Southern Africa Getting There
The major inter-regional hub for Southern Africa is OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. There are a number of airport and centrally located hotels we can assist you with if your flights require you to spend a night there, which is fairly common. We can also help with private transfers. Johannesburg has a number of interesting attractions and is a leading city of Africa however most travelers stay there as an obligatory stop due to air schedules.
From Johannesburg you can reach all of the major cities of the region: Cape Town (CPT), Maun (MUB), Victoria Falls (VFA), Livingstone (LVI), Windhoek (WDK), and more. There are daily flights to all of these regional airports.
Sometimes flights can be difficult to find or book via online booking engines; if you run into any difficulties, please contact us and our air specialist can help. There are daily flights to all of our destinations.
Useful regional airlines with online booking service:
- South Africa Airways: flysaa.com
- Botswana (esp. Johannesburg – Maun): airbotswana.co.bw
- Inter-South Africa/Livingstone: flyairlink.com
- Federal Air: fedair.com
To fly to the Sabi Sands, there are two possible airports, so be sure to book your flights into the closest one:
- Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit (MQP or KMIA)
- Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
Alternatively, you can fly on Federal Air directly to the camp airstrips. These flights are more expensive, but you save time and money on the transfer.
The two airports for Victoria Falls are Livingstone Airport (LVI) in Zambia and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe. There are daily flights from Johannesburg to both airports (try British Airways and South African Airways). If you are flying from Kruger (MQP), there are direct flights to Livingstone (LVI) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For all other days and if you are flying to Victoria Falls (VFA), you will have to overnight in Johannesburg. As of January 31, 2015, A yellow fever certificate is NOT required to enter Zambia from South Africa.
Flying into or out of Maun (MUB), ther is South African Airways and Air Botswana, but SAA tends to have better connections. Most flights from Cape Town to Maun will go through Johannesburg.
It is advisable to adhere to the luggage restrictions for both scheduled international, domestic and charter flights: 20kgs (44lbs) on domestic flights, and 20kgs (44lbs) on international flights.
Light aircraft transfers in Botswana have a 15kg luggage restrictions in soft, squashable bags PLUS 5kg of hand luggage. Travelers coming for safaris are advised not to bring hard suitcases as they will not fit on light aircraft. The luggage can have wheels as long as the top of the bag can be squished (a duffel with wheels, for example). You can also bring a soft bag plus a separate wheeled carrier as long as both are within the weight limit. People with overweight luggage will be charged for an extra seat the airplane (about $180).