There's a famous saying that goes "What goes up, must come down",
and while South African's temperatures are definitely coming down, we invite you to go up and experience summer in the northern hemisphere. Hike through century old French and Italian vineyards, or settle down in a beer garden after a long day of sightseeing in Frankfurt or Munich. If you want to experience something closer to home, be sure to check out our handpicked events below.

Until next time, keep exploring...

Go Bafana Domestic Special Fares.

Selling period : 14 May 2010 - 04 Jun 2010
Application: Round Trip Journeys valid on -SA- flights only (including S A1000-SA1999), subject to 'G' class seats being available.
Travel Period: On/before 31Jul 10
Minimum Stay: None
Maximum Stay: Within travel period
Ticketing: Tickets must be purchased within 24 hours after reservation of flights
Rebooking: Changes to bookings are subject to a fee of R342.00, subject to the applicable booking class being available.If the applicable booking class is not available : A fee of R 342.00 must be paid plus the applicable upgrade fee per sector. Upgrade permitted to next higher applicable fare.
Standbys: Not permitted
Children(2-11yrs)/Infant (under 2 years) Discounts: Children : No Discount Permitted
Infants (under 2 years): 10% of the adults fare
Rerouting: Not Permitted
Cancellations/No Shows: Cancellations/No Shows: At any time non-refundable.
South African Airways can at any time change/discontinue these special fares and
conditions without prior notice.
Destination Spotlight of the Month - Germany

Situated in the heart of Europe and bordering nine other countries, Germany provides an ideal gateway to any tour of the subcontinent. Its land is wide and varied with turreted castles nestled below snow-capped mountains, lush river valleys, dark and mysterious forests and bustling medieval villages. This is the land of fairy tales, where farmland minstrels headed to Bremen to become musicians, where Sleeping Beauty was woken and Little Red Riding Hood ventured into the woods.

Germany's cities each have something unique to offer the visitor. Each year millions of litres of beer are consumed in Munich during the city's Oktoberfest, where locals and visitors discover true German revelry and 'gemutlichkeit' (a word the locals use to describe a comfortable, sociable environment). Berlin, while still recovering from some of the scars of division, contains many sights from the iconic Brandenburg Gate, to the path of the old Berlin Wall. The city's vibrant nightlife is still evocative of its height in the 1920s and 30s, as characterised by the songs of Marlene Dietrich, the theatre of Brecht and the Film Cabaret.

Discover the country that gave us Beethoven and Bauhaus, Goethe and Gluhwein, Lager and Lederhosen - you won't be disappointed.

Did you know
SAA offers a daily direct flight from Johannesburg to Frankfurt.
Flights depart at 19h25 and arrive the next day at 06h10.
SAA operates the Airbus A340-600 on the route, with individual, on-demand entertainment systems, a pillow, blanket and amenity kit in every seat.
SAA offers a daily direct flight from Johannesburg to Munich.
Flights depart at 20h40 and arrive the next day at 07h20.
SAA has added extra capacity during the football event period on its daily overnight nonstop flights to Munich.
From Munich airport, Italy can be reached within a couple of hours by car or with one of the many connecting flights.
Munich airport is Europe's gateway with various connections to the Central and Eastern European EU member states.
Click here for more info on Germany

Flight Specials

Johannesburg to Sao Paulo
from R7555*
Johannesburg to Buenos Aires
from R6917*
Johannesburg to Mauritius
from R4875*
Johannesburg to Frankfurt
from R5331*
*Above fares are on a return basis, inclusive of all taxes and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
Terms and conditions apply. For fares from other cities please visit
... and navigate to 'Plan Your Trip' >> Specials.
General News
SAA promotes greener skies with organic wine on flights
South African Airways (SAA) is for the very first time offering an organically produced wine on board its flights for First and Business Class customers.

The Waverley Hills Sauvignon/Merlot 2007 is a local wine produced using only natural ingredients and was selected by SAA to be offered on board its flights in March and April 2010.

The wine was selected amongst many hopeful entrants during SAA's rigorous wine selection process for 2010.

Serving this organic wine to SAA customers is another step forward for the airline in promoting a reduced carbon footprint and greener flying.

Being organic, the wine is free of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides and natural predators are introduced into the vineyards to combat friendly insects and pests.

All vineyards are irrigated with pure mountain spring water and are located on a natural watershed areas where both the Breede and Berg rivers originate. This area is renowned for its diverse fynbos (indigenous flora), giving the wines a unique herbaceous characteristic.

The wine is certified as organic by SGS (Societe Generale de Surveillance), the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Waverley Hills is also BRC and HACCP certified to guarantee excellent quality wines.

Waverley Hills made the leap into the organic wine market in 2000 with 30 hectares of vineyards and olive groves planted since.

SAA offers approximately 70 South African only wines on board its flights throughout the year. The airline has for more than 20 years promoted the local wine industry through its annual selection process.

More than 1000 wines are entered into the annual wine selection each year and some of the best selected to fly on board SAA flights through the year.

Issued by SAA Group Corporate Affairs.

May 2010 Events

The migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya is arguably the most impressive natural event on land. Along the herbivore's journey in search of fresh grazing they are pursued by predators on land and in the water. The event has been immortalised in numerous wildlife documentaries and remains an unforgettable spectacle.
Venue: The Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Date: April/May annually
Come and enjoy Cape Town 's top musical talent in
the warmth of the beautiful Silvertree Restaurant at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Tickets include a welcome drink and soup, and patrons are also welcome to have a main course or dessert and coffee during or after the concert. The annual event continues from the summer sunset concerts (November to April), ensuring visitors a treat in classical and contemporary music all year round. Call 021 799 8783 for more Kirstenbosch event information.
Venue: Silvertree Restaurant,
Kirstenbosch Gardens
Date and time: May to October, annually at 6 pm.

The world's greatest ultra-marathon, the Comrades is a gruelling test over 89km (56 miles) between Durban and Pietermaritzburg every year. The race alternates between the uphill run from Durban and the downhill from Pietermaritzburg, and is a real test of physical endurance. The winners usually take about five and a half hours to complete the course. In a break with tradition, it has been decided that 2010 will be another "down run", meaning that the race will start in Pietermaritzburg and finish in Durban for the second year.
Date: Sunday, 30 May 2010
Start: 05h30 at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg
Finish: 17h30 at Sahara Stadium,
Kingsmead in Durban
Distance: 89km – 56 miles
The annual Grahamstown National Arts Festival is one of the most important cultural events on the South African calendar and is Africa's biggest annual celebration of the arts, attracting over 50,000 people. A diversity of art forms is represented in over 500 shows from street theatre, dance and comedy to opera, drama, craft fairs and workshops.
Venue: Various throughout Grahamstown
Date: 20 June to 4 July 2010

Functionality (Did You Know?)

Travel Guard Chartis Insurance
Get Travel Guard insurance for complete piece of mind while traveling. This unique insurance product covers you for comprehensive medical insurance and your baggage.

The product is customized specifically for South African Airways passengers. Next time you purchase a ticket online be sure to select this insurance after the purchase of your air ticket.
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