Johannesburg, known locally as 'Jo’burg', is the gateway city to Africa from Australia. As the country’s flagship carrier, South African Airways has an extensive network both domestically and internationally.
There is no shortage of services from Australia to South Africa. Here is a selection of some of our most popular routes, the airlines that offer them, and some great stopovers that may be available to you via Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
South African Airways
- Perth to Johannesburg direct with domestic connections offered by Virgin Australia
- Stopovers also available in Mauritius when code sharing with Air Mauritius
- Sydney to Johannesburg direct with domestic connections offered
- Johannesburg offered as a stopover on most Qantas fares to London
- Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Adelaide via Singapore to Johannesburg
- Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth via Dubai to Johannesburg
- Stopovers available in Singapore, Bangkok, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo and the Maldives
- Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne/Perth via Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg
- Stopovers available in Seychelles and Dubai
- Cairns/Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney/Adelaide/Perth via Hong Kong to Johannesburg
- Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth via Doha to Johannesburg
♦♦ Historically, Flight Centre’s preferred airlines servicing this route directly rarely fall into this price bracket. Airlines and certain combinations of fares with longer and/or numerous connections can achieve this price point more frequently.
♦♦ This is a fantastic price.
♦♦ This is a slightly below-average price. If you have the cheapest booking classes, there may not be a heavily discounted sale in place or travel could be during a shoulder season.
♦♦ This is an average price. The flights could be heavily booked or travel is during a period of high demand. If there are no sale fares available and the price is deemed high, consider adding in a stopover to reduce the fare.
♦♦ This is an above-average price. The flights are becoming very heavily booked and travel is during a high-demand period. A detailed explanation of pricing should be offered. A stopover in the Middle East or Asia will reduce the airfare in price and could assist with jet lag.
♦♦ This price is to be expected during peak seasons, as per the pricing graph. During some of these periods it is worth investigating if a round-the-world fare or Europe fare would be better. These can often be very comparable in price and also provide additional stopovers elsewhere in the world.
More Johannesburg holiday inspiration
Summer - December To February
The long summer season is characterised by warm, sunny days and balmy nights. Unexpected showers or thunderstorms are common during summer afternoons but pass over quickly to revert back to warm weather with daily temps of up to 28 degrees Celsius.
From bar crawls along Melville’s lively Seventh Street and hip, artsy markets in Braamfontein, to picnics in Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, you’ll be spoiled for choice in summer!
Autumn - March To May
The summer months can sometimes blur the start of autumn due to the residual pleasant sunny weather. Autumn is considered one of the best times to visit Johannesburg due to the mild climate and is optimal for sightseeing with fewer crowds.
Autumn is the perfect time to hit the road on two wheels. Head off on a cycling tour to the nearby township of Soweto, a must-see for those seeking an understanding of the struggles for freedom. Don’t forget to visit Nelson Mandela’s childhood home.
Winter - June To August
Winter in Jo’burg remains mild, dry and warm with clear skies; temperatures can still reach up to a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius during the day. Nights can be chilly to even freezing due to the altitude, so ensure you pack some warm clothing.
With fewer events and festivals on during these cooler months, spend extra time exploring the city’s museums. Delve into the history of depression at the Apartheid Museum and pick up a contemporary African artwork or two at the Wits Art Museum.
Spring - September To November
Spring is another ideal time to visit Johannesburg with warm weather, blue skies and just the occasional unexpected downpour. It’s also when the plains are carpeted with wildflowers in a stunning array of colours making it a popular time for travellers.
And the best way to see it all is from the sky on a hot-air balloon safari. Soar high above the city and enjoy the views over the Cradle of Humankind or drift above the Magaliesberg Range, the second oldest mountain range in the world.