The latest scoop on flights to Cape Town
Before your flight to Cape Town touches down, keep your eyes peeled for a first glimpse of the legendary and awe-inspiring Table Mountain. All flights to Cape Town from the UK reward you with breathtaking views as you arrive into Cape Town International Airport, the second busiest airport in South Africa.
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Cape Town is an impressive getaway pretty much any time of year. Summer falls between mid-December and early January and is usually the busiest season. February and March are the warmest months and July and August the wettest. The best months to get your hands on cheap tickets to Cape Town are from November to March – provided you book well in advance. If you’re looking for a bargain on return flights to Cape Town during the peak summer season, you can save up to 40% if you add a connecting flight.
How do I get to Cape Town?
Your only choice for a direct flight to Cape Town from the UK is British Airways. Once a day the UK’s flag carrier airline jets off from London Heathrow and lands 11.5 hours later in Cape Town. A whole host of airlines offer connecting flights from other UK airports such as Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow with varying prices and flight times. Pay more and get there faster with Air France via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam. If time is on your side, save money and fly with Emirates via Dubai or Qatar Airways via Doha. Another option from London Heathrow is to fly South African Airways via Johannesburg.
Getting from Cape Town airport to the city centre
The 12-mile journey from Cape Town airport to the city centre is an easy one with amazing views en route. You can take a taxi and pay R300-400, but best agree the price upfront. If you prefer to drive yourself, you’ll find the usual well-known car rental companies at the airport. The cheapest option is the MyCiti bus service, which runs 3 times an hour every day from the airport. Cash is not accepted on the buses so you’ll need to pay R30 for a myconnect card and then top it up. The fare from the airport to the city centre is between R75-85 depending on your final stop.
Underwater capers near Cape Town
Get up close and personal with the spectacular flat-topped backdrop to the coastal city of Cape Town with a cable-car trip to the top of the mountain. For the ultimate mind-blowing experience, why not abseil back down? If this leaves you craving more thrills, there’s one activity that’s guaranteed to get your pulse racing. Fancy a dip in shark-infested waters? Then head to the little seaside town of Gansbaai near Cape Town. Shivers will run down your spine as you enjoy an intimate encounter with some great white sharks on a cage-diving tour.
Cape Town When to Go
At the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town feels like the end of the world—and sometimes the weather acts the part. A prevailing southeastern wind, which can start howling in November, is sometimes called the Cape Doctor for the way it blows off pollution and humidity (a good thing). Remember, though, that it can also turn nasty: In 1936, Table Mountain staff were trapped for five days by raging gales.
On the plus side, these summer southeasters are caused by a high-pressure cell that hovers over Africa’s southern tip, bringing day after day of sun and temperatures around 79. On paper, winters (May through August) are mild—the climate here is considered mostly Mediterranean, so July ranges from 46 to 63 degrees—but it’s also when northwestern systems blow through and help the Mother City live up to another nickname, the Cape of Storms.
The best bet for beaches? Go early and leave by noon, before the wind picks up (and if you want to swim, avoid the Atlantic side—it’s too cold). June brings a huge swell to a wave called Dungeons, site of an annual international surfing competition; January is when to don a huge hat and place your bets in the J&B Met horse race. April’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the best time to hear Cape jazz, a hybrid with an African twist (but you can find performances all year-round). Make sure to check the happenings at the botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch—sunset concerts all summer, carols by candlelight in December (which, remember, is summer too).
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