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Flight path from Johannesburg to Cotonou
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Cotonou is situated on Benin's southern coast & is the economic centre of the country. Cotonou also has the country's best shops, nighclubs, hotels and of course the Grand Marche du Dantokpa (a vibey market).

We recommend staying at the Maison Rouge Hotel, it's fairly close to the airport & situated in the CEN-san compound (built by Libya, and known by locals as "La Maison Qaddafi"). Enjoy ocean views whlilst you sip a drink at their bar. Treat yourself to a room with a sea view. You'll enjoy the large pool, especially if you're a swimmer.

Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Cotonou

Use the flight price comparison tool on the left to compare the airfares of South African Airways against those of other airlines, and allow you to book the cheapest flight from Johannesburg to Cotonou (the largest city in Benin).

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Cotonou

There are no direct flights from Joburg to Cotonou. Twice a week, South African Airways flies from Johannesburg via Pointe Noire (PNR) to Cotonou (COO). As the crow flies, it is 4558 from JNB to Pointe Noire to Cotonou. Flights from Johannesburg are all from O.R. Tambo International Airport, and all land in Cotonou's Cadjehoun Airport.


Arik Air

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport to Cotonou (COO)

1-stop (32 hours)

Kenya Airways

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport to Cotonou (COO)

1-stop (13 to 35 hours)
Nairobi (NBO)

Ethiopian Airlines

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport to Cotonou (COO)

1-stop (24 hours)
Addis Ababa (ADD)


Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport to Cotonou (COO)

Addis Ababa (ADD)


Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport to Cotonou (COO)

1-stop (8 hours)
Pointe Noire


30 July 2012

SAA Voyager offers double miles for flights from JNB to Cotonou, from the 17th May until the 30th July 2012.

20 May 2012

SAA begins flights from Johannesburg to Cotonou using an Airbus 319. outh African Airways' General Manager Commercial, Theunis Potgieter, says that “This new route to Cotonou forms part of SAA’s Africa growth strategy and demonstrates our commitment to being the premier airline linking Africa to the world and the world to Africa. We are increasingly providing business and leisure travellers with a very convenient and relevant array of destinations. Through our Johannesburg hub, SAA offers the most convenient connections between Africa and South America, the Far East and Asia Pacific.”

SAA plane being boarded at Cape Town International Airport


An overland trip from Johannesburg to Cotonou is not recommended. There are two main routes, both of which take one through some pretty hairy areas. This first route covers 8087km from OR Tambo International Airport to Cotonou's Cadjehoun Airport; going through Zimbabwe, Zambia, the DRC, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria and Benin.

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This second route covers 7162km, and is expected to take about 100 hours on the road. It starts off well going through Botswana and Namibia before hitting Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Nigeria and Benin.

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