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Depending on where you are travelling to and your port of departure there are various routes and providers to travel to South Africa.

Popular Airlines: British Airways fly daily direct to Cape Town from London-Heathrow which takes just over 11 hours. You can also fly with 1 stop to Cape Town with Emirates, Ethiopian Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Swiss and Turkish Airlines.


Book as early as you can, prices will likely be better the earlier you book your flight. Bookings open approx. 12 months in advance and may fluctuate moderately. Booking early helps to ensue your preferred travel route is available.

We have found Emirates to have excellent customer service if you don't mind a stop in Dubai (check the layover time). British Airways are favourable for overnight flights.

Flights into OR Tambo, Johannesburg are genrally cheaper but will require an internal flight to Cape Town (2h).

Don't forget to get travel insurance in case of any unforeseen circumstances (cough cough Corona).


For guests travelling internationally to South Africa from the UK your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure from South Africa.

Passports must also have have at least 3 blank pages for the entry stamps. South African border officials are totally unmovable on this point and many people have been caught out by this so please double check before you travel.

For those with South African citizenship, it is necessary to enter on your South African passport. Please make sure it is up to date.


British & European passport holders visiting South Africa are not required to apply for a visa prior to travel if their stay is shorter than 90 days. Upon arrival you are granted a Visitors Temporary Permit which is valid for 3 months and can just be a stamp in your passport by Immigration.

For those travelling from other countries, please check your VISA arrangements.

For the most up to date information please visit the below website:

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The CDC & WHO recommend the following vaccinations for South Africa: Covid 19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Yellow fever is only required if travelling from a country with yellow fever transmission.

It seems like a long list but most will have likely had all of these. You can get most of these at a local travel clinic.

Contact your local phrmacy for advice.

For those travelling to other countries in Africa, consider getting a few targetted booster shots. We got these when heading to Vic Falls and Botswana last year.

Please see link to South Africa Travel Advice:

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Antimalarials are not recommended for travel to Cape Town. Malaria risk is increased in low altitude areas in the north east of the county (including Kruger National Park).

Please check if you are planning on travelling further afield (such as Victoria Falls) but we would recommend insect repellent to avoid bites generally.

See Malaria Map here for more information.