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What is South Africa like?

South Africa is revered for its wildlife, with many travellers visiting for its safari options such as the world-famous Kruger Park. The country is also full of beautiful and diverse landscapes, with its powdery beaches, iconic mountains and lush jungles meaning there's plenty to see and do.

South Africa is a sports-mad country too. Like Kiwis, South Africans are huge on cricket and rugby, and many sports fans travel to the African nation to follow the Black Caps and All Blacks on tour.

Which airlines fly to South Africa?

There are no direct flights available from New Zealand to South Africa. All flights have at least 1 stop, with the quickest routes going through Sydney or another Australian airport.

Because of the Australian connections, Qantas is one of the most prominent airlines for flights to South Africa. However, cheap flights are also available from the likes of Singapore Airlines and South African Airways.

How long is the flight to South Africa?

Flights to Cape Town

Auckland to Cape Town

23 hours 35 minutes (2 stops)

Christchurch to Cape Town

24 hours (2 stops)

Wellington to Cape Town

23 hours 55 minutes (2 stops)

Flights to Johannesburg

Auckland to Johannesburg

19 hours 40 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Johannesburg

20 hours 5 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Johannesburg

20 hours (1 stop)

What is the best time to visit South Africa?

Because of the size of the country, the weather differs greatly from one coast to the other.

In Johannesburg, in the north-east, the warmest month is January, with an average temperature of 20°C. In July, the coolest month, this drops to 11°C. The winters are much drier than the summers, with almost no rain.

Cape Town, in the west, is slightly warmer than Jo'burg. It peaks at 22°C in February and drops to 13°C in July. The rainfall follows an opposite pattern however, with the majority falling in the winter and the summer months being extremely dry.

Do I need a visa for South Africa?

Yes. Since the beginning of 2017, New Zealand passport holders require a visa to enter South Africa. It costs $95 for a visitor permit (for trips less than 3 months long).

How expensive is South Africa?

The cities in South Africa are far cheaper than those in New Zealand. In Johannesburg, you can expect to pay the equivalent of NZ$3 for a beer, NZ$1.50 for a soft drink and NZ$6 for a fast food meal.

Useful tips about South Africa

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

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