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Gauteng Tourism - logoIn a move that promises to rewrite the travel itineraries of adventurers and culture enthusiasts alike, the skies between Australia and Africa are now linked by a direct flight route, heralding a new era of exploration and mutual discovery. The launch of the non-stop service from Perth to Johannesburg marks a significant milestone in aviation. It opens the door to a treasure trove of African experiences eagerly awaited by Australian travellers.

Set to commence on 28 April 2024, the thrice-weekly flights are a testament to the growing demand for direct and efficient connections between the continents. This eagerly anticipated service, taking off from Johannesburg, has already seen a significant uptake, particularly in economy class, signalling a robust appetite for the adventures ahead.

Gauteng, the economic powerhouse of South Africa and a gateway to the continent, is rolling out the red carpet for passengers aboard the inaugural South African Airways (SAA) flight. A traditional wet welcome awaits at O.R. Tambo International Airport, setting the tone for the warm hospitality and rich experiences that define the region.

“We are thrilled to bridge continents with this direct route, revitalizing leisure and business travel and fostering deeper cultural and economic exchanges between South Africa and Australia,” Ms Sthembiso Dlamini, CEO of Gauteng Tourism Authority, enthused. This initiative follows the successful reintroduction of the Sao Paulo, Brazil route, further expanding South African Airways’ global reach and offering alternative travel options to South American destinations.

The Johannesburg-Perth route is more than just a flight; it’s a conduit for cultural, adventure, and gastronomic exchanges. Australian travellers now have unparalleled access to vibrant urban life, breathtaking natural landscapes, and the unique #GPLifestyle of Gauteng. The region invites explorers to immerse themselves in the origins of humanity at the Cradle of Humankind, experience the rich history of Soweto, and indulge in the local cuisine and spirited vibe.

For those seeking thrills, Gauteng does not disappoint. From bungee jumping and kayaking to mountain climbing and many water sports, the region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Nature lovers are equally catered to, with stunning parks, wildlife experiences, and the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden showcasing the area’s natural beauty.

The direct flights, bridging Perth and Johannesburg in just 10 hours, not only make this vibrant world more accessible but also offer a unique opportunity to tick off bucket-list items and immerse in the sounds of the bushveld under clear skies.

The excitement is palpable as the inaugural flight prepares to take off, marking a historic moment in travel between Australia and Africa. This route is not just a flight path but a journey of discovery, connecting diverse cultures and offering a gateway to the myriad adventures that await.

With the promise of adventure, cultural enrichment, and the exploration of some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, the Perth-Johannesburg direct flight stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of exploration that connects humanity across continents.




Written by: Bridget Gomez