Jonathan and Soledad

Flights, Airlines and Rental Cars

Here is a breakdown of some of the flights that you might be looking at whilst in South Africa.

If you fly SAA from New York you should be landing in Johannesburg (There are no direct flights from the US to Cape Town). If you are flying other airlines you could fly into Cape Town (Eg. British Airways via London, Emirates via Dubai, etc). This all depends on how you would like to plan your trip around the wedding. (See suggested itineraries)

Johannesburg has 2 airports, O.R Tambo (JNB) and Lanseria (HLA). Cape Town has one airport which is Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

I have listed 4 of the best Car Rentals in South Africa. These are available at all airports and cities mentioned below.

Johannesburg to East London (ELS)
- You can fly Kulula or SAA
- Prices are approximately $130 return / $64 one way
- Flight is 1 hour 30 minutes
- See below for car rental

Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth (PLZ)
- Kulula or SAA
- Prices are approximately $290 return / $110 one way
- Flight is 1 hour 40 minutes

Johannesburg to Cape Town
- Kulula / Mango / SAA
- Prices are approximately $230 return / $140 one way
- Flight is 2 hours 10 minutes

Cape Town to East London
- SAA
- Prices are approximately $300 return / $150 one way
- Flight is 2 hours

Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
- Kulula / SAA / Mango
- Prices are approximately $280 return / $142 one way
- Flight is 1 hour 30 minutes

Johannesburg to Cape Town
- Kulula / Mango / SAA
- Prices are approximately $230 return / $140 one way
- Flight is 2 hours 10 minutes

South African Airways

SAA has a direct flight from New York to Johannesburg. This is a great option and is generally around $1100-$1500 for a return flight. SAA is also a member in the Star Alliance program with United Airlines and U.S Airways. Use those miles!

Kulula Airlines

Kulula is a great airline for getting around South Africa. I would recommend using them for the flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth/East London and If you're heading down to Cape Town pre or post wedding, this is the airline to use. They are partners with British Airways so sometimes it will be listed as BA flight instead of Kulula.

Mango Airlines

Mango Airlines is another great low cost airline, although sometimes their flights can get expensive if booked too late. Very similar to Kulula but doesn't do as many destinations. It's basically a toss up between Kulula and Mango for domestic flights.

Europcar

Europcar

Europcar has partnered with Kulula airlines, so if you're booking a flight through them you should get a decent discount on a rental.

Tempest Car Hire

Tempest Car Hire

Avis Rent a Car

Avis Rent a Car

Thrifty Car Rental

Thrifty Car Rental