Most overseas tourists arrive in South Africa at one of the International Airports. However, getting around SA, especially for visitors can be a bit of a mystery. South Africa is not restricted to the national airline, SAA, it also has a few other airlines that make air travel around the country convenient and quick. So what are the domestic airlines of South Africa and where do they fly from and to?
South African Airways is the national airline of South Africa. For many travellers, this is the airline of choice as it flies to the most domestic destinations. It is a full-service airline that is reliable with good ground and onboard service.
Flying under the British Airways banner, Comair is another full-service airline that flies predominantly to and from Cape Town, Johannesburg (O R Tambo and Lanseria), Durban and Port Elizabeth. Known for its reliability and outstanding service BA in South Africa is a popular choice for business travellers.
The orange planes of Mango represent the no-frills or budget airline of South African Airways. In bids to reduce operating costs, a growing number of SAA flights are substituted with Mango flights and aircraft. The airline flies to 7 domestic destinations: Johannesburg OR Tambo and Lanseria, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and George. Flights are affordable and reliable.
Kulula is South Africa’s first budget airline and forms part of BA Comair. The distinctive green planes and the super friendly onboard service make this one of SA’s favourite airlines. The airline flies to 7 destinations: Johannesburg (O R and Lanseria), Cape Town, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and George. The flights are affordable and the service legendary.
To get to one of a staggering 24 locations in South Africa, Airlink is the airline to choose. Smaller aircraft on less busy routes allow anyone to get almost anywhere in SA by air.
The new kid on the block in terms of air travel in SA. A hugely popular airline, mainly due to very low fares, Safair flies to 7 destination in South Africa: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg (O R and Lanseria), East London, George and Port Elizabeth.
All of the airlines have easy to navigate websites for bookings; however many South African domestic travellers make use of a popular discount fare website Travelstart.
Flying in SA is very safe, aircraft are maintained to exceptional standards and fleets are becoming more modern.
The oceans around Cape Town are heavily polluted with a variety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are now being found in the flesh of fish being caught. Fish found in waters off Kalk Bay have been found to contain everything from antibiotics and pain killers to cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances with at least 15 different chemical compounds being found in alarming numbers.
It is always good news to hear about declining levels of poaching of any kind. For decades the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique was one of the top spots for illegal elephant ivory poaching. We are elated to report the good news that this once “ivory factory” has not seen a single elephant killed since 2018.
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