Mthatha sees an influx of tourists during summer although it has a pleasant weather most of the year. Late March to early May is classed as the autumn season and is a great time to visit. The same applies for early spring which runs late September to early December.
May to September is a good time to find cheap flights to Mthatha when it is coolest with temperatures falling up to 4-5 degrees in the evenings.
You’ll find cheap flights to Mthatha if you can be flexible with your dates and your departure airport too. Try booking at least two months in advance although if you can book even earlier you’ll increase your chances of saving money. The winter months offer a respite from the heat although it is very dry. If you go to any national parks in search of wild game then you’ll have much more chance of seeing them during the summer.
Flights from Johannesburg to Mthatha: 1 hour 15 minutes
Flights from Cape Town to Mthatha: 4 hours 40 minutes
Flights from George to Mthatha: 6 hours 10 minutes
Flights from Port Elizabeth to Mthatha: 4 hours 05 minutes
Although there are a couple of airlines that offer cheap flights to Mthatha, South African Airways dominates the market. South African are relatively reasonable and provide a good level or service. You can also join their loyalty scheme which is very helpful if you intend on purchasing flight tickets with them frequently.
Getting to the centre from the airport isn’t necessarily difficult however there are limited options. The main way of transport is to get a taxi from the airport. You can find them outside of arrivals but make sure you agree on the fee before getting in as they can sometime overcharge. You can also pre-arrange for either a car or shuttle to collect you from the airport. You can arrange this after you have booked your flights to Mthatha. You can also see if you can find any accommodation that provide transfers in with the price as this will save you having to find your own way. Lastly you can rent a car from the airport. This can be useful if you plan on travelling around the area as transport can be difficult to find other than with a taxi.