Fly To Karachi, Pakistan
As Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi is where it all comes together. With a density of nearly 6000 people per square kilometre, it is the hub of activity in Pakistan, boasting a variety of cultures and a vibrant, international feel. If you’re looking for the country’s best food, museums and entertainment then this is the place to go.
Karachi lies in the south of Pakistan along the coast of the Arabian Sea, giving it not only a vibrant urban feel, but also direct access to many beautiful beaches, ideal for cooling off in summer or merely enjoying a drink and the fresh sea breeze. Experience everything that Pakistan has to offer in what the locals refer to as ‘Pakistan’s City of Lights’.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need Visa to visit Karachi, Pakistan. Apply through the embassy in Pretoria and make sure than your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. A single Tourist Visa costs approximately R486.
- The South African High Commission in Pakistan is in Islamabad at 48 Khayaba-e- Iqbal (also known as Margalla Road), Sector F-8/2, Islamabad 5120 Phone: +22.214.171.1244.
See and do
Visitors to Karachi shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit its beaches. There are many beautiful beaches just outside the city, with Raas Muari (Cape Monze) and Clifton Beach being two of the most popular ones. French Beach is another beautiful (and less crowded) option.
After a day in the sun, get your cultural fix with a visit to one of the impressive museums in the city like the National Museum of Pakistan, the Pakistan Air Force Museum or the Pakistan Maritime Museum. Continue your tour of the city’s history with a visit to Chowkande graveyard, perhaps the most historically significant place in Karachi, where you’ll see ancient tombs.
Stretch your legs out in nature at Hub Lake, a beautiful green hideaway 56km out of town. Here you can enjoy picnics, swim in the lake or try your hand at fishing. Kirthar National Park is another popular stop close-by and here you can see striped hyenas, wolves, Indian gazelle and Sind wild goats.
For food and sights closer to home, visit the old town of Saddar Town where you’ll find traditional markets and one of the largest food streets in Asia at Burns Road – a very popular place to enjoy traditional Pakistani food.
Jinnah International Airport – KHI
Food and beverage: Ramada Plaza, McDonalds, La Terrasse, Le Jarden Restaurant, Opera Café, Pizza Wing, Abid Meruth Kabab House.
Currency Exchange: There are currency exchange counters outside both the arrival and departure halls at Karachi Airport.
Lost Luggage: Contact Civil Aviation Airline Baggage Lost & Found Services directly.
Airport Hotel: Ramada Plaza.
Car Hire: Rent a Cab.
Airport Hub: Jinnah International Airport (code KHI) is a hub for Pakistan International Airlines.