Our last review was of a Kulula flight from Cape Town to Durban, which didn't go as well as we'd like (it was moved and then moved again). So we were happy to set the record straight on this Kulula flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg (4th Dec 2009). The flight happened to be on the same date as the announcement of the World Cup 2010 fixtures in Cape Town, and we were swimming against the tide, with a mass of people flocking into the airport.
This was the first time we've been to the new terminal at Cape Town International Airport, and it looks stunning. One thing which has changed is that Kulula did not take care of the fragile items at their check-in desk - we had to take the fragile item ourselves to a poor signposted room at the far end of the airport.
We flew on a Boeing 737-800 which Kulula had recently taken delivery of. So newly delivered in fact that the plane had not been completely painted in the Kulula colours yet. On the inside, the overhead lockers were not yet showcasing the usual Kulula credit card and other adverts and it felt good to sit on shiny new upholstery. Although new to Kulula, I don't think the plane was brand spanking new (engine had wear marks, there were ashtray holders, some of the paint was worn and windows were pretty scratched).
Here's what a Kulula plane usually looks like:
They mixed the usual fare of Kulula humour into their safety announcements. Anybody misbehaving on the flight would take a seat on the wing - the feature film for them - "Gone with the Wind". Eight exits, and to help you find your way there lights on the floor will appear like an eighties disco. "For takeoff please move your lazyboy seats into the upright position". I don't fly Kulula a lot, and it's great that every time there seems to be new fresh angles to their humour.
The December issue of Khuluma which was on the flight is the initial issue. On the cover it said "Swipe me if you like me", so I took a copy with me. The "lunatic guest editor" of the magazine is renown comedian John Vlismas.
Here's a Turkish Airlines plane we spotted at Cape Town International Airport.
The inside of the new terminal looks great, but there's still building going on.
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Important travel info
Bring to the airport
Bring your booking reference and ID book, drivers license or passport to check-in for your flight/s.
Check-in opens 90 min before take-off and closes sharply 30 min before your flight. It's not a good idea to check-in valuables like cameras, money, jewellery or anything else that's important to you.
Effective 06 May 2009, you're allowed a free checked baggage weight up to a maximum of 20kg. Any excess weight over 20kg will cost an additional R25 per kilo at the Airport. Excess baggage may be purchased at reduced rates (up to 50% discount) up to 24 hours prior to departure via our website or Contact Centre. Excess baggage is non-refundable after payment - so consider carefully before adding extra weight to your booking.
Changing your booking
If you need to make any changes to this booking, it's best to do it online at least 48 hours before your flight. Just remember that no route or name changes will be permitted on Lusaka, Windhoek, Harare, Mauritius or Ndola flights, but if you’re already at the airport, go to the Ticket Sales office. Changing your flight at the airport will cost R140 per person, per sector, plus the difference between your old fare and the new one available. If you can't make your flight, please don't forget to contact us more than 48 hours before scheduled departure to change your booking to another date, cause if you miss it without changing it first, you'll lose the full value of your ticket. What a waste!
Dangerous articles (such as compressed gases, corrosives, explosives, flammable liquids and solids, radioactive materials, oxidising materials, poisons and infectious substances) must not be carried in baggage. Ask us if you are unsure what items are regarded as dangerous, 'cause we can't allow you to travel with this sort of stuff in your bags.
Kids have to travel with at least one adult aged 16 years or older and unfortunately we don't accept unaccompanied minors, sorry.
Our previous review of a Kulula Cape Town - Johannesburg flight was on 24 Dec 2008.
On the basis of this flight we have updated our Kulula vs Mango vs 1time continuous update.