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Flight Information & Entry Requirements


We have very specific arrival and departure times for your program. Please carefully read below and call us with any questions.

Fly into and out of Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport (airport code: JNB):

  • You can arrive anytime before 11:00 AM on the first day

  • You can depart on the last day of the trip anytime after 7:00 PM (NOTE: If you are doing any of the extensions, please consult the exact departure times below)

  • We will be taking a domestic flight back to Johannesburg Int’l Airport on the last day of the trip

  • If you aren’t sure your flights meet the criteria above, please contact Discover Corps

*Note: Many travelers arrive the day prior to the start date in Johannesburg (to acclimatize, etc.). If you choose to arrive early, we can organize a meeting time/point on the first day of the trip in the Johannesburg Airport.

*There is an internal domestic flight in South Africa between Nelspruit (NLP) - Johannesburg (JNB). This is booked by Discover Corps (please send a copy of your passport to Discover Corps ASAP to facilitate this process). Please be aware that there is typically a 1 bag / 20kg (44 lb) weight limit. Any extra luggage may incur fees. Please pack lightly if you can.

For those doing the Cape Town Extension:

  • Fly into Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport on the first day of the South Africa: Wildlife Conservation Expedition trip before 11:00 am

  • Fly out of Cape Town International Airport (CPT) anytime on the last day of the extension (note that the trip ends after breakfast on the last day of the extension)

Please note: Discover Corps will book your domestic flight from Johannesburg (JNB) to Cape Town (CPT) which will depart for Cape Town after 4:30 pm or 7:00 pm depending on the return flight from Nelspruit.

**For the domestic flight on the extension, checked baggage is limited to 20 kg per person, and no single item may weigh more than 32 kg. Infants have a 10 kg baggage allowance but have no seat allocation. Pets and bicycles are NOT included in the checked baggage allowance of 20 kg per paying Guest. Excess baggage charges will be raised irrespective of the weight of any other checked baggage. Carry-on baggage may not exceed 7 kg and 115 cm (56 cm + 36 cm + 23 cm) in size.

For those doing the Victoria Falls Extension:

  • Fly into Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport on the first day of the South Africa: Wildlife Conservation Expedition trip before 11:00 am

    • On the final day of the core trip, you will fly back to Johannesburg to stay the night near the airport. The next morning will be the first day of your extension. Discover Corps will arrange these details.

  • Fly out of Victoria Falls international airport anytime on the last day of the extension (note that the trip ends after breakfast on the last day of the extension)

Book Your Flights

Discover Corps's dedicated flight partner for all of our trips is the team at StudentUniverse (yes, they do flights for more than just students!). Their team know all of the flight windows and details for each of the destinations that we work in. Please always make sure that your trip is guaranteed to run before booking any airfare!

To get a quote from StudentUniverse, please see the details below:

  • Get a Quote by Phone: Call 1-877-898-1244. Agents are available between 9-8 EST M-F.

  • Get a Quote by Email: Email Flights@discovercorps.com with the flight details and a member of the StudentUniverse team will respond shortly with your options

  • Get a quote via our Dedicated Website: Please visit the Discover Corps flight search engine to search for flights online.

  • *Please note that there is a $30 fee per person to book over the phone or via email. Booking via the dedicated website is $7 per person.

Country COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Until further notice, it's Discover Corps' Policy that travelers take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Negative test results must be sent to Discover Corps once generated. Please check the Department of State's site for the most up to date guidelines. When applicable, local policy or Airline Policies supersede what is in place for Discover Corps.

  • Any travelers to South Africa will need to present a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure, or will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost if they have not done a COVID-19 test.

  • All travelers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted.

  • All travelers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

Exit Requirements

Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC is implementing that all travelers returning to the U.S., have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departing. Discover Corps will arrange for the testing to take place within the required timeframe, the traveler is responsible for the testing fee. Please reference Discover Corps' Risk Management Manual for a comprehensive overview of safety & health guidelines here.