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About Karachi

Karachi is the largest most populous city in Pakistan, home to a staggering 24 million people. Surrounded by sapphire blue waters of the Arabian Sea and widespread beautiful beaches. The core of the city contains rich history, displayed in architecture and sacred temples. Whilst a contemporary cosmopolitan vibe creates an eccentric ambiance, making any stranger feel at home.

Cheap flights to Karachi are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Karachi is home to the Jinnah International Airport (KHI), which is approximately 30-minute drive from the city center. Jinnah Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Emirates Airlines and Pakistan International Airlines. Popular international flights to Karachi, Pakistan departure from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Karachi is approximately 11 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit Karachi

Tomb Of Jinnah

Sightseeing

Full of history, Karachi is the heart of Pakistan. The most populated and financial back-bone, offering splendid views to great touring, naturally beautiful landscaping and sporting its very own harbour.

Grand Architecture Karachi

Arts & Culture

The irresistible mixture of culture and traditions make Karachi a great place to live in. Its rich history is evident on the streets through a unique display of grand architecture.

Chicken Thigh Biryani Karachi

Cuisine

Karachi is a great destination for enthusiastic food lovers. Various dishes to try are: nihari, karahi, haleem and katakat. Curries, biryani and pulses like dal are also very popular.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Pakistan
Currency Pakistani Rupee
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 8.09 Pakistani Rupee
Language English, Arabic
Hub Airport Jinnah International Airport (KHI)
Airline Emirates Airlines and Pakistan International Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 5:00 hours
Travel Adaptor Type C & D

Best time to visit Karachi

The location of the city on the coastline causes it to have a relatively tropical climate. Karachi has two main seasons: summer (June - September) and winter (December – February). The summers are longer and temperatures can get scorching hot. Sultry days give way to orangey, silky twilights – which melt into sapphire nights. During this time, the breeze coming from the coastline tends to cool the city and keeps the temperatures bearable. Winters do not last very long. The best time to visit Karachi is from December to January, when there is a fair balance amongst the arid climate and cold weather of the region. February is the last month of winter, and unfurls chilling temperatures. In winter schools often close for long periods as the roads are either flooded or overthrown with snow – thus making commuting difficult. Spring (March to May), see the soft hues of ochre turn to lush green savannahs, whilst and hailstorms are not uncommon during this season. The rest of the year sees significantly less rainfall.

Weather & Climate in Karachi

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 10°C 13°C 18°C 22°C 26°C 28°C 27°C 26°C 25°C 21°C 16°C 12°C
High (°C) 26°C 28°C 32°C 34°C 35°C 35°C 33°C 32°C 33°C 35°C 32°C 27°C
Rainfall (mm) 6 10 12 5 0 6 86 67 20 1 2 4

Karachi is the largest, most populous city in Pakistan, and the wealthiest revenue-generating city. It is surrounded by the sapphire blue waters of the Arabian Sea and widespread, beautiful beaches. The core of the city contains a rich history, displayed in the architecture and sacred temples. A contemporary cosmopolitan vibe creates an eccentric ambiance, making any stranger feel at home.

In addition to being known as the possessor of a number of mountains, including the second highest mountain in the world, Karachi also boasts several lakes, rivers, extravagant hotels and restaurants.

Karachi is home to a diverse mix of people from all around the world, giving it a true cosmopolitan touch. The blending of these various countries into the city’s population has resulted in a rich history shared with many nations. Karachi also has a number of Hindu temples around the city.

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South African Passport holders do not need a visa to visit Karachi, Pakistan.

• Ensure your passport has 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

• Apply through the embassy in Pretoria and ensure your passport has a validity period of at least 6 months.

• 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: +92.51.226.2354.

All travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, as vaccinations are required. There are no real health risks associated with travel to Karachi, Pakistan.

• Japanese encephalitis in Pakistan: if you are planning on staying for more than one month, and depending on where in Pakistan, and what time of the year you are travelling, you will need this vaccine. If you are planning on visiting the rural areas in Pakistan, or spending a lot of time outdoors, you should consider this vaccine.

• You may need to take prescription drugs to prevent malaria in Pakistan, before and after your visit, so speak to your doctor.

• The dry climate can cause excessively high temperatures, so sunburn is a concern. Make sure you bring lotion with a high sun protective factor.

• A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

• Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A & B, typhoid and rabies.

• Try to avoid spending too much time in the sun. Wear a hat when spending time outdoors.

• Obtain travel insurance.

• Obey the laws of the city you are visiting.

• Stay away from public and political demonstrations.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Karachi
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R24.62
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R30.77
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R22.39 R21.57
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R10.00 R10.00 R3.08
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R38.00 R18.46

Located along Club Road, there is a hostel within walking distance to the National Museum, and 2.5 kilometres from the Clifton Fish Aquarium. Rooms are stylishly draped in exquisite interior designs, high tech air-conditioning units and are well furnished. Hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa and free parking facilities.

Situated opposite the Frere Hall and Park, is a hotel, 30-minutes drive from the city centre. This guest house offers modern, comfortable rooms fitted with en-suite and private bathrooms. Conveniently located on the premises is a drug store, florist and currency exchange. Laundry, dry cleaning and ironing services can be done at additional costs.

This little cosy-cone offers a sun terrace and great views of the city. Each room at this bed and breakfast is air-conditioned, has a private bathroom and flat screen television. Staff are super friendly, and guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

• Train: An express train runs from Karachi to Lahore, and visa-versa. The train is newly refurbished with original compartments. This is a comfortable ride if you plan on taking this route when visiting.

• Bus: Explore the highlights of the city with a guided bus tour, ending in an elaborate sunset camel ride in the desert.

• You can also rent a car from any one of the number of car rental agencies within Karachi.

• Walking: Of course, walking has always been the best way to explore any city. This way you get to see a lot more and meet some of the friendly locals as you travel through the streets of the city.

Main attractions in Karachi

Frere Hall

Frere Hall

The Kotri Bridge

The Kotri Bridge

Karachi Mosque

Karachi Mosque

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