Cheap flights from South Africa

How to get cheap flights from South Africa

The majority of airports in South Africa serve only domestic flights, creating an intricate network of journeys across the vast country. There are, however, 3 airports that have international flights: Cape Town Airport, Durban Airport and Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport.

From South Africa, it's possible to easily get to half of the African continent. There are also direct flights to Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Cheap flights are offered by a local trio of airlines that work together to extend their networks: Airlink, South African Airways and South African Express.

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What are the cheapest international destinations from South Africa?


Botswana, which borders South Africa's centre to the north, is a wildlife lover's dream. Safaris and nature tours let you see some of the continent's famous animals in their natural habitat. A few places to see elephants include Chobe National Park, Moremi Wildlife Reserve and the Okavango Delta.

Direct flights to Gaborone, Botswana's capital, are available from Johannesburg and Durban.


Namibia, found on the west coast of Africa, is a short flight from South Africa. The cheapest flights are to Windhoek, from either Cape Town or Johannesburg.

As well as trips into the desert and the savannah, the capital Windhoek has some beautiful colonial architecture. Shoppers can enjoy the craft centres, while the trip to the ghost town of Kolmanskop is also popular.


On the east coast of Africa is Mozambique, with direct flights from Johannesburg to capital Maputo available on a regular basis.

Enjoy the beautiful coastline, scuba dive with whale sharks or explore central Maputo and its luxurious architecture, such as the iconic central train station. 

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Please note: all information is correct as of March, 2018.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.