There are frequent direct and indirect flights by major airlines from destinations throughout Europe, North America, the East and Australasia to South Africa.
From the United Kingdom to South Africa
From the United Kingdom, South African Airways and British Airways offer the most direct flights but there are numerous European Airlines offering the same flight. London to Johannesburg is an eleven and a half hour direct flight and London to Cape Town direct is twelve hours flying time.
From Germany to South Africa
From Germany, Lufthansa and South African Airways offer direct flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Johannesburg with a flying time of 10 hours and twenty-five minutes. During South Africa’s summer months Lufthansa also operate a direct flight from Frankfurt to Cape Town and Air Berlin from Munich to Cape Town.
From the USA to South Africa
From the U.S.A the only direct flight to South Africa is with South African Airways and Delta Air Lines. SAA from New York (JFK) and Washington Dulles. Delta Airlines from Atlanta. Both Air Lines fly to Johannesburg.
From most other USA Destinations (e.g. Washington D.C., New York L.A., Miami or San Francisco) you can fly via a European capital with a European carrier such as British Airways, KLM, Air France or United. Alternatively some of the Middle Eastern carriers are also flying into the USA, such as Emirates and Etihad.
From Australia to South Africa
From Australia, Qantas offers direct flights from Sydney to Johannesburg and South African Airways offer direct flights from Perth. Total flying time is approximately 11 hours and 5 minutes.
Based on shortest flight times without disembarking – many, many others available.
Speak to your travel agent about getting the most convenient flights and cost effective flights for you.
South Africa’s major airports include:
- OR Tambo International in Gauteng
- Cape Town International in the Western Cape
- King Shaka International in KwaZulu-Natal
Delegates should arrive at OR Tambo International
If you’d prefer to go it alone, remember that vehicles in South Africa are right hand drive and travel on the left hand side of the road. You will require an international driver’s license and a minimum of 5 years driving experience. Public roads in South Africa are well developed and well sign-posted. Hiring a private car, or 4×4 is quite affordable here. Cars and 4×4’s can usually be hired at the major airports across the country, while bigger or more specialised vehicles can be organised online ahead of time. It’s a fantastic was to get around, enabling you to explore at your own pace.
There are three kinds of taxis in South Africa. They are:
Private Shuttle Services – these are not readily available to be hailed down on the streets, but need to be arranged (via an app or phone call) ahead of time. They tend to be safe and efficient, and operate in most towns and cities. These are often a better option for smaller towns with limited services.
Public / minibus taxis – commonly used by local commuters, these taxis are not quite as reliable or safe as the private taxis. They can also be a little overwhelming for visitors to negotiate, so it’s often best to avoid using these unless you’re familiar with how they work.
Rideshare apps – Uber, Taxify and Bolt enable you to get transport via an app on your smartphone. They are gaining in popularity in urban areas with tourists and locals alike as they are more affordable, easier to hail and have a good reputation.
The Gautrain is an 80-km long mass rapid transit railway system that links Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport.
Gautrain offers two distinct train services: an Airport Service linking Sandton and Marlboro to the OR Tambo International Airport and a Commuter Service linking
Rhodesfield, Marlboro, and Sandton (east-west link) and Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria Central and Hatfield (north-south link). All stations with the exception of the Airport station have integrated car parking facilities.