South Africa Airports

Vacationers making plans to fly to South Africa will easily find an airport serving all of the major cities of the regions. Regardless of what cape or province they intend to visit, travelers have accessibility to an airport in South Africa, which makes flying a convenient way to travel within the country once they begin any South Africa vacation.

Beginning at the southern tip of the country, the Cape Town airport is an international airport and the second-largest in South Africa, with Johannesburg airport—officially called OR Tambo International—being the busiest. Cape Town airport, located in the Western Cape region, has an excellent international reputation. At this airport, ground transportation is available through car rentals, shuttle services, or metered taxies. Shuttle cabs take passengers from the parking area to their designated terminal, and valet parking and secure garages are available for passenger vehicles. The airport also provides international banking facilities and retail venues.

Johannesburg airport is the largest hub and has more than 50 airlines to South Africa using the facility. The terminal is user-friendly and designed for passengers' comfort, with special attention paid to providing easy access for disabled travelers. Johannesburg airport provides a medical clinic, dentist, and optometrist for passengers' needs. There is also a multi-level parking garage with 5,000 spaces, shuttle and golf cart services to pick up and deliver passengers to their terminal, porter service, banking and ATM machines, wired and wireless internet capabilities, restaurants, retail mall, shops, and rental car companies.

Vacationers planning a trip along the Eastern Cape will fly to these South Africa airports and land at Port Elizabeth, East London, or Durban airport. The Port Elizabeth airport has a restaurant, cafes, retail shops, ATMs, and several car rental companies available. Shuttle services to and from the airport are available and are scheduled to accommodate flight schedules. Metered taxis are also available. Parking options include covered parking, secured garages, and short and long-term parking.

International travelers often arrive at Johannesburg or Cape Town, but choosing to fly to South Africa via a smaller airport has its advantages. At the East London airport, navigation is easy as there is less passenger traffic. The airport also is close enough to other destinations, including beaches and game reserves, to make it a convenient tourist stopover. A restaurant, cafes, and a bookstore are available while waiting for flights.

Durban International airport ranks third behind Johannesburg and Cape Town airports in terms of passenger volume. Its location puts it near to the KwaZulu game reserves, such as Phinda and the Hluhluwe Umfolozi reserve, mountains, and lush countryside. At this international airport in South Africa, banking, restaurants, bars, shops, taxis, and car rentals are available. To travel to the city of Durban and its many beachfront hotels, shuttle and coach services operate to and from the airport.

Other South Africa airports that vacationers may choose, depending on the area of their destination, include Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Nelspruit Airport, which are especially useful for serving tourists traveling to Kruger National Park and Mozambique.

Another smaller airport in South Africa is the Kimberley Airport, located in the Northern Cape region. Airport facilities include a pub and ATMs, and though there are no shuttles to the airport from the city, there are car rentals from Avis, Hertz, Alamo, National, and Budget, as well as taxi service.

Additional South Africa airports along the coast and interior regions include Umtata, Vryburg, Upington, Bloemfontein, Messina, Ladysmith, Queenstown, Gateway International Airport in Pietersburg, and Mmabatho International Airport. The abundance of airports in the country means that no matter where travelers choose to go during a South Africa vacation, they're sure to find air travel to be a convenient way to get there.

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