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Pack your bags for an African holiday, as Qantas flights are back!


A new year marks a new beginning. The 1stday of January always fills us with hope that the coming year will be better than the previous one.

There is good news for all of us who longed for a luxury African safari. The Qantas service from Sydney to Johannesburg has been resumed since 4 January 2022. This follows a long absence after these flights have been suspended almost two years ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Three weekly flights

Flight QF63 that departed mid-morning on Tuesday 4 January 2022 certainly sparked the interest in all travellers who have been dreaming of a wildlife safari. This flight is to be followed by two more this week on Friday and Sunday.

From next week we see a change in schedule of departing flights. Thrice-weekly return flights are scheduled for Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, all departing mid-morning. Seats on these flights are in high demand! It will take 14 hours to cross the 11 034 km over the Indian Ocean, before the arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The return flights (QF64) will depart from Johannesburg at 17:15 every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Due to the departure time and time differences with South Africa, the flight will touch down in Sydney the next day.

We take the airline’s reduced number of weekly flights into consideration when planning your African safari holiday.

South Africa is ready to welcome Australian travellers

South Africa and other African countries rely heavily on international travellers to boost their economy and tourism industry. After the mighty blow of border closures,OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is delighted to once again beopen to all Australian travellers, and ready to welcome you to the start of your African holiday.

 Australia dropped its restrictions on travel to and from South Africa in mid-December 2021, allowing these flights to resume earlier this week. 

Currently you need a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before your departure to South Africa to enter the country. An online travel health questionnaire must be completed and produced on your personal device, or as a hard copy, before arriving in South Africa.

On this side of the ocean, fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents, and eligible visa holders are accepted at Sydney International Airport. Upon your return you must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to your departure.

A bucket list flight to a bucket list destination

Many travellers have a luxury African safari holiday high up on their bucket list. It is understandable. Spotting a pride of lions in their natural habitat, taking photos of the African sunset, and enjoying the sounds of the African bush while relaxing around a campfire, come second to none.

But did you know that Qantas flight QF63/QF64 should also form part of your wildlife safari bucket list?

After the aircraft leaves Australian soil, it normally takes a wide swing down south. This is quite unique, as there aren’t many aircraft that fly this far south, and even fewer do so on a regular basis. It is this flight that often gives passengers the opportunity to spot icebergs, as the aircraft crosses into the sub-Antarctic region.

With the return of Qantas flights to Johannesburg, there is no reason to wait any longer. Cross those items off your bucket list and book your flights to Africa now. The flights are filling up fast.

Need some help with planning your dream African holiday? Destinations Africa is here to help. We are your African travel specialists, and would love to assist in putting together your itinerary. Contact us today to speak to one of our friendly travel consultants.


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