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Africa is one really good travel destination for those in search of adventure, the exotic and cultures different to the core from ours, Westerners. This continent has got beauty and joy and passion to give to any daring traveler. Now, the easiest way to get from the US to Africa is to fly so below you may find some tips on how to find cheap flights to Africa.

Search multiple websites

It is crucial that whenever you want to book a flight, search as many sources as possible. You should explore all possibilities: websites of the airlines like easyJet or Delta, travel aggregators such as Expedia or Orbitz, travel meta search engines like Kayak and Travelgrove or comparison search engines like BookingBuddy and Metafares.

By checking multiple websites you can make sure that you book the cheapest or most advantageous offer from your point of view. See the below table for some data on average and minimum found prices for some of the most popular routes from the US to Africa.

CHEAP FLIGHTS TO AFRICA

 Departure

Destination

 Avg. price

Min. price

Atlanta, GA

Cairo, Egypt

$1,323

$917

New York City, NY

Johannesburg, South Africa

$1,757

$919

Los Angeles, CA

Lagos, Nigeria

$1,801

$988

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Casablanca, Morocco

$2,393

$971

Washington, DC

Nairobi, Kenya

$1,874

$837

Durham, NC

Cape Town, South Africa

$1,960

$886

The above average and minimum prices are based on prices found by users on major travel search websites for February 2012 to July 2012 so the data are pretty fresh.

Some general flight search rules also apply here, search and book at least 3 months prior to your departure time, fly on weekdays, best is Monday to Wednesday and do not forget to check multiple websites to get the lowest price.

Fly with low cost airlines

Apart from checking multiple websites, it is always good to keep some low cost airlines in line that fly to your destination. Low cost carriers flying to Africa include South African Airways, EgyptAir, Royal Air Moroc, Ethiopian Airlines and Arik Air, but you have to keep in mind that these airlines fly almost exclusively from New York (JFK). Washington DC and Atlanta, GA. Despite the fact that they are not low cost carriers in the common meaning of the term, Delta and United Airlines also worth checking out due to their competitive prices.

Travel in low season

Africa is a huge continent with loads of adventure opportunities and the best time to travel always depends on what you want to do. The trick is that there are always lots of amazing things to see, but for a cheaper trip, you should pick less popular periods. As the continent is so large, this entirely depends on where you want to go, so you should explore the territories you are interested in individually and then look for prices in the low seasons.

Images taken from:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidberkowitz/5699832418/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/london/64508098/

 

About the guest author;The above post was written by Lidia Nyiri from Africa Wanderer, a member of Wanderer Guides Network's travel blogs that provide Africa travel guides. She also works with Travelgrove, INC., a travel search engine providing cheap flights to Africa as well as other useful travel information about the continent.