Fly To Jakarta, Indonesia
Set your Indo dreams in motion with cheap flights to Jakarta from Travelstart South Africa. As the capital of the Indonesian archipelago, Jakarta acts as a gateway for many other destinations in South East Asia.
The sprawling city is also the largest in South East Asia and the cultural centre of the country of Indonesia. It’s the home of Indonesia’s economic centre as well as being the location of government. The city is known throughout the region and indeed the world for its fantastic nightlife, five star hotels, and for the melting pot of cuisines available.
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Why visit Jakarta?
- Jakarta offers a rich and colourful culture difficult to find anywhere else!
- With a vibrant nightlife, Jakarta is famously known as the city that never sleeps!
- This city is a shopaholics dream come true; Jakarata offers great deals and unique goods that are hard to find anywhere else!
The official language spoken in Jakarta is Bahasa Indonesia. However, older generations are known for speaking Dutch. There are approximately 583 regional languages spoken in Indonesia, so don’t be surprised if you run into someone who speaks the same language as you.
The best time to visit Jakarta is usually anytime from April to October, as the weather is most pleasant during this time of the year. Indonesia is known for experiencing moderate climate conditions throughout the year. The peak seasons usually occur at the end of Ramadan, Christmas and mid-June to mid-July. These are the times when places become over-crowded and slightly over priced.
- Jakarta was previously known as Sunda Kelapa, Javakarta, Bratavia, and Djakarta.
- All major islands and in Southeast Asia are well connected and very accessible from Jakarata
- Jakarta is the 11th largest city in the world.
Most travellers consider Jakarta as a stop-over destination when they are making their way to other popular islands on the Indonesian coastline (such as Bali and Yogyakarta). What many travellers don’t know though is that Jakarta has just as much to offer as the aforementioned islands.
Jakarata is home to many beautiful sites such as:
- Taman Mini Indonesia Indah,
- Ragunan Zoo,
- Sunda Kelapa old port and
- the Ancol Dreamland complex on Jakarta Bay, which includes Dunia Fantasi theme park, Sea World, and Gelanggang Samudra.
Using Jakarta as a hub
The main reason for visits to the capital is the fact that Jakarta is a hub for a number of other areas in the region. Indonesia is known for its fantastic beaches throughout the world, and none of these are as prominent as those that can be found on the island of Bali nearby. Bali is known as the Island of Smiles due to the friendly nature of the locals and the laid back island vibe of the place. The island is also a Mecca for surfers from around the globe, due to the large swells which work their way up from the Indian Ocean.
Those in search of secluded bays away from the crowds might also want to make the trip to one of the surrounding islands to Java where Jakarta is found. Sumatra is a fantastic choice for those who love outdoor sports and adventure and are in search of beautiful secluded beaches. There are often good transport links in the form of organised tours taking you straight to the more secluded locations. Surfers will also be at home on some of the outer islands of the archipelago due to the vast number of unspoilt waves available as well as those still waiting to be discovered. With its good waves, traditional temples, surf stores and nightlife, Bali will not disappoint if you’re looking for the real Indo experience.
Dining options across the country are both fascinating and tasty, with a wide selection of fresh food available which is full of local spices. As the food capital of Indonesia, you can expect to find the best local food from around the country in Jakarta. There are so many top-class restaurants located all over this city, but if you want to really immerse yourself in the local cultural cuisine we suggest you try out the street food. Street food stalls are open till the wee hours of the morning, so you are guaranteed to never go hungry.
One of the best local dishes to have when in Jakarta is a Malay fried rice dish called nasi goreng, a Javanese speciality described as seasoned skewered meat (called satay), accompanied by a local salad of mixed vegetables, boiled eggs and topped with a tantalizing peanut dressing. Make sure you try Nasi Goreng for a quick filler.
Some of the best restaurants found in Jakarta include:
- AMUZ Gourmet Restaurant,
- Lara Djonggrang,
- Enmaru Japanese Restaurant, and
- Keyaki Restaurant -Sari Pan Pacific Jakarta.
This is a fairly safe place to visit, although during peak-seasons there a few occurrences of petty crime. So travellers are advised to remain aware of their surroundings and to not walk alone at night while on holiday as they generally have a tendency to stand out, which can make them easy targets.
Indonesia is a very religious country and Islam is the most prominent Religion. However, due to the fact that there that this is quite a diverse nation a variety of religions and beliefs is practiced in this region, such as Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Confucianism.
There is no discrimination as to what religion or beliefs you favour. However, Indonesia does not recognise agnosticism or atheism, and blasphemy is considered illegal. We advise you to partake in religious conversations with caution and respect as to refrain from offending locals. Don’t be alarmed, even though the people of Jakarta are conservative and religious they are also very friendly and welcoming and will make you feel right at home
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90||R 100||R 41|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22||R 20||R 35|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19||R 20||R 40|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10||R 12||R 5|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35||R 35||R 22|
South Africans do need a Visa in order to visit Indonesia. You can contact the embassy of Indonesia (Telephone: 021 761 7015) in Cape Town.
The High Commission of South Africa
The South African embassy in Jakarta can be contacted via the following channels:
Wisama GBI, Suite 705,
7th Floor Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav.
28 Jakarta 10210.
- Telephone: (+62 21) 2991 2500
- Fax: (+62 21) 574 0655
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (Code: CGK) is the main airport that is serving the greater Jakarta area in Indonesia.
Food and beverages: The restaurants that are located within the airport include places like McDonald’s, KFC, and there are also many stalls that are located along terminal isles where you can purchase food.
Exchange currency: There are currency exchange offices that are in Jakarta, you should head to the information desk for more assistance.
Lost luggage: If you have lost any item of luggage you should go to the Lost & Found department that is located within the airport, or for more assistance you should go to the information desk that is also located within the airport.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Sheraton Bandara Hotel, Ibis Styles Jakarta Airport Hotel, and FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt.
Airport hub: Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (Code: CGK) is a hub for Batik Air, Cardig Air, Citilink, XpressAir, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air.