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How to Reach South Africa

Transport mode by Air

Flights are the most used and the best way to reach South Africa. There are a plethora of direct and connecting flights linking this majestic African country to most of the major locations across the globe. It has an especially good network of airways with Europe. Flights are the only choice but a great choice for Indian tourists looking forward to spend their holidays in South Africa. There are only two airlines that offer direct flights for transportation to the country from India. These are Jet Airways and South African Airways. These flights can be boarded from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport located in Mumbai which takes you to O.R. Tambo International Airport located in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to these, there are also some connecting flights to the country flying from many major cities of India, such as that of Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Varanasi and Lucknow. These flights usually land at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport or Cape Town International Airport. British Airways, Swiss Airlines, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and KLM are some of the airlines that offer in direct flights to South Africa, besides more. These flights usually have stoppages at Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Nairobi etc. Biggest Airports in South Africa: O.R. Tambo International Airport located in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport located in Cape Town. Major Airlines Connecting India to South Africa: The major airlines offering flights from India to South Africa are South African Airways, Jet Airways, British Airways, Swiss Airlines, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and KLM. Besides these, there are some more airlines offering these services, which include Qatar Airways, Air France, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines.

Transport mode by sea

South Africa is among the few travel destinations that also has a sea route to reach it. While this may seem too hassling and time consuming, the voyage through the deep ocean in a confounding cruise is surely an absolute delight. If you wish to make use of the sea to make the journey to the Rainbow Nation even more exciting and memorable, then there are many cruises available for you to reach ports like St. Helena or Cape Town. However, these cruises do not have direct connectivity from India and must be boarded from many European countries such as UK, at Tenerife. Upon reaching the port, you can choose various modes of domestic transportation like buses, cars or train to finally reach your destination in South Africa.

Transport mode by Road

South Africa is well connected with its neighbouring countries like Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, via road network. Tourists can take international bus services to reach this destination or can even use their own car or rent one for the same. It is the most convenient and inexpensive to travel overland, although there can be long queues at borders for visa formalities etc. that can prove to be a major hassle.

Commutation within South Africa

Domestic airlines like Airlink, SA Express and South African Airways provide quick and affordable means to travel within South Africa. The country also has many budget airlines like Fky Blue Crane, Cem Air, Mango etc. which offer decent flights for domestic travelling. Depending upon the route, it can be quite cost effective, for example a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town is just 5000 INr. Cycling is another popular and cheap way to travel around South Africa, provided your health permits you to handle the hilly terrain well. The Cape Peninsula, the Wild Coast and the Northern Lowveld are some areas where you can easily commute via bicycles. Boats are another way to travel within the country but gives you fewer opportunities to do so, with only routes at Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Buses are highly popular for inland travel in the nation. Having a good network and being reliable, these cheap means of domestic travelling can be easily opted. Baz Bus is the fantastic alternative to the usual bus lines, and cater only to travellers and backpackers. On the other hand, travelling by rented cars is a great way to move about South Africa. Not only is it a convenient way to travel around, but it also provides you the wonderful opportunity of road trip across the picturesque countryside.

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