Black Friday 2020 | Here are some of the best travel deals, including flights for under R300
- Flights, accommodation, and holiday packages are all on offer at discounted rates this year.
- FlySafair’s “Black Fareday” promotion means you can fly between Joburg and Durban for less than R300
- SafariNow has half price discounts on lodges in the Kruger National Park
- Booking.com focuses its attention on Cape Town, with stays at 35 hotels, lodges and villas discounted by up to 55%
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If you’re looking for an escape, which, after a year that’s been characterised by cabin fever, is more than likely, Black Friday 2020 is the perfect opportunity to score big on holiday packages. While you can pick up good international travel deals, uncertainty surrounding global restrictions and tight purse strings are forcing many South Africans to look a bit closer to home.
This Black Friday, local airlines and travel groups offer discounts to stimulate local tourism around Southern Africa.
FlySafair discounts already-low fares by up to 30%
FlySafair, South Africa’s low-cost carrier, has dropped its prices even further on Friday 27 November, giving travellers an opportunity to travel to and from local destinations at unbeatable prices. For 24-hours only, FlySafair is running a Black Fareday promotion which includes return flights from South Africa’s seven major airports.
The annual festive season rush, which sees inlanders heading to the coast in Cape Town and Durban, has been made even more affordable. Return flights from Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo) to Cape Town International range from R422 in the first week of December to just over R1,000 from the middle of the month to the Christmas period.
Flights from Johannesburg to Durban are far cheaper. On Wednesday 2 December, you can book a return ticket for just R271, which is the lowest fare on offer and likely to be sold out soon. Fares in the middle of the month, between 14 and 21 December, range from R422 to R622.
With school holidays extending until 27 January 2021, FlySafair’s Black Friday discounts offer an inexpensive family getaway in the new year, with prices generally lower than fares in December.
SafariNow offers up to 65% of selected accommodation listings
While getting to and from your destination is the first step, finding wallet friendly accommodation is key to holidaying on a budget. Local travel agency, SafariNow, has returned with its Black Friday promotion, offering discounts of up to 65% on guesthouses, villas, chalets and more.
If you’re looking for a true South African experience, the price of a stay at the luxurious Karongwe River Lodge, near the Kruger National Park, has been cut in half, now priced at R6,200 per night. A night’s stay at Lindi Lodge, in the Mjejane Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, is also on offer at half price for R3,400.
Vacationing by the coast has also been discounted. A night at the Whale View mansion in Hermanus, which sleeps up to ten people, has been discounted by 50% and now costs R2,750. The popular San Lameer Villa, located just south of Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, is also offering a 40% discount, making one night just R780.
CapeNature’s 40% discount on reserve accommodation and camping facilities
Just a few short hours to CapeNature's fantastic Black Friday 40% discount off selected reserve accommodation and camping facilities. T's and C's apply.Go to https://t.co/Y42z5YV0CV for more info.????#CapeNature#BlackFriday#BlackFriday2020#CyberMonday pic.twitter.com/Cfatutt3YV— CapeNature (@CapeNature1) November 26, 2020
CapeNature, which operates wilderness areas and reserves in the Western Cape, has returned with Black Friday 2020 with its successful 40% discounts. The online only offering includes access to and accommodation in the Grootvadersbosch, Rocherpan, Marloth, De Mond, Gamkaberg, Goukamma, Gamkaskloof and Kliphuis.
Discounts, which run from Friday 27 November until Monday 30 November, apply to bookings from 28 January 2021 to 31 March 2021. CapeNature’s Black Friday offering excludes school holidays and long weekends
Booking.com lists 35 Black Friday deals in Cape Town
Booking.com is offering discounts of up to 55% on selected South African stays, with 35 options in Cape Town alone. A night at the President Hotel in Sea Point, which usually costs R2,605, is now going for just R1,172 for two adults.
A night at the popular Ocean View House in Camps Bay is also on offer at a 42% discount, now costing R2,285 for two adults.
If you’re looking for luxury, a night at the Nettleton Boutique Hotel and Luxury Residence Opens in new window has been dropped to R16,016, representing a discount of 30%.
Looking ahead with Flight Centre’s international Black Friday specials
#BlackFriday2020 is here! Save up to 50% on international beach holidays, up to 45% on local getaways & get all the best airfares. Book online, visit us in-store or call a travel expert. Our stores are open & our experts are ready to assist! Ends 30 Nov. https://t.co/NSvqiuDKWu pic.twitter.com/RbQV7YjQIz— FlightCentreRSA (@FlightCentreRSA) November 27, 2020
Flight Centre South Africa is offering discounts on international flights and holiday packages. Considering the current global travel restrictions, these deals would usually come with an element of risk. Flight Centre has, however, offered all deals with an exclusive moneyback guarantee. Additionally, these offers allow for bookings within the first half of 2021.
The travel agency’s Zanzibar offering is a travel deal to take note of, with a return flight from Johannesburg going for under R10,000 and a travel package, including 4 nights’ accommodation including breakfast at the 4-star Uroa Bay Beach Resort costing R2,190 per person.
A five nights in Mauritius, at the 4-star Beachcomber Mauricia, which includes breakfasts, dinner and return flights, is discounted by 20% and now costs R16,790 per person. It’s important to note that although Mauritius remains closed to international visitors in December, stays dates for this special extend begin in June 2021.
Flight Centre is also offering flights to Dubai, from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban at R8,900 as part of its Black Friday promotion.
Discounts on intercity bus travel and car hire
Passenger transport discounts extend beyond flights, with South African coach services and car rental agencies joining the Black Friday frenzy.
Citiliner and Greyhound busses are offering R50 off all bookings above R300. This offer is applicable to tickets booked through Pick n Pay, Shoprite or Checkers.
BLACK FRIDAY DEAL #3. Book your Greyhound or Citiliner bus tickets at @Shoprite_SA or @CheckersSA this #BlackFriday (27 Nov 2020) to get R50 off when spending R300 or more. Note: this deal is valid only for travel from 27 November 2020 - 1 December 2020 pic.twitter.com/Vcof2mqSQ6— Greyhound (@GreyhoundRSA) November 26, 2020
Europcar is offering Black Friday discounts on Western Cape vehicle rentals. Drive club members can get up to 50% in savings while regular customers are afforded 30% discounts. This offer is valid from Friday 27 to Monday 30 November and travel must be completed before 15 December 2020.
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