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Freedom Day long weekend

23 Apr 2010 flights
surveyed on 26 Mar 2010
South Africa Travel Online

There are a couple of things happening in Gauteng on the weekend of the 24th & 25th April:

  • Super 14: Lions are losing to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld (either I'm right or we'll have witnessed the biggest miracle in 2000 years)

  • Castrol Extreme Auto Show at the Coca Cola Dome in North Riding

  • And remember that Tuesday the 27th April is the Freedom Day public holiday (so put in leave for the Monday and you have a long weekend). Here's your flight prices to Joburg, car rentals & accommodation prices:

    Freedom weekend flight prices

    Mango Airlines is cheapest, but for R26 more I'd rather fly British Airways (more space and free food and drinks). Check out all prices using the flight price comparison tool.

    Flights from Cape Town to Gauteng *
    Bus & train trips from Cape Town to Johannesburg

    Mango Airlines economy class
    flight JE178 departs 2030 arrives 2235


    Shosholoza Meyl train economy Class
    depart CPT 1000 arrives Joburg 1216 (next day)


    BA British Airways traveller class
    flight BA6438 departs 1900 arrives 2100


    SA Roadlink bus coach
    departs CPT 1100 arrives Joburg 0600 (next day)


    1time Airline economy class
    flight 1T112 departs 1800 arrives 2000


    City to City bus coach
    departs CPT 1300 arrives Joburg 0635 (next day)


    Kulula Air economy (to Lanseria Airport)
    flight MN460 departs 2000 arrives 2200


    SA Roadlink bus coach
    departs CPT 1800 arrives Joburg 1100 (next day)


    Mango Flex
    flight JE176 departs 1750 arrives 1955


    Translux bus coach
    departs CPT 1515 arrives Joburg 0915 (next day)


    SAA South African Airways economy
    flight SA372 departs 2010 arrives 2210


    Shosholoza Meyl train tourist class
    depart CPT 1230 arrives Joburg 1518 (next day)


    Kulula Air economy class (to O.R. Tambo)
    flight MN106 departs 1830 arrives 2030


    Greyhound bus coach via Kimberley
    departs CPT 1300 arrives Joburg 0645 (next day)


    Mango Plus
    flight JE176 departs 1750 arrives 1955


    Intercape bus coach
    departs CPT 1730 arrives Joburg 1320 (next day)


    BA British Airways club/business class
    flight BA6426 departs 1800 arrives 2000


    Baz Bus
    7 day pass


    SAA premium class/business class
    flight SA362 departs 1750 arrives 1950


    Premier Classe train (Tuesdays & Saterdays)
    departs CPT 0905 arrives Joburg 1103 (next day)


    * one-way flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg/Lanseria/Pretoria Wonderboom, leaving between 1729 & 2031 on 23 Apr 2010 (incl. taxes). Prices can and do change depending on factors outside of the control of us at South Africa Travel Online.


    Cheapest Johannesburg accommodation is at the Airport Inn, from R199 a night.

    Car Hire in Johannesburg

    We priced the cost of Johannesburg car hire from O.R Tambo International Airport from 13h00 on the 23th April 2010 until 13h00 on the 25th April 2010 as follows:


    Europcar Johannesburg

    First Car Rental
    unlimited mileage

    Car Hire Compare

    4x4 hire in Johannesburg






    Per Day





    Hartbeespoort hot air ballooning

    Rates for hot air ballooning at Hartebeespoort are R1900 per person. Up to 2 children under 12 years old per flight of 6 passengers qualify for a 50% discount. Non-flyers are welcome to accompany passengers for breakfast at a cost of R85 each. Refreshments prior to the flight, transport in retrieve vehicle and champagne at the landing site and / or during breakfast included. Transfers to and from the launch site can be arranged at a reasonable rate.

    Once you have chosen a date for your Ballooning Experience please email us as at as soon as possible to secure the date. Payment will secure your booking. Once we have received proof of payment we will send you a booking confirmation as well as directions to the launch site.

    We also require the name, surname, ID number and weight of each passenger, as well as a mobile
    phone number where you can be contacted after hours in case of bad weather and the flight has to be postponed.

    Please let us know if it is a special occasion, for example a birthday or anniversary, especially for surprises so that we can make sure that we don’t let the cat out of the bag.

    Driving the Garden Route

    Dan & Francesca saw the the Garden Route in the finest style - driving - and discovered the South African tradition of slower cars pulling onto the shoulder and passing vehicle using your hazard lights to thank them. Near Hermanus they did some shark-cage diving, and at Oudtshoorn they rode on the ostriches. They cited the diversity of landscapes as being the most impressive thing in driving the Garden Route - Las Vegas like deserts to Tuscany like scenery.

    shark-cage diving near Hermanus

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