Flights to South Africa

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Flights to South Africa

The sheer diversity of South Africa, a country with 11 official languages, has earned it the nickname of the Rainbow Nation; no matter where you’re headed once your flight to South Africa lands, you’ll find beauty and wonder at every turn.

First, there’s the urban sprawl of Johannesburg, a buzzing metropolis with a thriving dining and nightlife scene and a favorite celebrity haunt. Then you have Durban, a quieter destination on the coast, with beachside cafes, restaurants, and surf shops. And then, at the southernmost tip of Africa is Cape Town, a melting pot of cultures with beautiful beaches, vineyards, and national parks, all overseen by the iconic Table Mountain.

Cape Town is one of the best destinations for learning more about South Africa’s past and the history of apartheid. From the coast, you can take a ferry to Robben Island, where the former president Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years, and see the cell where he was imprisoned. On the mainland, cultural institutions like the renowned District Six Museum shine a light on the country’s past. Regardless, South Africa is a resilient nation, filled with welcoming residents who are always looking to the future.

Beyond the city boundaries, the natural beauty of the landscape is breathtaking, as is the sheer scope of wildlife that inhabits it. For a true bucket-list experience, book a safari at the Kruger National Park. This nature reserve is one of the largest in Africa, and the best place in the world to see the continent’s Big Five—elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo. For a more foodie-focused experience of the outdoors, the wine routes from Cape Town cannot be beaten.

Essential Information for flights to South Africa

Before you travel to South Africa

Your baggage allowance for your flight will depend on your class of travel and point of departure. Customers beginning their journey in Africa can check two bags of up to 23 kg each in Economy Class and up to 32 kg each in First Class or Business Class.

Complimentary Chauffeur-drive is available in more than 70 cities for our First Class and Business Class customers. We’ll take you from your home, office, or hotel to the airport and on to your next destination when you arrive.

Visa requirements

In some countries, you may need to arrange a visa before you travel. Check the latest visa requirements for your destination.

Airport information

Every airport is different, so check the useful information about your destination before you fly. You can also search for Emirates offices at worldwide airports.

Dubai Stopover

Book a stopover package and meet Dubai on your way to the rest of the world. We arrange visas, transfers, and hotels, so you get the most of your time in the city no matter how long you stay.

Car rental

Add a car rental to your booking and keep all your travel plans in one place. You’ll find special rates from our worldwide partners even if you’re not booking a flight.