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14 Nov 2008 flights
surveyed on 18 Oct 2008

Mango does well on the Johannesburg to Cape Town route - when it isn't sold out as a result of underpricing, it often offers the cheapest flights. This week was no exception, Mango flight JE181 charges R690 - it is scheduled to leave JNB at 2035 and arrive in CPT at 2250. Unfortuanately the price of one of our other taxpayer-owned carriers is the most expensive (SAA is charging R1536 for a JNB - CPT economy class seat). The very cheapest ride from Joburg to Cape Town is the Shosholoza Meyl train (economy class, R150).

Flights from Joburg to Cape Town
Bus & train trips from Joburg to Cape Town

BA economy class

1514

Baz Bus (7 day pass)

1200

Interlink economy class

No flights

City to City coach

380

Kulula from OR Tambo

929

Greyhound coach

450

Kulula from Lanseria

729

Intercape coach

500

Mango economy class

690

SA Roadlink coach

399

1time economy class

876

Translux coach

450

SAA economy class

1536

Shosholoza Meyl economy class

150

BA business class
SAA business class

3224
2745

Shosholoza Meyl tourist class
Premier Classe train

Blue train

280
1380
11550

one of Mango's planes

British Airways & SAA - buttering their bread

At R1514, British Airways are charging their highest price on the Johannesburg - Cape Town route we've surveyed since over a year ago, on 25 Aug 2007 (when they charged R1532). However, SAA are most expensive at R1536.

Lanseria cheaper than O.R. Tambo

Kulula were running a sale from Lanseria Airport the other day, and it's interesting to see that they are still offering R200 cheaper flights from Johannesburg's Lanseria Airport (R729) than from O.R. Tambo International Airport (R929). If you live close to Lanseria Airport, the R40 you save from flying Mango could be eaten up by fuel charges and time in getting to O.R. Tambo...and unfortuanately Mango doesn't offer the humour and additional comfort which Kulula has cultivated.

SAA cheapest business class

SAA (South African Airways) is offering the cheapest business class flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town (R2745, a full R1209 more expensive than the equivalent economy class seat). I guess those prices mean that even in the current difficult economic situation, there are people who can afford that price.

Joburg to Cape Town for R150

Cheapest way of getting from Joburg to Cape Town (other than hitchhiking) is with the Shosholoza Meyl train - only R150 for a one-way economy class ticket.

Bus and train & plane prices come down

Whilst Shosholoza Meyl is by far the cheapest, most bus and train prices have come down from when we last surveyed this route (e.g. Translux reduced prices from R500 to R450, Mango reduced from R860 to R690 and Shosholoza Meyl tourist class reduced from R350 to R280).

the Right Stuff

Jeff is a 30-year-old docter who travelled from the USA to Maseru (Lesotho) to join a team of non-profit docters, who look after HIV+ people. These people are made of the right stuff, and come from countries as diverse as the USA, Cuba & Zimbabwe. It's heartening to read Jeff's story, and I hope it inspires others to follow his path. Also interesting was reading about Mission Aviation Fellowship, who fly the docters and patients around in their cessna aircraft. In Africa, the Mission Aviation Fellowship is active in the D.R.C., Lesotho, Mali and Mozambique.

a hilltop in Lesotho

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