South Africa deal alert: Fly to Cape Town for less than $700 round trip

May 18, 2022

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Cape Town is truly one of the world’s most magnificent cities. From mountains, oceans and beaches to vineyards and wildlife areas, the city is truly a must-stop in South Africa. Plus, it’s filled with a mix of cosmopolitan hotels, dining spots and only-here cultural icons.

Now Washington, D.C., residents can visit for less than $700 on Delta Air Lines for select dates in the fall. These fares are for economy seats and include all taxes, plus a checked bag.

Because these flights are in the fall shoulder season – September through November – visitors can expect spring weather in the Southern Hemisphere. This includes blooming flowers in spots around Cape Town, such as the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The gardens sit on the outskirts of the city near the Constantia wine area, making for a perfect afternoon excursion.

Related: 5 reasons to visit Cape Town all year long

Thanks to The Flight Deal for bringing this long-haul deal to our attention.

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Deal basics

Airline: Delta.

Routes: Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

How to book: Directly through the airline.

Travel dates: Starting September 2022 through November 2022. Use the flexible date finder to pinpoint dates for the best fares.

Book by: We think these fares will last a day or two.

Sample flights

There are several dates that work for this deal in October and November, plus a few more just a few dollars more.

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(Screenshot from Delta)

We were also able to find a few dates in September. Note that all flights for this route have layovers in Europe. In regard to the routes we found, the layovers were mostly in Amsterdam and Paris, and lasted three hours or less.

screenshot of Delta website
(Screenshot from Delta)

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Bottom line

A chance to visit Cape Town for less than current prices to Europe (or even to the West Coast in many instances) is reason enough to jump on this deal. However, the lovely weather in the fall months and a chance to experience this South African gem make this deal even better.

Featured photo courtesy of Getty Images. 

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