Other than traffic from our neighboring countries, which still mostly makes its way into South Africa by road, most travelers use air services to get to South Africa.
The country boasts 3 international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, but the lion’s share of international airlines operating to this country do so too and from O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, or Ortia for short. The airport is one of the busiest in Africa. All 3 airports are managed by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) – its website is a great source of South African travel information.
Here’s a rundown of the airlines traveling to South Africa with scheduled weekly services.
Africa Middle East Indian Ocean Islands Europe Australasia United States
Air Botswana Egypt Air Air Austral Air France Cathay Pacific Delta Airlines
Air Malawi El Al Air Madagascar Air Portugal Malaysia Airlines
Air Namibia Emirates Air Mauritius British Airways Qantas
Air Tanzania Etihad Airlines Air Seychelles Iberia Airlines Singapore Airlines Air Zimbabwe Qatar Airways KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Bellview Airlines Saudi Arabian Airlines Lufthansa
Ethiopian Airlines Turkish Airlines Olympic Airways Gabon Airlines Swissair Hewa Bora Airways Virgin Atlantic Airways
InterAir Interlink Airlines Kenya Airways LAM Mozambique Airlinws South African Airways TAAG Angolan Airlines
Connections to South America are possible on SAA and Malaysia Airlines, and to India on SAA.
There are also limited means of getting to South Africa by sea. A number of cruise itineraries include Durban or Cape Town on their routes, while Safmarine’s cargo ships, which sail between the UK and South African ports over a 2-week duration, offering a few passenger cabins. There is also the well-known RMS St Helena which travels from the UK to Cape Town calling at the islands of Tenerife, St Helena, and Ascension, as well as Walvis Bay in Namibia.