Folu's Travel Diaries: Ndani Tv's The New Africa, Episode 2: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Travelling to South Africa was an exciting prospect for me, it was an adventure to a part of the continent that elicited varied responses from Africans and foreigners alike: from exclamations of it's beauty, to warnings of it's dangers, and lamentations of racial tensions still evident today.
The first questions I had though were a little more simple: "how much does it cost to fly there and what do I need to do to get in?"
WAYS TO GET THERE:In case you were wondering for the most part we did not use a travel agency for these trips (when we did Avienti Travel and Jekan Travels were my preferred agencies at the time, but you should also check out curated trips by Videnda and Tripzapp ) so it was quite important to triple check all the requirements, and travelling on a Nigerian passport there were a lot. You can fly direct to South Africa on South African Airways (my preferred airline) or Arik Air ( I do not recommend this at all as they have a horrible habit of cancelling while you are at the airport or a few days to the flight); However if you would like more of a bargain, take the scenic route and fly Kenya Airways ( takes you there via Nairobi) or Ethiopian Airways(great planes and an overnight stay in Addis Ababa, and you don't need to worry about a transit visa or hotel because Ethiopian Airways includes this in the cost of your ticket).
VISA & VACCINATIONS FOR SA: You absolutely need to apply for a visa to fly to SA on a Nigerian passport, and to do this you will need to have booked your flight and accomodation prior to your visa application (check out the VFS site for more details on this and DO EVERYTHING THEY ASK or your visa really could be rejected which is an absolute nuisance) you will also need to be vaccianted for yellow fever and have a valid yellow fever card available ( this you can get easily at the airport for about N1,000) but get the vaccination done at least 10 days before you travel or they won't let you on the plane!
COST: These days flying from Lagos - Johannesburg direct can come with a steep price tag in the region of N283, 410 (approx. USD 671); however you can find better deals on www.cheapflights.com.ng with returns for as low as N150,000(USD 353) during the summer peak period (which for South Africa is October/November to February)
GETTING TO JOHANNESBURG: So after jumping through many hoops, weeks of planning, and panicking over possibly forgotten gear, the crew and I Jumped on a plane and found ourselves in one of the most Vibrant cities on the continent.
From Music to fashion, art to culture, Johannesburg has it all. So go find out more for yourself, and before you do, watch what happened during this trip on #TheNewAfrica!