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Thank God for Mango

SouthAfrica.TO survey
18 Jul 2008 flights
surveyed on 21 Jun 2007

With Nationwide having gone bust we need somebody to keep flight prices down...thank God for Mango Airlines. Looking at flight prices from Cape Town to Durban, Mango Airlines is far and away the cheapest in today's survey. In fact Mango have been cheapest on the Cape Town to Durban flight route in our last 5 surveys since 5 Jan 2008.

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

British Airways economy class

1870

Baz Bus (7 day pass)

1020

Kulula.com economy class

959

Citiliner coach

385

Mango Airlines economy class
leaves 1850, arrives 2050

652
flight JE362

City to City coach

380

1time Airline economy class

sold out

Greyhound coach

490

SAA economy class

sold out

SA Roadlink coach

site down

SAA businesss class
British Airways business class

2517
2827

Translux coach

540

With Nationwide closed down, 1time Airline sold out and SAA economy class sold out; it seems there is not enough capacity of the Cape Town to Durban flight route.

side-on photo of a Mango plane

Cheapest business class flight

I'm not certain whether those who can afford business class tickets shop around, but SAA (South African Airways) are offering the cheapest business class flight from Cape Town to Durban, in our new business class survey. SAA are R310 cheaper than British Airways.

Coach trips

The price of coach trips slowly continue creeping upwards. Cheapest coach trip from Cape Town to Durban is the City to City coach. The most expensive coach trip (excluding Baz Bus, which really operates in the backpacker space and offers a different service) is the Translux coach.

Departure City
Destination City
Full Price
Departure Date & Time
Arrival Date & Time
Carrier

CAPE TOWN

DURBAN

380.00

18 July - 06h00

19 July - 07h05

City to City coach

CAPE TOWN

DURBAN

540.00

18 July - 06h30

19 July - 06h30

Translux coach

CAPE TOWN

DURBAN

380.00

18 July - 17h00

19 July - 20h30

City to City coach

CAPE TOWN

DURBAN

540.00

18 July - 18h30

19 July - 21h10

Translux coach

Hotel prices in Durban

Prices of hotels in Durban are pretty static since our last survey. The Protea Hotel Edward has drastically reduced its price from R1620 for a night to R864 (school holidays are over then). The Southern Sun North Beach now has rooms available and is charging R779 for a night. Road Lodge is still cheapest.

Hotel night

Protea Hotel Edward

City Lodge Durban

Road Lodge Durban

Holiday Inn Garden Court South Beach

Holiday Inn Garden Court Marine Parade

Southern Sun North Beach

Suncoast Hotel & Towers

18 Jul 2008

864

656

355

683

803

779

874

4 Jul 2008

1620

656

355

683

803

no rooms

no rooms

Car rental prices in Durban

[since this article was written, Imperial Car Rental have rebranded as Europcar South Africa]

Imperial Car Rental and Thrifty Car Rental have both drastically reduced their car rental prices since the 4 July survey of car rental prices in Durban. Avis South Africa is once again offering the cheapest car rental prices.

 

Avis South Africa

Budget rentals

Europcar rentals

Hertz car rental

Imperial car rental

First Car Rental

Tempest car hire

Thrifty Car Rental

Wood ford Car Rental

18 Jul 2008

327

333

513

362

353

332

331

336

330

4 Jul 2008

327

333

513

362

479

332

331

386

330

Prices are for the weekends beginning 4 July and 18 July.

Avis car rental advert in Johannesburg

LJ with  Giraffe in the background Trip to South Africa with Dad

LJ had bought a ticket for a flight from Kigali to Johannesburg to meet up with her Dad...unfortuanately the plane had broken down, so instead flew from Kigali to Nairobi and then from Nairobi to Johannesburg. LJ and her Dad enjoyed:

  • playing with baby lions and feeding them (Rhino Lion Park?)

  • visiting church communities in Johannesburg and Pretoria

  • going on safari in the Pilanesburg (which included being a few metres from an elephant...look at this great photo below)

photo of elephant taken from a few metres

A horrid, horrid little man

A Life in Full Flight"I have never met anyone like him in my life. It is not persistence - I've met persistent people - he is obsessive, about himself and his business. He's not interested in a good business relationship, or a social relationship, he is interested in none of those things, it's just me me me. I just think he's a horrid, horrid little man." Minister Mary O'Rourke expressing her views of Michael O'Leary - as expressed in the book by Alan Ruddock, "A Life in Full Flight: The story of the man who made Ryanair take off". And what did O'Leary think of O'Rourke - "She's an idiot. I'm very supportive of people who come from the midlands but I'm not supportive of an idiot no matter where they come from. Most politicians are idiots, but if you look at the scale of idiocy she'd be right up there at the top."

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