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Direct Flights to South Africa
The beautiful country of South Africa is full of contrasts from its scenery and unique landscapes to amazing attractions, incredible wildlife and cultural diversity.
Located, as the name suggests, at the most southerly tip of the continent of Africa, it encompasses the Kalahari Desert, the wildlife-packed Kruger National Park, the scenic Garden Route, dramatic and rugged beaches of the Wild Coast, the mountains of the Drakensbergs, historic Zululand and the picturesque city of Cape Town.
There is a huge choice of airlines flying to South Africa with some of the world's best known airlines such as Emirates and Lufthansa operating frequent scheduled flights. If you would prefer to travel on direct flights from the UK, the 3 main airlines on this route are South African Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
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For South Africa’s best wildlife-spotting, head to the world famous Kruger National Park. This vast park is a nature-lovers haven with miles of savannah perfect for observing South Africa’s native animals including lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, rhinos and all kinds of other species.
The stunning city of Cape Town boasts one of the world’s best locations with Table Mountain in the background and a fantastic choice of beautiful beaches and idyllic vineyards in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek close by. With a vibrant arts scene, buzzy restaurants and great nightlife, Cape Town has it all. Visit the town of Hermanus for a spot of whale-watching, dive with sharks or tour the beaches, towns and wildlife reserves along the breathtaking Garden Route.
Explore the province of KwaZulu Natal with the lush greenery of the Drakensberg Mountains in the north, superb Game Reserves, pretty coastline and historic battlefields including the famous Rorke’s Drift.
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Generally to find cheap flights which offer you the most value, try to book outside of the busy times to travel such as over Christmas and during the school holidays, it is also preferable to book in advance as there will usually be a greater choice of low cost flights. If you need to book lastminute flights, Directflights.com can help you find the most competitive airfares and availability.
South Africa Climate
South Africa's climate is seasonal, getting quite chilly in winter (May-August). It's pleasantly warm and sunny in spring and autumn, and delightfully hot in summer (November-March) with frequent heavy tropical rains and hailstorms to cool things down. The thunder and lightening storms over Africa's big skies are quite spectacular.
Even in winters the chill is nothing compared with European standards, with mild frost occasional, and snow a rarity. The rainiest months in Cape Town are May to August, and Johannesburg receives most of its rain in summer. Christmas can be just too hot for game viewing in the safari parks, and it's also peak season for South African holidaymakers.