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There is unfortunately only one Kulula flight from Cape Town to Durban (CPT-DUR) a day, and for those wanting a weekend break it leaves at rather inconvenient times. This compares to the 6 Mango flights from CT to King Shaka on Fridays. Here's Kulula's CT-DUR schedule:
Mondays to Fridays: MN701 is expected to leave Cape Town at 10h35, arrive at King Shaka at 12h40. It's especially a pity that on Fridays there isn't a flight leaving after working hours, in the evenings.
Saturdays & Sundays: MN703 is expected to leave Cape Town at 09h35, arrive in Durban at 11h40.
There are also quite a few British Airways Comair flights which Kulula offers in terms of its codeshare (they're both owned by Comair).
Kulula flights to Durban from CPT are expected to take 2 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 1279km, making it the fastest airline on the route (by scheduled flight times, anyway).
(if you're travelling in the other direction look at our Kulula King Shaka to Cape Town flights page)
Kulula (Cape Town - Durban) are Rated 3.3/5 from 2 reviews
2013-10-15 Rating 3 /5 : "It was my first time on a Kulula flight from Cpt to Dbn which was quite enjoyable. But the return flight was a bit disappointing because the plane was not even cleaned probably. There was sticks and cup covers on the seats and floors I thought even if the flights are cheap should the plane not be cleaned before take off. Just my opinion other than that the pilots and staff are very friendly and it was a wonderful flight both ways." Jacqueline Bailey
2011-01-29 Rating 3.5/5 : We flew with Kulula from Cape Town to Durban on the 29th January 2011, where we spent 2 days at Southern Sun's Garden Court South Beach, before cruising from Durban with the MSC Sinfonia to the Portuguese Island and Maputo. After our ship arrived in Durban, we flew with 1time from Durban back to Cape Town.
We've often remarked on how short and efficient the Kulula check-in queues are, with any overflow traffic being directed to the adjoining British Airways queue. Today was different, we stood in a 15 minute check-in queue at Cape Town International Airport. In the new airport structure in Cape Town, British Airways is no longer alongside Kulula, so the overflow traffic cannot easily be diverted (the British Airways check-in queue was as short as ever). Our son was dressed all in orange and was crying, and we joked with a passenger how he wanted to be on a Mango flight (which reminds me that I must dress with a green shirt some time, to check whether Kulula really do give away something to passengers wearing their colours).
We were placed on the port (left) side of the aircraft, as that's the only side with an extra oxygen mask for babies. I like Kulula's short menu, but unfortuanately they had no sandwiches - the passengers flying from Lanseria to Cape Town were really hungry, and gobbled them all up (and the Cape Town refreshment station wasn't happening...no surprise, on a beautifully sunny Saturday sensible Capetonians are at the beach).
Three minutes 50 seconds into the above video listen to this announcement: "Ladies and Gentleman, after that smooth landing, welcome to Durban, where the curry's hot I'm tuning you, you'll enjoy it today, but tomorrow you'll be doing handstands in the shower. If this is not where you want to be then you have some serious issues and I guess we'll see you sooner than we thought. We're going to ask you to remain seated with your seatbelts fastened and your cellphones switched off until the aircraft has come to a complete stop and the seatbelt signs have been switched off. If you need any assistance disembarking, sorry for you - help yourself. Only kidding folks, we'll ask one of the greasy engineers to come and assist you. Please check the overhead stowage, the seat pocket in front of you as well as well as your neighbour's bag for all of your nice goodies and if you decide to leave anything behind, make sure it's something shiny and valuable - no children, spouses or inlaws allowed, as we're trying very hard to get rid of our own. Smoking is only allowed within certain areas in the terminal building, & next to other airlines' passengers. On behalf of our captain, Maverick, his rght hand lady, Goose, myself, Prince Charming, Snow White, Cinderella & the jerry tot monster at the back, I'd like to say thank you for flying with us today, & I'd like to see you on one of our flights in the future. Thank you, be good to yourself & those around you, and enjoy the rest of your weekend." See more Kulula humour.
Durban's King Shaka International Airport is more spatious than the old and smaller Durban International Airport- you can see that a lot of money has been thrown at it. Just dont follow the "public transport" signs to get to the taxis, rather go to the main entrance - that's where the taxis congregate (the public transport signs take you to a holding area for taxis). It cost us R350 to get from the airport to Garden Court South Beach.
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Important travel info
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.
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.
On-board entertainment: kulula podcasts and magazine
Be sure to have your onboard entertainment ready for you when you fly with us. We have put together a 30 minute live radio show – created to make your flight with us even more pleasurable.
Read our hilarious onboard magazine, the khuluma. This is guest edited by South Africa's top comedians. You can even take it home with you if you like.
Onboard munchies – Take some cash or a credit card along and let our friendly crew hook you up with some yummy food from Woolies. We have all sorts to settle any craving.
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. Any changes made online will be charged at R120 per change and the difference in the new ticket. Our tickets are non-refundable. Changing your flight at the airport and through the Contact Centre 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 under 12 have to travel with at least one adult aged 16 years or older and unfortunately we don't accept unaccompanied minors, sorry.
By Karen Baker
Category : Kulula Airlines