Ballooning Special Extended to August
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    Airlink Has South Africa covered!
    Airlink added Durban - Bloemfontein flights back to their route network in early 2024. They also re-introduced Richards Bay flights as soon as the airport resumed operations.

    FlySafair is the most on-time airline in the world!
    Aviation analytics company Cirium, determined that our favourite low-cost carrier had the best on-time track record in the world. They scored a record 96,67% on-time performance in March 2024. Their closest competitor in Africa is Airlink.

    Greyhound Bus South Africa
    Looking for something cheaper than flights? Greyhound busses are back and operating some of your favourite routes at affordable prices.

    Cruise to Portuguese Island from Durban
    Portuguese Island is situated off of the coast of Mozambique, and is compromised of pristine stretches of beach skirted by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Book your cruise to Portuguese Island from Durban.

    Intercape Keeps Growing Route Network
    As one of South Africa's longest-standing bus operators, it is great to know that Intercape are always looking at expanding their route network and renewing their fleet.

    Sinfonia cruise was our first

    An awesome experience on our first ever cruise on the MSC Sinfonia.

Cheap Flights, Car Hire and Cruises

  • New domestic routes for 2024

    FlySafair are always growing their route network! In April 2024 they added Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport flights, connecting the two tourist hotspots. Flights operater on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

  • Cape Town International Voted Best Airport

    The Mother City's airport, Cape Town International, recently took top honours at the World Travel Awards 2024. The airport was voted Africa's Leading Airport for the 8th consecutive year. Honourable mention should be made to Durban's King Shaka as the Best Regional Airport in Africa.

                Breaking SA Travel News

                Last updated: 14 July 2024


                SAA Expands Fleet as They Celebrate 90 Years!
                National carrier SAA has recently added three more Boeings to their fleet as they plan on further expanding into Africa.

                Winter Ballooning special extended to August
                Better weather and you can sleep later - what's not to love about winter hot air ballooning in Gauteng

                First Car Rental's 25th birthday competition
                One lucky person stands to win car rentals with FCR, accommodation with Protea-Marriot, and 2 flights with FlySafair (Ts and Cs apply).

                Travel Vouchers on Property Sales update: fee increase
                The Law Society has announced that conveyancing fees are increasing by just over 5 percent, from the 27th May 2024. To avoid the price increase, get a conveyancing quote for your house sale before 27 May 2024

                Shosholoza Meyl restarts Johannesburg - East London route
                Shosholoza Meyl sitter class from just R300 one-way and sleeper class only R480. Book now, this wont last long.

                Emirates Cancels Flights Due to Floods
                Dubai has experienced a record amount of rain over the last two days, resulting in large-scale flooding in the city which has affected airport runways and major roads in the city. Emirates Airlines has had to cancel and reschedule several flights as a result.

                Earn Double Travel Vouchers on 2024 House Sales
                For those who sign up to the newsletter during April, you stand to earn double the travel vouchers on your house sales during the rest of 2024. See details by following the link.

                Car rentals from R250/day
                Prices may have changed, perhaps even by the time you read this! This was a quote we saw when checking what it would cost to hire a car from King Shaka Airport for the whole of May.

                Woodford Car Sales opens its doors
                Woodford Car Sals has opened its doors in Springield, Durban, sourcing its previously owned vehicles from Woodford and Enterprise's car rental fleets.

                SAA Takatso Deal Fails
                Pravin Gordhan announced yesterday that the long-awaited 51% sale of SAA to the Takatso Consortium is no longer taking place.

                Cheapest Kalk Bay hotel revealed
                Not only does this spot have the best views in Kalk Bay, it's also the cheapest place to stay in this quirky suburb of Cape Town.

                Save on Flights to Visa Free Destinations
                Not only are you saving on visa application fees (sometimes up to R2000!), but with Qatar Airways you can save up to 25% on selected flights to visa free destinations. Book by 29 February 2024 to take advantage of this deal.

                Woodford 5 Percent Special
                It pays to linger longer! We were browsing the Woodford website, and after a while this 5 percent off special popped up on the screen: "Want 5 percent off? Book a car within the next 5 minutes and we'll give you 5 percent off the rate."

                Intercape bus specials
                Youth deals, family specials, frequent traveller discounts and Sanlam Reality discounts. Email us a review of your Intercape Vouchers and further discount your next bus trip.

                Sani Car Rental pre-approvals
                SANI (previously Thrifty Car Rental), is now offering pre-approved credit authorisations, saving you time and angst at the point of collecting your vehicle.

                No dashcams with car rentals!
                We've discovered a a gap in the car rental market - there are no car rental agencies in South Africa offering dash cams as an accessory. Instead we rate the agencies on their speed to reply.

                Visa applications to visit South Africa
                Check out how to apply and the requirements.

                Free Golden Arrow bus tickets for unemployed jobseekers
                The Western Cape Government is teaming up with Golden Arrow to offer 12 free bus tickets to each unemployed jobseeker nominated by a partner employer.

                Cemair Launches Johannesburg - East London Flights
                Business travellers can rejoice as Cemair is finally connecting Johannesburg and East London! From 7 April weekday flights will simplify life for those travelling for business meetings.

                Airlink Launches New Seasonal Route
                Airlink will operate seasonal flights between Johannesburg - Kruger - Mozambique from 1 July 2024.

                Protours Buses
                Protours offers offers charter bus trips from their bases in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

                Overland Tours Bus Hire
                Overland Tours offers charter bus trips from its base in Cape Town.

                Blunden bus hire
                From its base in Gqeberha (PE), Blunden offers luxury coach charter options in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route to Cape Town.

                Big Sky Intercity bus tickets
                Big Sky Intercity bus service has been launched by Intercape (although it doesn't use the Intercape brand name, it is owned by them).

                Delta Coaches bus bookings
                Delta Coaches is a Zimbabwean bus company offering coach trips between Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bulawayo and Harare.

                Car rental jobs in South Africa
                Are you looking for a job in the car hire industry in SA. This page will guide you towards finding a job with Avis, Europcar, Budget, First Car Rental, Hertz, Tempest, Sani (was Thrifty) or Bluu.

                SAA Adds Sao Paulo Flights
                The first flight between Cape Town and Sao Paulo took off today, 31 October 2023, with another twice-weekly flight between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo scheduled to start from 6 November 2023.

                LIFT Makes Domestic Travel Fun This Holiday Season
                Disney planes and silent disco's are what LIFT has in stall for travellers this holiday season, putting the fun back into travelling domestically.

                Mango Sale Could Be Approved by October
                A recent court order granted in favour of Mango's Business Rescue practitioner and NUMSA could result in the sale application being approved. The order stated that Minister Pravin Gordhan had 30 days to make a decision, otherwise the application for the sale will automatically be approved. The unnamed investor could then go ahead with the purchase of the airline.

                New Regional Routes for FlySafair
                Enjoy better connectivity with our neighbours from October, when FlySafair are introducing flights to Harare, Livingstone, Victoria Falls and Maputo.

                Save on Qatar Airways Flights
                Save up to 20% on Qatar Airways flights when booking before 4 August 2023. Destinations are on sale for travel on selected dates until 31 March 2024.

                FlyCemair Adds Victoria Falls Route
                Local airline FlyCemair just announced that they will start operating flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls before the end of the year.

                The End of Eldo Coaches
                Local coach operator Eldo announced that they will cease operations in June 2023.

                Airlink to Add Flights to Malawi
                From September 2023, travellers will be able to book flights to Malawi's Blantyre and Lilongwe.

                Save on Eldo Coaches
                Save up to R100 on Eldo Coaches when booking for travel before 31 March 2023.

                Airlink Reintroduces Flights to Madagascar
                Madagascar finally lifted the travel ban, allowing Airlink to resume weekly flights.

                Save on Mauritius Flights
                Book by 27 January 2023 to save on direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg on Air Mauritius.

                LIFT Adds New Route
                Domestic airline LIFT is adding flights between Cape Town and Durban from 25 November 2022.

                SAA New Regional Routes
                SAA is launching a host of new regional routes soon and also increasing frequencies on existing regional and domestic routes.

                FlySafair Voted Best Low-Cost Airline
                The airline was voted the Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa at the recent Skytraz Awards.

                Cemair Gets More Regional Flights
                The airline just received approval for seven additional international routes into Africa.

                FlySafair Regional Routes Get Approved
                Soon we'll be able to board one of the most on-time airlines for flights to Vic Falls, Windhoek, Seychelles and more.

                LATAM is Back!
                The South-American airline will resume services between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo next year.

                LIFT Introduces New Domestic Route
                The domestic airline has announced that they will start operating flights between Johannesburg and Durban later this month.

                Hyundai Atos is the cheapest car hire
                Cheapest car hire in South Africa is the Hyundai Atos, at the time of writing going for R350*/day (over 10 days), may have changed.

                More Direct Flights from Cape Town to London
                Getting to the UK wil be easier this festive season! Virgin Atlantic is finally back, offering direct flights between Cape Town and London from 5 November 2022.

                Entering SA Just Became A Lot Easier
                The new updated COVID-19 entry regulations are making it a lot simpler for travellers to enter South Africa, including doing away with the entry requirements for those under 12 years old. Find all the latest requirements here.

                Delta Cape Town Flights Approved
                The airline's triangular route between Atlanta, Johannesburg and Cape Town has finally been approved.

                Greyhound is Back!
                After a brief absense from our roads, Greyhound is resuming operations on 13 April 2022. Find a full list of routes operated here.

                More Connections to the US on the Cards for SA
                United Airlines hopes to launch direct flights between Cape Town and Washington before the end of the year.

                Cape Town Cycle Tour Flights & Bike Transport
                We've rounded up flight prices from Johannesburg to Cape Town for the Cycle Tour. Use our sheet to determine the cheapest way to get yourself and your bicycle to the start line.

                SAA Adds Domestic Route
                Flights between Johannesburg and Durban will be the airline's second domestic route when added to the schedule on 4 March 2022.

                Airlink Launches New Route
                As international and regional travel restrictions ease, Airlink announced a new route. Flights between Durban and Botswana will start soon.

                Progress in the Sale of Majority SAA Stake
                The Takatso Consortium has finally signed on the dotted line to purchase 51% of SAA. The sale won't go through until it has been approved by various regulatory bodies.

                Delta Airlines Plans Direct Cape Town Flight
                The airline applied for year-round rights to fly between their hub in Atlanta and the Mother city. If approved they will operate three flights a week.

                Emirates Returns to SA
                After more than a month's absense, Emirates has finally returned. With that they've simplified their boarding requirements, doing away with the 6-hour PCR test.

                FlySafair Mauritius Flights
                FlySafair will finally launch flights to Mauritius later this year. Find out all you need to know about this service here.

                Where Can Vaccinated South Africans Currently Travel
                Omicron cut down our list of international destinations South Africans can visit, but luckily it is growing again. With the Seychelles, Germany and now France allowing Saffas we're hopeful that the world will soon be our oyster again! Find all the entry requirements in the article.

                SAA Denies Merger With Kenyan Airways
                SAA denied an agreement to merge with Kenyan Airways and said instead the two airlines will just continue working together in accordance with the Strategic Partnership Framework signed in November last year.

                The World Shuts Down Travel to SA
                Due to the Omicron variant being identified by scientists in South Africa, first the UK and then the rest of the world imposed travel restrictions on South Africa. South Africans now have very few international holiday destinations to choose from, mostly limited to destinations in Africa.

                Turkey One Of Latest Countries To Open To SA
                Turke has dropped the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated South Africans, making it one of the latest countries that no longer imposes restrictions on travel from South Africa. A negative PCR test and passenger locator form is still required.

                Alitalia Re-launches as ITA
                The Italian national airline, Alitalia, is no more. In it's place you'll now find ITA, which is basically the same airline just rebranded.

                UK Removes SA From Red List
                Travel to the UK can resume from today, 11 October 2021, as South Africa is removed from the red list and our COVID vaccinations are being accepted.

                SAA Changes International Schedule
                The airline has reacted to lower demand for their international flights and reduced the frequencies of most, delaying other routes until December.

                More Flights to Mauritius
                FlySafair are introducing flights to Mauritius! The airline will add services between Johannesburg and Mauritius to their schedule at the end of the year.

                SAA Resumes Services
                South Africa's national carrier has returned to the skies, resuming a single domestic route with plans to soon include several regional routes as well.

                Mauritius & Seychelles Opens to South Africans
                More and more destinations are opening up to South Africans, with these island destinations being the latest. Find out what is required to enter these countries and where else you can travel.

                SAA Releases Plans To Take To The Skies
                If everything goes according to plan, we could have a national carrier back in the skies by the end of the September.

                Kulula Now Offers Bagless Fares
                Following the latest airline trend, Kulula are now offering bagless airfares when they resume services on 1 September 2021.

                More Countries to Allow Vaccinated South Africans
                An increasing amount of international destinations are allowing vaccinated South African travellers without the need to quarantine. Austria is the latest to downgrade our status and allow vaccinated South Africans.

                Emirates Comeback!
                After months of absence, Emirates is finally resuming passenger service to South Africa on the 6th of August 2021. All you need is a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours in order to transit through Dubai to any of their wonderfull destinations!

                Mango Faces Business Rescue
                It looks like Mango Airlines will enter business rescue soon, following months of racking up debt with little financial relief.

                Gauteng Leisure Travel Resumes
                As SA moves down to lockdown level 3, leisure travel to and from Gauteng can resume from 26 July 2021.






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