If you want to get somewhere on-time, FlySafair is your safest bet! They were on-time 93,6% of the time for the whole of 2018! And it looks like they are well on their way to taking the top-honours this year again. They scored an average on-time rating of 92,45% for April 2019.
Kulula was awarded third-place in the Skytrax 2018 awards for Best Low-Cost Carrier in Africa. Mango and Fastjet took first and second place respectively, making Kulula the second-best airline in South Africa!
Mango Still Has Best Airline Rating on SA.TO
With almost 140 votes cast giving them an average score of 4,9 Mango Airlines is still the highest ranking domestic airline! If that doesn't convince you, perhaps their latest review will: "I recently flew to Zanzibar with Mango with my family of four. I was not really looking forward to flying for 4 hours plus on a budget airline, but my oh my my, was I pleasantly surprised! The check in was quick and professional, the flight was on time, the seats were comfortable with loads of leg room, and the cherry on top was the cabin crew. They were professional , efficient but what set them apart was the sense that they were really enjoying what they were doing - all with a great sense of humour! Thank you Mango - looking forward to flying with you again one day!" "
MSC Sinfonia Cruise was Great
Jenny Padaychee and her family enjoyed their cruise on the MSC Sinfonia from Durban to the Portuguese Island.
Greyhound Bus South Africa
Looking for something cheaper than flights? Greyhound offers routes to destinations within South Africa as well as to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
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.
Lanseria Airport Now Boasts Multi-story Parking Lot
Expect loads of photos to be taken on your cruise with MSC. They're expensive, but well worth it for the memories.
Cruises with MSC 2016/2017
Expect loads of photos to be taken on your cruise with MSC. They're expensive, but well worth it for the memories.
Missing Shoe on SAA PE Flight
In a first, a passenger walks off his flight with only one shoe after some shenanigans from the EP cricket team.
Sinfonia cruise was our first
An awesome experience on our first ever cruise on the MSC Sinfonia.
Cheap Flights, Car Hire and Cruises
- FlySafair Shakes Up Check-in Process
Not only is FlySafair your best bet if you want to arrive at your destination in time, they have now also reduced time spent in check-in queues. Their new check-in rangers will print your boarding pass and tag your luggage so that you can simply drop it off at the bag-drop counter. This whole process takes mere minutes!
- We are rated the Top Independent Agency in SA
At a prize giving in April 2019 MSC Cruises presented an award to South Africa Travel Online for being the Top Independent Agency. From left to right: Rob Baker (SA Travel Online), Stacey Barnett (MSC Cruises), Ross Volk (MSC Cruises), Tracey Krog (MSC Cruises) and Lloyd Barkhuizen (Cruiseabout/Flight Centre). In a huge vote of confidence for the SA economy MSC are bringing both the Opera & Musica cruise ships to the country in November 2020.
- Cape Town International Voted Best Airport
The Mother City's airport, Cape Town International, recently took top honours at the World Travel Awards 2019. The airport was voted Africa's Leading Airport for the third consecutive year.
Breaking SA Travel News
Last updated: 27 October 2020
Airlink Drops "SA" Pre-fix
In a bid to distance themselves from our struggling national carrier, Airlink will now no longer go by the name "SA Airlink."
Updated Red List of Countries
Government finally updated the list of countries deemed 'high risk'. This is countries who aren't allowed to travel to SA for leisure purposes. The list has been considerably reduced, but Spain and Germany are new additions.
South Africa Still Has Travel Restrictions in Place on These Countries
From 1 October 2020 South Africans will be able to travel internationally during lockdown level 1, but restrictions still apply to a list of countries deemed 'high risk'.
Mango Airlines Grounded, But Still Operational?
SAA Technical withdrew their support of all Mango Aircraft on the 26th of September 2020, resulting in the airline's planes being grounded. Surprisingly they found a way around it to still be operational.
International Travel to Resume
From 1 October 2020 South Africans will be able to travel internationally during lockdown level 1. Some restrictions on travel still applies to ensure that passengers can travel safely.
Have Your Heard About Travel Bubbles?
It is definitely a sign of the times, but we're getting excited about the mere mention of South Africa entering a travel bubble with our neighbouring countries. The Minister of Tourism mentioned that this could be the next step in the phased re-opening of international travel.
Margate Flights Are Back
FlyCemair has re-introduced flights between Johannesburg and Margate. Just in time for the upcoming long weekend!
FlySafair Eyes International Routes
The low-cost domestic airline, FlySafair, has applied for approval to operate three international routes. This could see them expand their route network and fill the gap in the market left by airlines stuck in business rescue processes.
Lockdown Level 2 Domestic Travel Allowed
You can finally travel outside of your own province without needing to apply for a permit! From the 18th of August 2020, South Africans can enjoy relaxed lockdown regulations when we enter level 2.
Caution Advised When Booking Published International Flights
Airlines don't know when our government will open our borders, therefore passengers are advised to be cautious when booking published international flights. It is advisable to book flights further in advance, when it is more likely for borders to have opened, or to consult us about a repatriation flight.
Lockdown Level 3 Domestic Travel Rules & Latest Regulations
Government might have recently clarified that leisure travel isn't being allowed, but with the ease of acquiring a domestic travel permit there is no reason for you to sit home! Find out about all the safety measures in place to make domestic travel as safe as possible. If you or someone you know are stuck overseas, you can reach out to us about a repatriation flight. We now sell Emirates and Turkish Airlines repatriation flights.
Safety Measures in Place When Flying Domestically
Find all the safety measures that airlines, airports and the government have put in place to make sure you can fly safely within South Africa.
Permits Required For Domestic Travel
You can now travel domestically for a number of reasons, but you will require a corresponding permit to travel. Find all the relevant reasons and links to permits here.
FlySafair Safety Measures
Find all the safety measures that have been put in place by FlySafair and at the airports to meet government requirements and protect you from COVID-19 during your flight.
Limited Domestic Travel Allowed
Lockdown level 3 allows for very limited domestic travel for business purposes. Read more to find out which documentation you require and which airlines will resume operations.
Other Countries Are Offering Glimpses at How To Resume International Travel After Lockdown
As Emirates resumes a limited network of 9 destinations, Australia and New Zealand agrees on a travel bubble and EU countries are slowly opening up to each other we gain a clearer picture as to what international travel will look like after lockdown.
SAA Continues for Now
Our embattled national carrier is continuing to offer repatriation and cargo flights for the foreseeable future as government can't let go of the idea of a national carrier.
Bus Bookings Available As Once-off Inter-provincial Travel Allowed
People who were not able to make it home before the nationwide lockdown started can now book a bus home. Limited inter-provincial travel is being allowed until 7 May 2020, but no flights are available.
SA Eases Out of Lockdown
Unfortunately inter-provincial travel will still not be allowed as we move from lockdown level 5 to level 4 on 1 May 2020. In response FlySafair has removed all May inventory.
Social Distancing on FlySafair
What does the future for domestic flights look like? FlySafair has presented their answer.
Seems Like SAA's Fate Is Sealed
Recent communication from the airline states that this is the end of the road for them. Their only option now is choosing between liquidation or the winding down of the airline. A decision will likely be made by the end of the month.
Air Mauritius Under Voluntary Administration
Air Mauritius joins hundreds of airlines around the world in financial troubles.
Emirates Has a Plan for Post COVID-19 Air Travel
During a recent flight to Tunisia, the airline performed rapid COVID-19 testing of all passengers, once again making them industry leaders.
TAP Air Portugal Plans SA Comeback
Cape Town will soon be connected to Portugal with direct flights to Lisbon starting in November 2020.
SA Express CEO Resigns
Acting CEO Siza Mzimela resigned, leaving GM Thuli Mpse at the helm as the airline faces possible liquidation.
All Domestic, Regional & International Flights Cancelled as SA Prepares for Lockdown
All domestic and international airlines will suspend flights to South Africa today, if they haven't already. This is part of South Africa's preperations to embark on a 21-day nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Bus Date Changes & Cancellations During Nationwide Lockdown
In response to the nationwide lockdown to start on the 27th of March 2020, no busses will operate. If you have booked a ticket affected by these cancellations, please contact the bus company to make further arrangements.
SAA Joins Other Domestic Airlines in Cancelling Domestic Flights During Lockdown
SAA has joined other domestic airlines in cancelling all flights during the lockdown. Please contact us if you need help in rebooking or changing a cancelled flight.
Coronavirus and Flight Changes & Cancellations
Let us help you travel with peace of mind during these difficult times. We'll help you delay or cancel your upcoming international flights booked on South Africa Travel Online.
SA Express Suspends Operations
We're saying goodbye to SA Express flights for now as they announce they are suspending all operations with immediate effect.
Turkish Airlines Adjusts Luggage Allowance
Passengers travelling from South Africa will soon have a new luggage allowance.
Mango Airlines Cancells All Lanseria Flights
The airline is saying goodbye to Lanseria at the end of March 2020 and going forward will only operate flights from OR Tambo in Johannesburg.
Get Your Bicycle to the Cape Town Cycle Tour
The race is an uphil battle, getting here doesn't have to be. Find the best way and all the necessary information to get yourself and your bicycle to Cape Town in time for the race.
Virgin Atlantic to Reintroduce Mother City Flights
The airline will launch a seasonal service between the Mother City and London Heathrow by the end of the year.
SAA Cancels Most Domestic Routes
SAA announced a number of route cancellations yesterday, but Cape Town - Johannesburg survived this round.
Court Ruled SA Express to be placed in Business Rescue
According to the Johannesburg High Court the embattled airline should face the same fate as our national carrier.
BA & Other Airlines Cancel Flights to China
As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread airlines have started cancelling flights to China. British Airways was the first to cancel flights, but several other airlines have now followed suit. KLM, SAA, American Airways and several other airlines have now cancelled and reduced flight frequencies to China.
SAA Cancels Series of Domestic and Regional Flights this Week
Our struggling national carrier has finally announced that they are indeed cancelling some flights in order to rationalise their routing and cut losses. This comes after a week of uncertainty for the airline.
Comair Appoints Singular CEO
Former joint-CEO Wrenelle Stander has been appointed as group CEO by Comair and will now be acting alone.
FlyCemair Aims to Re-introduce Plettenberg Bay Flights
The airline successfully resumed flights earlier this month with their first flight to Margate and are now aiming to add a second and third route early next month.
SAA Temporarily Suspends Hong Kong Route
As the airline are resuming more routes following the strike, they announced that the Hong Kong route will be suspended until the 14th of December 2019.
FlyCemair To Take To The Skies Again
FlyCemair has plans to relaunch on the 8th of November 2019 with their Margate route.
Direct Flights from Cape Town to New York
United Airlines are launching direct flights between Cape Town and New York this December. Their seasonal service to Newark Airport is convenient, time-saving and not as expensive as you might think.
Save on Flights to Sao Paulo and Beyond
Travel on selected dates until the 31st of December 2019 to save on flights to South America. Destinations on sale includes Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Buenos Aires among others.
Qantas Airways Australia & New Zealand Sale
Save on flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and many more destinations when booking before the 26th of August 2019. This is for travel on selected dates until 12th June 2020.
Cathay Pacific's Candid Camera
Passengers were disgruntled when they recently became aware of CCTV cameras on board all flights and that this footage is being analysed, supposedly in a bid to improve customer support.
Etihad Charges for Food
Passengers travelling on Etihad in Economy Class will now have to pay for meals and drinks requested outside of the scheduled meal service.
Guess who is back?
Mango welcomes former CEO Nico Bezuidenhout back after a short stint at fastjet. Nico will resume his former position as CEO from the 1st of October 2019.
OR Tambo Introduces New Luggage Rules
OR Tambo International Airport has introduced new rules that applies to irregular baggage to prevent luggage jams.
Air Mauritius Introduces Flights to Seychelles
Get the best of both worlds with Air Mauritius' flights to Seychelles, which includes a mandatory stop in Mauritius as well.
FlySafair's Check-in Rangers to Reduce Queueing Times
The low-cost airline is reducing passenger incovenvenience even further by reducing check-in times with the introduction of check-in rangers.
SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana Resigns
SAA is once again looking for a new CEO as the board accepted former CEO Vuyani Jarana's resignation over the weekend.
End of an Era for Comair
Comair CEO Erik Venter has resigned and will leave the company by the end of July 2019.
MSC Voyagers Club Diamond Category
In September 2019 the MSC Voyagers Club's Black category (the highest category) is being renamed "Diamond" (the same as Carnival Cruises' top category).
Turkish Airlines Plans Move to New Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airline will move from Ataturk to the new Istanbul Airport on the 6th of April 2019. Flights scheduled for Ataturk will move to Istanbul Airport once the move has been completed. This could result in flight cancellations.
FlySafair Introduces Whatsapp Option for Electronic Boarding Passes
After completing the online check-in process FlySafair passengers can choose to send their electronic boarding passes to their phone through Whatsapp.
FlyCemair Still Grounded
The airline's court application got dismissed yesterday. This doesn't leave the airline with many viable options in order to resume operations.
Mobile Data for Tourists
It's often cheapest for tourists to SA to purchase a local SIM card on arrival in the country.
Air France Discontinues JOON
The French Airline recently announced that the end of their low-cost airline is near and that they will integrate JOON's staff and aircraft into Air France. No fixed date has been set for the last JOON flight.
FlyCemair Wins Court Order to Resume Flights
FlyCemair took the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to court in order to fight the suspension of their Air Operator Certificates. The court ruled in Cemair's favour and the airline returned to the skies on the 20th of December 2018.
FlySafair Partners With KLM and Air France
An interline agreement between South Africa's most on-time airline and KLM/Air France will allow passengers a seamless connection.
Mango Welcomes New CEO
Former chief financial officer Marelize Labuschagne has replaced Nic Vlok as CEO of Mango Airlines. She has been with the airline since 2013 in the financial department and is looking forward to implement the three-year business plan.
Airlink Introduces Business Class Service
You can now enjoy intra-continental business class service on selected Airlink flights.
Kulula Introduces Q-Jump Option
Standing in a long queue to board a flight might just become a thing of the past with Kulula's amazing new option. Fork out a little more and enjoy the royal treatment.
SA Express Plans to Resume Operations
If everything goes according plan, we'll see SA Express return to the skies sooner rather than later! They've indicated that they will resume operations on some of their routes on the 23rd of August 2018.
FastJet Abandons Low-Cost Model for All-inclusive Airfares
Africa's first low-cost airline that charged additional fees for everything from onboard snacks to checked baggage will now include these along with selected drinks in all their airfares.
FlyAfrica's Plans to Resume Operations
If everything goes according to plans we could soon see FlyAfrica return to the sky! Mark the 15th of August 2018 in your diary and keep an eye here for further updates. Unfortunately this is not the first time we've heard of plans to resume operations.
Book Online and Pay In-store
Book domestic and international flights on South Africa Travel Online and pay at your nearest Pick 'n Pay store. No 3D secure credit card needed! Follow these simple steps to your dream holiday!
SA Airlink Cancels Route
The airline announced today that their Cape Town - Pietermaritzburg route will be suspended on the 1st of October 2018.
Last Chance! Buy 2, Get 2 Free Cruise Deal | From R2370 pps*
Treat yourself, family or friends with these incredible prices for your cruise holiday on the MSC Musica. Book a cabin and pay for 2 passengers and the other 2 passengers in the cabin cruise for FREE*!. The special is available till 20 July 2018 and some cabins have sold out already. Book now so you don't miss out. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Last chance! Italy to Durban | Fly, Stay, Cruise | MSC Musica
There are only a handful of cabins left on the MSC Musica Grand Voyage from romatic Venice in Italy to Durban. This cruise comes highly recommended by all that sail on it. Be sure to book yours before it's too late. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Magical Med | 10 Nights | From R19,000 pps*
Spend a night in Lisbon, Portugal before boarding the MSC Preziosa for a 9 night cruise with stops in Spain, Italy, France and Morocco, before flying back to Johannesburg. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Air Seychelles Changes Baggage Policy
Passengers travelling on Air Seychelles after the 1st of July 2018 should check Air Seychelles new baggage policy. The airline recently announced that they are switching from the piece concept to the weight concept.
1 DAY ONLY! Fathers Day Cruise Special From R3,590 pps*
Celebrate the Dad in your life and spoil him with a visit to picturesque Pomene, an idyllic and unspoilt part of Mozambique on board the MSC Musica. Experience the golden beaches, turquoise sea, mangroves and blow holes. This piece of paradise is a must visit on the cruise itinerary. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Save on Lanseria Mango Flights
Save on flights between Lanseria - Cape Town and Lanseria - Durban. Book flights before midnight on the 13th of June 2018 to save on travel until the 31st of July 2018.
Weekend Escapes | MSC Musica | From R3,765 pps*
If you are looking for a weekend getaway, then a cruise is the perfect way to have a break without using up all your precious annual leave! Contact us today and secure your place on the MSC Musica. Be one of the first to sail on her in SA waters! *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Marvellous Med | 9 Nights | From R25,099 pps*
Spend two nights in Valencia, exploring Spains third largest and sunniest city. Then board the MSC Divina for a 9 night cruise with stops in Italy, France and Palma de Mallorca before flying back home. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
🚢 New York Stay + 9 Night Cruise | Fm R33,449 pps*
Book your Mediterranean cruise with the Royal Caribbean for a 9 night discovery of New England and Canada. Starting and ending in New York. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
SA Express Flights Suspended
The South African Civil Aviation Authority has suspended all SA Express flights due to "serious non-compliance." This is effective immediately.
💰Save! Cruises for Under R5,500 pps*
We all need a good bargain and for local cruise from South Africa, we have the best for you. We have put together a list of cruises aboard the MSC Musica for the 2018/2019 cruise season where we still have cabins available for under R5500 pps*. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Nov + Dec 2018 Cruises | MSC Musica | From R3,765 pps*
It may seem that the end of the year is very far away, but don't wait to book your November or December cruise. They are the most popular dates and sell out relatively quickly. Often by the middle of the year, we no longer have available cabins. Contact us today to secure your place on the MSC Musica. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
🌴 Relax More! | 2018+2019 Cruises From R4,985 pps*
Longer cruise = more time to relax! Visit picturesque Pomene, an idyllic and unspoilt part of Mozambique, Portuguese Island, Maputo or cruise all the way to Mauritius and Reunion on board the MSC Musica with one of our cruises offers that are 4 nights or more. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
🌴 March + April 2019 Cruises From R4,455 pps*
Visit picturesque Pomene, an idyllic and unspoilt part of Mozambique, Portuguese Island or cruise all the way to Venice on board the MSC Musica. With golden beaches, warm sea, mangroves and a plethora of activities, you'll have a hard time deciding what to do next! *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Alitalia Resumes Flights Between Johannesburg and Rome
Find everything you need to know about Alitalia's new flights between Johannesburg and Rome here, including luggage allowances, flight schedules and connecting destinations.
⏱️ Limited Time Cruise Offers - 2 In 1! | From R3,675 pps*
Don't miss out! We have two offers for you today - the Upgrade Wave Promotion, where you get a balcony cabin for the price of an inside cabin and the Worker's Day promotion - fantastic reduced rates for the 12 November 2018 departure. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Local Cruises for Under R5,000 pps* | MSC Musica
We all need a good bargain and for local cruises from South Africa, we have the best for you. Book today for the 2018 /2019 cruise season on the MSC Musica and luxuriate on board in the splendour of the ship on her first and only season in South Africa. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
🌴 Magnificent Mauritius 🍹 | 7 Nights | Fm R14,399 pps*
Get your slice of paradise with a choice of 2 excellent value 7 night fly and stay packages. Think of gorgeous beaches, exotic spices, catamaran cruises, snorkeling and palm trees gently blowing in the breeze, then add in you - to perfect the scene! *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
New French Airline To Take Cape Town By Storm
Air France's subsidiary airline Joon recently started operating flights between Cape Town and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Find out everything you need to know about the airline before heading to the City of Lights.
⚓ Cape Town Cruises From R3,975 pps*
There are only a handful of cruises from Cape Town for the 2018 / 2019 season aboard the MSC Musica. With the popularity of these cruises we highly recommend booking your cabin sooner rather than later. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Greyhound Operations Affected by Nationwide Bus Strike
The South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council is embarking on a strike. Greyhound, along with MyCiti and Golden Arrow, have confirmed that they have suspended all operations for the 18th of April 2018. More airlines will likely have to suspend operations.
🌴 Picturesque Pomene | Cruises From R4,825 pps*
Visit picturesque Pomene, an idyllic and unspoilt part of Mozambique on board the MSC Musica. With golden beaches, turquoise sea, mangroves and blow holes, this piece of paradise is a must visit on the cruise itinerary. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
🍁 Canada and USA | 12 Nights | From R33,699 pps*
This BRAND NEW cruise destination for the MSC Meraviglia is sure to thrill all travellers with mountains, lakes, glaciers and forest. Canada's beauty is something which you should behold at least once in your life. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
JOON Launches Cape Town Flights
Air France's low-cost subsidiary launched direct flights between Cape Town and Charles de Gaulle on the 3rd of April 2018.
Balcony Bonanza! | From Only R4,555 pps*
Kick your cruise experience up a notch by taking advantage of the Sunset Balcony Promotion and booking your balcony cabin today at these reduced prices. The special is running in selected cruises for the upcoming 2019 / 2019 SA cruise season. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Suites For My Sweet! | From Only R4,525 pps*
Book a sweet holiday in a suite for you and your loved ones. Why book a suite you may ask? They are the biggest cabins on the ship; they have a bath and a shower; they have lots of extra cupboard and storage space; and of course, they have their own balconies. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
El Al Increases Johannesburg Flights
From the 29th of October 2018 El Al will operate five flights per week between Johannesburg and Tel Aviv.
Virgin Atlantic Introduces Second Daily Flight to Johannesburg
Virgin Atlantic are adding a second daily flight between Johannesburg and London from the 28th of October 2018. Tickets will be on sale from the 24th of March 2018.
Brand New Sale! | 24 Night Cruise From Only R20,245 pps*!
Hold the boat! We are so excited to offer you this opportunity to get aboard the MSC Sinfonia on her final cruise from Durban to Venice Italy. Play Super Bingo and get a guaranteed cabin on the ship, without being able to choose your cabin category. BUT you could be assigned any cabin from an interior cabin up to a balcony cabin! Your cabin will be assigned 7 days prior to sailing. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Cheap Flights to the Cape Town Jazz Festival
We've rounded up the cheapest flights to Cape Town from Durban for the Cape Town Jazz Festival on the 23rd of March 2018.
⚓ Cape Town Cruises From R3,865 pps*
There are only a handful of cruises from Cape Town for the 2018/2019 season on the MSC Musica. These cruises are extremely popular, so we highly recommend booking your cabin sooner rather than later. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.
Airlink Suspends Pretoria Route
SA Airlink has suspended all flights between Cape Town and Pretoria from the 8th of May 2018.
New! Asian Adventure | 14 Nights | From Only R36,804 pps*
Be awed by the history of mysticism of India, discover the ancient traditions of Muscat and wonders of Dubai with this fly and cruise package to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and India. *Limited availability, prices are subject to change.