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CityCodeAirport Name
Bloemfontein BFN     Bloemfontein International Airport
Cape Town CPT Cape Town International Airport
Durban DUR Durban International Airport
East London ELS East London Airport
George GRJ George Airport
Hoedspruit HDS Hoedspruit Airport
Johannesburg JNB O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport
Kimberley KIM Kimberley Airport
Kruger MQP See Nelspruit
Lanseria HLA Lanseria Airport
Margate MGH Margate Airport
Mmabatho MBD Mafikeng International
Mthatha UTT Mthatha Airport
Nelspruit MQP Kruger Mpumalanga International
Phalaborwa PHW Phalaborwa Airport
Pietermaritzburg PZB Oribi Airport
Pietersburg PTG Gateway International Airport
Port Elizabeth PLZ Port Elizabeth Int'l Airport
Richards Bay RCB Richard's Bay Airport
Sun City NTY Pilanesberg Int'l Airport
Umtata UTT See Mthatha
Upington UTN Upington Airport

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The primary airports in South Africa for international flights are Johannesburg (JNB) and Cape Town (CPT) in that order. There are many airports in South Africa. However, not all South Africa airports have regularly scheduled flights. We do not list the smallest South Africa airports, since there is no way to provide you flights from those airports. AirGorilla offers flights, hotels, and rental car reservations for South Africa.

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of the African continent. It borders the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland. Lesotho is an independent enclave entirely surrounded by South African territory.

South Africa has a great variety of climate zones, from the extreme desert of the southern Namib in the farthest northwest to the lush subtropical climate in the east along the border with Mozambique and the Indian ocean. From the east, the land quickly rises over a mountainous escarpment towards the interior plateau known as the Highveld. Even though South Africa is classified as semi-arid, there is considerable variation in climate as well as topography.

The interior of South Africa is a giant, rather flat, and sparsely populated scrubland Karoo, which is drier towards the northwest along the Namib desert. In contrast, the eastern coastline is lush and well-watered, which produces a climate similar to the tropics. The extreme southwest has a climate remarkably similar to that of the Mediterranean with wet winters and hot, dry summers, hosting the famous Fynbos Biome. This area also produces much of South Africa's wine. This region is also particularly known for its wind, which blows intermittently almost all year. The severity of this wind made passing around the Cape of Good Hope particularly treacherous for sailors, causing many shipwrecks. Further east on the country's south coast, rainfall is distributed more evenly throughout the year, producing a green landscape. This area is popularly known as the Garden Route.

South Africa has experienced a significantly different evolution from other nations in Africa as a result of two facts. Firstly, immigration from Europe reached levels not experienced in other African communities. Secondly, the strategic importance of the Cape Sea Route, as emphasised by the closure of the Suez Canal during the Six Day War, and mineral wealth made the country extremely important to Western interests, particularly during the Cold War. As a result of immigration, South Africa is a very racially diverse nation. It has the largest population of people of Coloured (i.e. mixed racial background), whites, and Indian communities in Africa. Black South Africans account for slightly less than 80% of the population.

Racial strife between the white minority and the black majority has played a large part in the country's history and politics, culminating in apartheid, which was instituted in 1948 by the National Party (although segregation existed prior to that date). The laws that defined apartheid began to be repealed or abolished by the National Party in 1990 after a long and sometimes violent struggle (including economic sanctions from the international community) by the Black majority as well as many White, Coloured, and Indian South Africans.

Two philosophies originated in South Africa: ubuntu (the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity); and Gandhi's notion of "passive resistance" (Satyagraha), developed while he lived in South Africa.

The country is one of the few in Africa never to have had a coup d'etat, and regular elections have been held for almost a century; however, the vast majority of black South Africans were not enfranchised until 1994. The economy of South Africa is the largest and best developed on the continent, with modern infrastructure common throughout the country.

South Africa is often referred to as "The Rainbow Nation", a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and later adopted by then-President Nelson Mandela as a metaphor to describe the country's newly-developing multicultural diversity in the wake of segregationist apartheid ideology. South Africa is a nation of people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and beliefs. The 2005 Statistics South Africa census provided five racial categories by which people could classify themselves, the last of which, "unspecified/other" drew negligible responses, and these results were omitted. Results for the other categories were Black African at 75.4%, White at 14.3%, Coloured at 8.8%, and Indian or Asian at 2.5%. (airports)

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