The summer in Johannesburg runs from November to February, with warm days but heavy rain in the afternoons. Your intended activities will best determine what time of year you should visit.
You’ll find flights to Johannesburg more expensive during the peak of Summer, but if you want to watch game, then visit between August and October. You’ll find cheaper flights to Johannesburg as well as less tourists.
Whale watching is best either between June and October or August and December, depending what kind of whales you want to see. You can also enjoy diving and surfing during April to September so the best time for your flights to Johannesburg is ultimately decided on what you want to do.
Johannesburg doesn’t really have an off season as it’s warm and pleasant all year round, that said, outside of the summer months is when you’ll find the cheapest flights to Johannesburg unless a special event is taking place.
If you decide you want to visit in October for example, see if there are any festivals on that might drive the price of your flight tickets up. October does host the International Motor Show, a show which is unique to Johannesburg so you’ll have to book your flights earlier to secure the best deals on your flight tickets.
Flights from London to Johannesburg – 10 hours 45 minutes
Flights from Manchester to Johannesburg – 13 hours 35 minutes
Flights from Birmingham to Johannesburg – 13 hours 30 minutes
Flights from Glasgow to Johannesburg – 14 hours 10 minutes
There are several airlines that operate flights to Johannesburg, although the main ones are Virgin Atlantic, South African, and British Airways. You can sometimes find flights with KLM which may be slightly cheaper than the others, although you’ll be sacrificing comfort for the cheaper flight tickets. Virgin is a highly reputable airline that offer comfort and great inflight entertainment, and are usually reasonably priced too.
The Reya Vaya is a bus dedicated for safe and affordable transport to the city from the airport and can be found from outside the arrival Terminal. There are other bus options to choose from but the Reya Vaya service is by far more reliable.
If you’re not too sure about where you are going or where you need to get off the bus, it might be wise to grab a taxi from the airport. Make sure you agree on a price before getting in though or for a guaranteed price make sure to use a metered taxi. On the upper levels of the airport you can find a new rail link between the airport and the suburbs, just follow the signs after your flight to Johannesburg lands.