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The only direct flights from South Africa to Israel are from Johannesburg to Tel Aviv. To book a cheap flight to Israel:
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Your options to fly from Johannesburg to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) are El Al (direct), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Ababa), KLM (via Amsterdam), Air France (via Paris) or Swiss (via Zurich).
Your options to fly from Cape Town to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) are Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), KLM (via Amsterdam), Swiss (via Zurich) or Virgin Atlantic (via London Heathrow).
There are only 2-stop flight options from Durban to Israel.
At the time of writing, South African citizens would be issued with a visa, good for three months, upon entry. For the latest up to date requirements, visit the Embassy of Israel in Pretoria or contact them at 012-470-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Their physical address in South Africa is 428 King's Highway, (corner Elizabeth Grove Street), Lynwood, Pretoria. Note that the embassy is closed on Israeli public holidays.
Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Israel requiring embassy assistance.
Physical address: Sason Hogi Tower, 17th Floor, 12a Abba Hillel Silver Street, Ramat-Gan
Email : email@example.com
Phone number : + 972-3-525-2566
The currency used in Israel is the Israeli new shekel.
Hebrew and Arabic are the national languages. English is widely spoken.
Places of interest in Israel include:
Jerusalem is 3000 years old yet continues to awe its constant stream of tourists and spiritual pilgrims. This spiritual epicenter, holy to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, is packed with religious sights such as the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Al-Aqsa mosque. This walled ancient city (which is remarkably well-maintained) is full of winding streets and busy bazaars, making it perfect for exploring on foot.
Masada, a desert rock plateau by the Dead Sea, is an ancient fortification that was the site of a siege around 73 CE that resulted in the suicide of over 950 Jewish rebels. The site has become the symbol of modern Israel. The jaw-dropping scenery is best enjoyed at dawn for an especially moving experience.
Eilat is Israel’s most fashionable resort town with endless stylish hotels, coral reef, and beach. It’s a place to see and be seen. Boat cruises in glass-bottom boats are popular, as well as scuba diving and kayaking. If the Eilat scene loses its appeal, the surrounding desert and mountains are ripe for exploring.
Tel Aviv is a casual, laid-back city where every day seems to be a Saturday or Sunday. Its liberal attitude has bred an incredible number of clubs and an energetic beach scene. Excellent restaurants, distinct walkable neighborhoods, and tree-lined streets complete the dynamic Tel Aviv experience. Spend some time at Gordon Beach on the Tel Aviv Strip - watch out for people playing matkot (a sport where a wooden paddle is used to knock a little rubber ball back & forth).
April and May or September and October have the mildest weather and are the best time to visit. November to March can be quite chilly while the summer months can be hot, reaching over 40°C in the south.
You may either want to time your visit to Israel to coincide with a public holiday and join in the fun, or avoid the date so as to avoid additional travel costs (and possible crowds):
Floating Public Holidays:
Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret
Seventh Day of Passover
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Fallen Soldiers Remembrance Day
Written by Bronwyn Kienapple