Cape Town International Airport's location on the south-western tip of Africa might make one think that it only serves travellers going to the coastlines and the surrounding areas near South Africa. This port of entry, however, has a longer line-up of destinations in some parts of Europe and Asia. Such direct flight connections make it convenient for passengers to visit other parts of the world. More than eight million passengers were handled in 2012, which makes Cape Town International Airport one of the busiest in Africa, in terms of passenger traffic.
Travellers landing on this airport will find the premises relatively easy to go around in due to the Central Terminal Building which links the domestic and international terminals. It has undergone extensive renovations around 2010 with future developments being made to construct a second runway. These myriad plans have made Skytrax recognise Cape Town International Airport with the 'Best Airport in Africa' award in 2013.
Where to go
When in South Africa, one must see the wildlife. It is the major attraction of the country, especially in Kruger National Park, where travellers will see the food chain in action. Accessible via the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Kruger National Park will let tourists find elephants, hippopotamuses, and other species roaming around in the varied landscape. Birdwatching is also a major activity here, due to more than 500 species staying in the area.
Travellers interested in a combination of a cultural tour and safari adventures can drop down from King Shaka International Airport. From there, tourists can go on a road trip to KwaZulu-Natal, where beaches and traditional African life meet. One can also meet here people from the Zululand, who take pride in their culture. The wildlife is also intense, as lions and leopards coexist with elephants, buffaloes, and rhinoceroses.
Those who want to bask in the sea can go to the southern coast from Port Elizabeth Airport. Swimming and surfing are the popular activities with those going to the downtown area going into fastfood chains for a meal. This can be a stopover before going to Johannesburg, where one can enjoy going into jazz clubs, theatres, and museums to experience South African culture in the urban environment.
Safari is the best word that describes Botswana, which lies just above South Africa. Travellers going here will see more elephants, predator cats, and even the endangered African wild dog. There is also an abundance of bird species that make this country a delight for those who want to see nature at its wildest. The Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert are also worth visiting to experience hiking in this part of the world. The vast plains can make one feel like going back to the time of the dinosaurs due to its untamed beauty.
Those going across the world can fly to Australia to see the endemic species of the Land Down Under. Go to see the kangaroos and the koalas in the nature reserves which sometimes let one interact with the species. This can be enjoyable, especially for children who want to hold or interact with these fine creatures. One can also look forward to seeing the platypus, wombat, and a group of home fairy penguins with other marine species such as the minke whales.
How to get out
Travellers who want to see other parts of the world from South Africa can board flights going to other parts of the continent or go directly to Europe and Asia. Some of the airlines serving here are: Air Botswana, Air France, Airlink, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, British Airways, Condor, Edelweiss Air, Emirates, FlySafair, KLM, Kulula.com, Lufthansa, Mango, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, South African Express, TAAG Angola Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.
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