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Victoria Falls from Johannesburg-budget flight/airline??

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Victoria Falls from Johannesburg-budget flight/airline??

Hello,

Can anyone recommend an airline that flies to/from the Victoria Falls area from Johannesburg that might offer relatively low fares? Also, what kind of round trip rates are typical for March?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Victoria Falls from Johannesburg-budget flight/airline??

You're looking at min $350 for the flight to either Livingstone in Zambia or VFA in Zimbabwe

if you can or have miles that is usually the best

Here's a graph from BA (you can transfer AA miles) for AVios

This is a direct flight.

Avios required Money Additional charges

4500

£ 0.00

£ 94.88 taxes, fees and carrier charges

or

£ 15.00 Reward Flight Saver

4050

£ 5.00

£ 94.88 taxes, fees and carrier charges

or

£ 15.00 Reward Flight Saver

3600

£ 10.00

£ 94.88 taxes, fees and carrier charges

or

£ 15.00 Reward Flight Saver

3150

£ 15.00

£ 94.88 taxes, fees and carrier charges

or

£ 15.00 Reward Flight Saver

2700

£ 20.00

£ 94.88 taxes, fees and carrier charges

or

£ 15.00 Reward Flight Saver

2250

£ 25.00

£ 94.88 taxes, fees and carrier charges

or

£ 15.00 Reward Flight Saver

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2. Re: Victoria Falls from Johannesburg-budget flight/airline??

There are three airlines, to the best of my knowledge, which fly between Johannesburg, and Victoria falls.(Others may know more)

South Afican Airways

British Air

Zimbabwe air, who recently resumed operations.

SAA and BA fly daily between Jnb and VFA.

Air Zimbabwe flies four times per week, but, it appears that it is not a direct flight. One would need to fly from JNB to Harare, and connect another flight between Harare and Vic falls.

I would not describe any of these carriers, as "Budget"

However, keep checking the relevant websites. There are often very good packages offered, covering both air fare and accommodation.

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3. Re: Victoria Falls from Johannesburg-budget flight/airline??

We (two adults & one child) have just booked for Victoria Falls in March 2013. Cost flying with British Airways & staying three nights at Elephant Hills is just over R23000. We are flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg &, then Johannesburg to Livingstone in Zambia. SAA was pretty much the same sort of price.

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4. Re: Victoria Falls from Johannesburg-budget flight/airline??

JenniHx5, don't forget your yellow fever vaccinations if you are going into Zambia. You'll need it even if you are only transiting!

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5. Re: Victoria Falls from Johannesburg-budget flight/airline??

Airfare to and from Victoria Falls is never budget priced. Demand for seats comes from travelers who only visit the Falls and then return - and from travelers who would be continuing on to a safari in Botswana, or returning from one. Like every flight everywhere, lowest fares go to those who purchase well in advance of their trip. I checked some March roundtrip fares to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and the lowest would be $512 at today's rate of exchange. more common were flights at $590 roundtrip. Roundtrip fares to Livingstone, Zambia, were much lower - $375 to low $400's.

One more point - because the flights to either Victoria Falls or Livingstone leave Johannesburg between 1040AM and 1130AM - you need either to stay the night before at or around the Johannesburg airport - or fly up early that morning from Cape Town, if that's where you are at the time.

Dave Patterson - Owner - The Africa Safari

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6. Re: Victoria Falls from Johannesburg-budget flight/airline??

Yes thanks Gavin! We are aware that we need yellow fever vaccinations & take stuff for malaria. That is what we are doing, early flight (7:30) from Cape Town to Johannesburg to catch the connecting flight to Livingstone.