A land of wonders, the reasons to visit South Africa are long and varied.
The ever-warm country of South Africa welcomes around 17 million tourists each year and on top of that, business trips are on the rise as UK companies seek to grow trade connections within the African continent.
Of course, your interest in business class flights to South Africa may well be inspired by the country’s most iconic attraction; The Kruger National Park! It is the ultimate place for safari experiences, with abundant opportunities to view Big Game in the most extraordinary landscapes.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
There are so many reasons to choose South Africa for holidays, as it is a truly diverse destination. Think stunning beaches along the Western Cape, lush Winelands, the Cape of Good Hope’s glorious landscapes, and the beautiful lagoons and forests on the Garden Route. And let’s not forget the culinary delights on offer!
Cape Town’s Vineyards
Of course, no ‘to-do list’ of things to see in South Africa would be complete without mentioning the vibrant city of Johannesburg – and with its proximity to the major safaris locations, it remains ever popular.
But the real jewel in the crown is Cape Town sitting on the glittering waters near where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean. Table Mountain is without question the most iconic and predominant site in this historic and diverse city, but there are numerous other attractions; from beautiful beaches scattered along the coastline, to world-class restaurants and exciting bars to visit. Shopping is simply fabulous and the Victoria and Albert Waterfront will cater to pretty much all budgets and tastes. Sports also play a huge role in the region and those keen on cricket and Rugby will easily find something to entertain. Simply put, there is something for everyone.
The weather is predictable and to many people, perfect. The region benefits from a Mediterranean climate with very mild, rainy winters and warm to hot, dry summers. Cape Town gets almost all its rainfall in winter, so expect warm and cloudless days throughout summer. It can also get windy at this time of year, and kite-surfing is a popular summertime activity!
Clifton Beaches, Cape Town
We could spend a long time exploring reasons to book holidays in South Africa. However, it’s getting there in affordable comfort and style that may concern you most.
Firstly, how long are flights from the UK to South Africa?
Cheap business class flights to South Africa can involve multiple stops and anything up to 36 hours of travel, however, you can do it in less than 12 hours! That’s because, as we explain below, it is also possible to fly direct to South Africa from the UK.
That’s still a significant journey though, and arriving stiff, tired, and cranky eats into your much-anticipated safari holiday or South African adventure.
Fortunately, leading airlines offer tempting business class deals to South Africa, including options to connect to many major destinations such as Durban, Cape Town, Gqeberha, and East London, as well as Johannesburg. Your end destination may well influence what you see as the best deal on South Africa flights, especially when considering flying business class options.
However, the fundamental advantage is this: you will enjoy your time in this wonderful country much more if the journey is a positive experience. This includes moving swiftly through airports with business class privileges, relaxing in luxury airport lounges, and basking in super comfortable seats pampered by attentive cabin staff!
With so many airlines offering premier flight options, how can you ‘hunt down’ the best deals on business class tickets to South Africa?
Our pick of the three best business class flights to South Africa is detailed below.
BA is the one to choose if your preference is to fly nonstop business class to Cape Town or to fly direct to Johannesburg. The best business class flights to South Africa with a stopover are undoubtedly Emirates and Lufthansa.
We’ve mentioned those attractive direct routes from the UK to South Africa (some of which take 11 hours and 30 minutes). What other advantages are there to flying business class with British Airways?
One is the competitive price of BA Club Class tickets to South Africa. Also, the company itself says “Club World is more than just a seat” – and it really is! The new British Airways Club Suite is astonishingly good. It is spacious, with beautiful high quality detailing. The lie-flat bed is extremely comfortable and even comes with an overmattress and luxury bedding (and amenity kits) created by The White Company.
The entertainment and food and beverage service in Club Class cabins are excellent, and you also sample the joys of priority boarding and private lounges to make transitions through airports stress-free.
Emirates Airlines refers to its business class cabins as “the perfect living space” and it’s no idle boast! The company has invested heavily in the design, fittings, and technology that make its business class cabins a pleasurable experience.
This VIP treatment extends to making you comfortable – and feeding you superbly well – during a stopover in Dubai. Time in the private lounge there will ‘fly by’ and even choosing this indirect flight to South Africa could involve just 17 hours of travel, if booked with care.
Keep in mind that some travellers choose to add a few days exploring the wonders of Dubai to a multi-stay holiday to South Africa when flying with Emirates.
One of the most attractive and affordable ways to travel business class to South Africa is with the ever-competitive Lufthansa airline.
Alongside all the business class awards and lofty praise, other major airlines receive, Lufthansa continues to ‘quietly’ offer great prices for luxury long-haul travel.
Open plan design and ambient decoration within premier cabins complement its spacious seating while it also offers lots of little touches for a luxury travel experience, including quality tableware and amenities, food created by top chefs, Lufthansa business lounges, and expedited transit at airports.
Carefully selected Lufthansa business class flights between the UK and South Africa (with a connection in Frankfurt) can still get you to Johannesburg in as little as 13 to 16 hours, for example.
As illustrated, the trick is not just to find the cheapest business class fares to South Africa, but to combine those with short journey times. After all, no one wants to lose a day of their holiday sitting in an airport connection lounge!
Fitting all this together can be daunting, so booking the best business class flights to South Africa via a team who works hard to match your needs and preferences is always going to be the ideal solution. Remove the stress and contact us for an amazing business class experience today on 020 8417 1366 or enquire above or below.