South Africa: A Tremendous Bargain For American Travelers

With extremely favorable exchange rate for the U.S. dollar, the vacation of a lifetime has never been more affordable!

Aug 25, 2015, 08:45 ET from South African Airways

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- South Africa's currency has reached its lowest level since 2001, at over 13 rands to the U.S. dollar in recent weeks. This is great news for American travelers, who will be able to take advantage of a very favorable exchange rate on a vacation of a lifetime to South Africa.  Now more than ever, South Africa offers tremendous value for money and has become one of the greatest vacation values for international travel.

As the predominant airline from the U.S. to South Africa, South African Airways (SAA) has developed the "Go See Southern Africa" campaign, to emphasize the great experiences and the great value that abounds for travel to South Africa. Participating tour operators are offering very affordable packages and unique value-added programs to the destination, starting at $2,799 per person* (restrictions apply) for 14 days, flights and taxes included. SAA currently has great low fares from Washington Dulles to Johannesburg starting at $839* (restrictions apply), as well as from New York JFK starting at $879* (restrictions apply).

What can travelers look forward to doing will all those extra rands? South Africa offers no shortage of refined and luxurious vacation options, including hotel and safari lodge accommodations, restaurants offering local and international cuisine, access to the Big Five wildlife and spectacular breath-taking scenery. The country's wine regions are noted and respected around the world for producing award-winning vintages.

"South Africa is the ultimate combination of nature, wildlife, culture, adventure, food and wine," said Marc Cavaliere, Executive Vice President Americas for South African Airways. "With our special fares and the current exchange rate, travelers can afford luxury or go on a budget but either way, they will still have money left for shopping and dining!"

To save American tourists money on their South African vacation, many tour operators are implemented special promotions and air-inclusive packages. One example is South African Airways Vacations, which is currently offering free car rental on its "Garden Route Splendor" self-drive package, bringing the price down to $3,399** per person (restrictions apply). After exploring stunning Cape Town and the wine region at your own pace, start driving along the False Bay coast, before ending your trip with a safari and a two-night stay at the Kichaka Game Lodge. The air-inclusive package includes 11 nights in renowned Five Star boutique hotels, as well as six lunches and six dinners.

There has never been a more affordable time to see so much of South Africa. For reservations and information, customers should visit or contact South African Airways' North America Reservations Center at 1-(800) 722-9675, or their professional travel consultant.

About South African Airways
South African Airways (SAA), South Africa's national flag carrier and the continent's most awarded airline, serves 67 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has codes share agreements with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, which offer convenient connections from more than 30 cities to SAA's flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 13 consecutive years.

*Terms and conditions
Fares are valid for roundtrip travel and include all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. For $839* (IAD) fare, travel is permitted 11/1/15 - 11/30/15 & 2/1/16 - 2/29/16. For $879* (JFK) fare, travel is permitted 10/26/1512/9/15 & 1/10/16 - 3/31/16. Minimum stay: must stay over one Sunday for fares to apply. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights. Fares must be purchased by 8/31/15. Cancellations before/after departure: fares and fuel surcharge (YR/YQ/Q) are non-refundable. Date change fee: $300 + any applicable fare difference. Administrative fees may also apply. Baggage and optional service fees may apply. Reservations made 7 days or more prior to scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. 

** Terms and conditions
Offer based per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York John F Kennedy (JFK) valid between August 11 - September 30, 2015 and April 01 - May 31, 2016 and also August 11 - September 30, 2016.

Price is per person based on double occupancy. Valid as of August 20, 2015 for departures from New York (JFK) between August 20 - September 30, 2015 and April 01 - May 31, 2016 and also August 20 - September 30, 2016 with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Other departure points and domestic flights within the U.S. can be booked. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply. Free Car Rental excludes contract fee, fuel and one way drop off fee.

Camille Imbert
South African Airways
Telephone: +1-954-769-5120  

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