There are few undiscovered destinations left in the world, and until recently, the British Territory of St Helena was one of them. The opening of St Helena’s airport and the advent of commercial flights has reduced journey times from days to mere hours, making it easier for you, the discerning traveller, to experience this extraordinary island. St Helena’s scenery is spectacular. From the clear Atlantic waters past sheer cliffs and breath-taking rock formations, through arid red desert dotted with cacti, rolling green fields and flax-covered hillsides to a pinnacle of a prehistoric cloud forest. St Helena packs a lot into 120 square kilometres. Discover centuries-old military fortifications and the legacies of past exiles, encounter fascinating flora and fauna found nowhere else on the planet, and meet the locals – affectionately called ‘Saints’ – renowned for their warm and friendly welcome. Whether an active explorer, avid historian or marine enthusiast, this must-do destination has something for everyone.
Discovered in 1502, the island weaves a rich tapestry of history and heritage spanning over 500 years, which includes the East India Company, the exile of Napoleon, the imprisonment of 6000 Boers, and the abolition of African slaves.
You can only fly to St Helena from South Africa.
From O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg: weekly flight to St Helena once a week on a Saturday.
From Cape Town International Airport: flights are twice weekly in peak season from December 2019.
Flights operated by Airlink and is a 5-hour flight with a fuel stop in Nambia. No compulsory vaccinations required to enter St Helena.