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Don't fly on the 4th April

SouthAfrica.TO survey
4 April 2008 flights
surveyed on 8 Mar 2008

If you were thinking of flying from Durban to Cape Town on the evening of the 4th of April, don't - rather take the bus or stay at home. Two of the low cost carriers are sold out (Kulula and 1time), and your cheapest one-way flight is a record high R739 with Mango Airlines. Mango Airlines flight JE387 leaves Durban at 2145 on the 4th April and is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town at 2355.

Flights from Durban to Cape Town
Bus trips from Durban to Cape Town

British Airways

1100

Baz Bus (7 day pass)

1020

Kulula.com

sold out

City to City bus

360

Mango Airlines

739

Greyhound bus

465

Nationwide Airlines

905

Intercape bus

560

1time Airline

sold out

SA Roadlink bus

299

SAA - South African Airways

1476

Citiliner bus
Translux bus

350
520

Mango plane parked at Cape Town airport

Record of cheapest flights from Durban to Cape Town
Flight Date
Cheapest airline
Flight price

15 Jun 2007

Nationwide Airline

600

27 Jul 2007

Mango Airline

477

7 Sep 2007

Nationwide Airline

630

19 Oct 2007

Nationwide Airline

630

30 Nov 2007

Mango Airline

725

11 Jan 2008

Mango Airline

725

22 Feb 2008

Nationwide Airline

691

4 Apr 2008

Mango Airline

739

If you followed a strategy of always choosing the cheapest flight price, then the highest flight price you would have had to pay would be on the 4th April 2008.

Rather take the bus

With such high flight prices, rather take the bus and see some of the countryside. The SA Roadlink bus leaves Durban at 0630 on the 4th April and arrives in Cape Town at 0730 on the 5th April. It costs R299 and results in far less carbon being spewed out into the atmosphere.

SA Roadlink bus

Car rentals in Cape Town

Once you arrive in Cape Town you may be looking for a rental car to drive to your hotel or wherever you're staying.

Europcar rentals

Avis car hire

Hertz car rental

ImperialCar Rental (now Europcar)

National Car

Tempest car hire

Thrifty car rental

513

460

333

479

332

326

386

As has become the norm in our surveys, Tempest car hire are offering the cheapest car rental prices.

Hotel prices in Cape Town

You've now got your flight/bus and hired a car, but where do you want to stay when you get to Cape Town?

Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge

Courtyard Cape Town

City Lodge V&A Waterfront

Town Lodge Bellville

Road Lodge Cape Town Airport

Southern Sun V&A Waterfront

StayEasy Century City

Holiday Inn Garden Court De Waal

Sun International The Table Bay (Waterfront)

full booked

855

831

532

355

1325

575

730

5970

Road Lodge offers the cheapest night's accommodation and Sun International's "The Table Bay" the most expensive night (no surprises there).

Travellers visiting South Africa and their blogs

Paul, Mark and Thirnam visit Jeffrey's Bay

As part of their world tour; Paul, Mark and Thirnam visited Jeffreys Bay, which they thought was "so so":

Jeffreys Bay's beach

Bob visits Cape Town

Bob Stricker visited Cape Town and took a load of photos. He also tells us how he made the mistake of going out with a group of people staying at his youth hostel who were born in the late 1980s, resulting in him having to rush out the next morning (without showering or brushing teeth) at 6am to go shark-cage diving.

Cape Town CBD from Table Mountain

British Airways

A photo of a British Airways plane parked at Johannesburg International Airport. The photo was taken on the 19th January 2008 from the international departures section of the airport.

British Airways plane at Johannesburg airport

International flight news

Alan Rudduck on Michael O'Leary (he who makes Ryanair flights happen)

"He may look and sound like a showman, but O'Leary is at heart an accountant, with an eye for detail and a nose for savings that make him an uncompromising negotiator who will take brinkmanship to the highest level. Boeing might love him, but they also know that if the price is right he will, without blinking, switch his allegiance to their arch-rival." Alan Ruddock on Michael O'Leary (the man who sells Ryanair plane tickets for a living) in his book: "A Life in Full Flight: The story of the man who made Ryanair take off".

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