Cheap Flights to Africa

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Student flights from the USA to Africa

Africa is the world’s second-largest continent (after Asia) and packed with SO many things to see and do. It’s a wonderfully diverse continent, with 54 countries and an incredible amount of cities, history, beaches, islands, mountains, wildlife, National Parks and more. From the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt to Chefchaouen, the famous blue city of Morocco, to Victoria Falls or Table Mountain, there’s something for every traveler here.

If you want to visit cities with amazing architecture and ancient history, add Cairo, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Nairobi to your list. Or maybe you’d rather have an adventure outside of the city? There’s lots of different countries in Africa where you can plan an amazing safari—Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and South Africa are some of the best countries for a safari. For something a bit more tropical, the Seychelles or Mauritius will do. Want to get off the beaten path a bit more? Head to Madagascar or explore one of the many National Parks in each country you’ll be visiting.

Whatever you’re wanting to see in Africa, StudentUniverse can get you there for less. Our unique partnerships with major airlines that connect you with this amazing continent mean we can offer exclusive discounts and promo codes, so start searching today!

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What are the main Africa airport hubs?

The main airports in Africa can be found in (or near) the continent’s major cities and capitals. Some of the biggest hubs include the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg; Cairo International Airport; Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi; Cape Town International Airport in South Africa; and the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. There’s of course many other airports you could fly into, depending on where you’re going, but these offer the most international flight options.

How to fly from the USA to Africa

As Africa is just across the Atlantic Ocean, flying there from the US probably isn’t nearly as lengthy or expensive as you might imagine. A nonstop flight from New York to Casablanca takes just under 7 hours! You can find nonstop flights to Africa from US cities like New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Chicago. If you’re flying somewhere in southern or eastern Africa—or if it’s a smaller airport hub—you’ll likely have a stop or two along the way.

The most popular airlines for flights to Africa include United, British Airways, Air Egypt, South African Airways and Lufthansa, though you have many, many choices!

When is the best time to fly to Africa?

The best time to visit Africa completely depends on where you want to go and what you want to do while you’re there. The equator runs straight through the middle-ish of Africa, so it’s always summer somewhere on the continent, and always winter somewhere, too. The northern and southern edges of Africa tend to have a drier, desert-like climate, whereas central areas are wetter, with more rain (and rainforests). May through September are generally the best times for safaris, but this can vary too, depending on where you are and what kind of animals you’re hoping to see.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to Africa?

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Why do American students love visiting Africa?

American students love visiting for the same reasons anyone does—the incredible wildlife, hospitable culture and friendly people, unique architecture and rich history. From amazing safaris to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cage-diving with sharks or exploring ancient cities, Africa has dozens of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for you to discover.

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Africa Universities and campuses

Studying abroad in Africa is an amazing way to experience cultures and communities completely different from what you’ll find back home. The most popular place in Africa to study abroad is in South Africa—usually Cape Town or Johannesburg, but Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco all have options for international students as well. Ask your home university if there are any exchange programs in place already, or do some research online to see what programs suit your major.

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Africa lifestyle and culture

Lifestyles and culture varies widely across Africa—after all, it is a massive continent home to a huge number of countries, communities and people, all with varying cultures and ways of life. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind regardless of where you’re traveling in Africa. Relationships and community are very important and highly valued—you’ll probably find locals very welcoming and hospitable, and you should do your best to be extremely polite as well. Be flexible, as many things in Africa don’t run “on time” or on a strict schedule like they might in America. And personal space is less of a thing in Africa—don’t be surprised (and try not to be annoyed!) if people are bumping into you in a market or crowding next to you on a bus.


Exploring Africa on a student budget

Africa can be explored on a budget pretty easily, depending on where you go and what you do. Safaris are one of the more expensive excursions (though they’re totally worth it, if you ask us!) Traveling during low-season or shoulder-season (in-between peak and non-peak) will get you much better rates on guides, activities and accommodations. Don’t be afraid to haggle when you’re at a market, and shop and eat locally when you can. Big resorts and touristy restaurants will have, of course, higher prices than shopping at a local market.

Frequently asked questions about flying from the USA to Africa

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