The peak season in Margate is from November to early March. Late October is whale watching season which brings in quite a few tourists so you’ll need to book your flights in advance to avoid overpaying. The Easter weekend is more expensive so keep this in mind when looking for cheap flights to Margate.
There isn’t an official off season due to pleasant weather throughout the year although you’ll generally find cheap flights to Margate from April to August.
The best time to book your flights to Margate varies depending on what you want to get out of your visit. If you don’t mind the chance of rain and slightly cooler weather then visit from May to November. Whilst the weather does take a turn for the worse compared to the rest of the year, whale watching become extremely easy and can make for an unforgettable experience. If you prefer exploring and enjoying sunny weather then try booking between November to May where you’ll be able to take part in outdoor hikes much easier, as well as any other outdoor activities or sports that might be going on. Easter often increases the prices of flights so if you intend to visit then, make sure you book well in advance. Being flexible with your travel dates will help you secure the cheapest flight tickets so if you can travel without a set block of dates in mind, you’ll be better off for it. The overall cost for flights doesn’t change too much as the year progresses however there are always cheaper months than others so visiting during the winter is a bit cheaper.
Flights from Johannesburg to Margate: 1 hour 55 minutes
Flights from Cape Town to Margate: 1 hour 40 minutes
Flights from George to Margate: 1 hour 25 minutes
Flights from Port Elizabeth to Margate: 0 hours 50 minutes
The primary airline that offers cheap flights to Margate is CemAir. Although there are a couple of others, you’ll struggle to find deals that don’t include CemAir although they are a decent airline. If you do happen to find others, you might notice that the cost of flight tickets is more however if you have a particular preference or are enrolled in a loyalty scheme it might be worth looking at fares from different airlines.
Once your flights to Margate land you’ll need to find your way to the center. There aren’t any major public transport options available so you’ll need to decide between a taxi and hiring a car. Taxis can be found from outside of the airport or you can pre-arrange for them to collect you from once you arrive. If you are planning to drive a bit or don’t want to rely on taxis for transportation then it’s suggested to hire a car for the duration of your stay. This will make seeing nearby attractions a lot easier but if you’re not a confident driver you might feel a little intimidated.