Explore southern Africa with British Airways

26 February 2020

Breathtaking natural landscapes, iconic wildlife, gorgeous sunshine and modern cosmopolitan cities – despite all of this, southern Africa is still a destination that eludes many tourists from the UK but for those who make the journey, the rewards are vast. With British Airways you can discover this naturally blessed region of the world and add some adventure to your travels.

Cape Town, South Africa

At the foot of the awe-inspiring Table Mountain is ‘The Mother City’, Cape Town. This thriving urban metropolis in South Africa’s Western Cape is a diverse hub of activity with a unique spirit of its own. Visitors here can take the boat out to Robben Island to learn of the country’s dark past at the hands of apartheid and see the prison that held Nelson Mandela. Following your history lesson, hike around the Twelve Apostles or to Boulder Beach for a day of penguin spotting – but watch out, the little critters can be quite territorial. Slightly inland from Cape Town you’ll find some of the world’s finest wineries surrounding quaint towns like Franschhoek.

British Airways operates regular flights to Cape Town International Airport from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, with three additional flights from March 30th to April 19th  2020, delivering you to Africa’s most popular tourist city in little over 11 hours.

Durban, South Africa


With a year-round subtropical climate, daytime temperatures in Durban seldom dip below 20 degrees meaning that whatever time of year you choose to visit, you’ll be able to sun yourself along the city’s Golden Mile of beachfront and maybe even try your hand at surfing the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. For brave visitors, the large population of sharks inhabiting the waters to the south of the city, creates the perfect opportunity to get beneath the surface to float amongst these ancient predators. If you’re a little too nervy for that, there’s still plenty to love about Durban including the food! Thanks to the city’s huge Indian population, Durban’s favourite dish is a curry,  served in a hollowed-out bread loaf in a dish known as ‘Bunny Chow’.

With direct flights from London Heathrow to Durban departing three times a week, you could soon be enjoying the warm glow of South Africa’s east coast with British Airways.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is a bustling hub of quirky districts and stirring history which come together wonderfully to create South Africa’s largest city. On a visit to Jo’burg you can cycle the streets of Soweto to see where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu once lived, bungee jump from the flamboyantly decorated Orlando Power Station and visit the thought-provoking Apartheid Museum for a moving journey through the city’s past.

For wildlife spotting opportunities, Johannesburg is well-positioned for trips out to Kruger Park, where Africa’s big 5 can all be found in their natural environment.

You could come face to face with some of Africa’s most majestic creatures thanks to British Airways twice-daily flights operating from London Heathrow to O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Stretching for 16km along the Algoa Bay, the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth is considered South Africa’s water sports capital thanks to its collection of blue flag beaches, along which surfing, jet-skiing, kayaking and sailing can all be found. Get in step with the laidback lifestyle that this city boasts as you spend your days relaxing on its beaches before heading to one of its waterside eateries for a fresh taste of the ocean’s finest produce.

British Airways flies to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg, making the coastal city an ideal stop on a South African multi-centre adventure.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

The spectacular Victoria Falls waterfall marks the point where Africa’s fourth-largest river pours over a 1.5-mile cliff to create a thunderous roar as it collides with the water’s surface below. This World Heritage site is the world’s largest waterfall and a view that’s not to be missed by any keen adventure traveller. If you’re looking to fire some adrenaline into your trip, there are bungee jumps and white water rafting available along the Zambezi river near to the falls.

British Airways operates flights to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg, making it the perfect add on to your southern African adventure and allowing you to tick off another of the continent’s wondrous countries.


To book your flights to southern Africa with British Airways, contact your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of a range of exclusive benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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