Theoretically there isn’t an off season so you can find flights to Upington year-round without too much fluctuation in the prices. That said you’ll enjoy your stay a lot more if you visit from around April to September. That reflects the winter months with temperatures rising to 23 degrees. Early spring, around March, and late autumn or around October are also worth looking into when trying to find cheap flights to Upington.
During summer, Upington experiences a desert like climate so there is very little rainfall at any point of the year, and the summer can be extremely uncomfortable throughout the entire day. Night time does cool down however because of the intensity of the heat during the day you’ll find yourself wanting to stay indoors, essentially limiting the activities you could do whilst on your holiday.
Ideally you’ll want to secure your flight tickets around two or three months prior to wanting to actually depart. On average you’ll find cheap flights to Upington around September and October, with a potential saving of around R400 generally available. If you can be flexible with your travel dates, and to a degree your departure airport, then you’ll have a much better chance of finding the cheapest flights to Upington. That said; try to avoid visiting during the summer as the humidity and the heat can really take the enjoyment out of your getaway.
Flights from Johannesburg to Upington – 1 hours 30 minutes.
Flights from Cape Town to Upington – 1 hours 20 minutes.
Flights from George to Upington – 6 hours 00 minutes (1 stop).
Flights from Port Elizabeth to Upington – 4 hours 00 minutes.
South African is the major airline to provide cheap flights to Upington however there are a couple of alternatives who might catch your eye. These are Manx Airlines and Air Namibia. Generally due to the lack of competition on flights to Upington, you might struggle to find extremely cheap flights however if you plan ahead any airline usually has offers and discounts. It’s recommended to sign up to the loyalty scheme that South African offers, known as the Voyager Frequent Flyer programme, as this will allow you to gain points that you can redeem against future flight tickets.
The airport has one terminal building which combines both the arrivals and departures. Upington can easily be reached by car and there are 5 different companies at the airport where you can hire a car from. This is especially useful if you are planning to explore the Northern Cape and other parts of South Africa. If you don’t want to drive then your only other option is to get a taxi from outside the airport. Make sure you agree on the fee before getting in and be prepared to negotiate slightly to try and get a better price to the centre.