.
Exotic destinations from Jo’burg with Interair - flying to Antananarivo, Reunion, Libreville, Seychelles, Douala, and Ndola. (I don’t know where these some of these places are, but you might.) Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no departure tax when you depart SA - it’s included in your ticket, although this may change. You will pay US $20 departure tax when you fly out of Zimbabwe and Kenya.
Really last words
Make sure there’s space in your bag to take stuff home. You don’t need 20kg of luggage to have a good holiday. Carry a backpack, not a mobile home. Be intrepid. And don’t worry about your giraffe - the airlines have had plenty of practise.
If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
Places to Stay
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
This centrally located Cape Town hostel is close to all the nightime action, Table Mountain and the Waterfront.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
Satvik in Tzaneen is a wonderful laid-back and rustic backpackers farm where time holds its breath and fish eagles are framed by seablue skies.
Set in a valley surrounded by rolling mountains and only five clicks from the border of Kruger Park
A great backpacking hostel near all the attractions in Swaziland.
This Plett backpackers is right up at the top of the Plettenberg Bay hill, with a great view.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)
This Port Edward backpackers is elegantly at one with nature. A lovely stop.
(Port Edward,South Coast)
This Kosi Bay backpackers is close to the magnificent Kosi Bay lake system and beaches where endangered turtles nest.
Mad about helicopters? This place is for you.
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)
This Wild coast hostel creates space and time to do absolutely nothing in, if that's what you desire.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
Daytrips to the Winelands
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)