Fly To Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix lies in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, in a region aptly named the “Valley of the Sun”. It may be baking hot in summer, but the mild, sunny winters make it an ideal destination in cooler months.
The breath-taking desert vistas, ringed by distant mountains, are stark and beautiful, and outdoors is where you’ll find the best of this town. The red-rock buttes and lonely cacti are punctuated with lush, green golf-courses, and sunny lakes, while the mountains are riddled with hiking and horse trails, and cliffs just waiting to be climbed.
Book your own desert adventure in this sun-baked jewel of a city by using our convenient flight search tool above. Not only will you get the cheapest flights to Phoenix available, you’ll also find them with the greatest of ease.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Phoenix, Arizona, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Phoenix is the South African Consulate General in Los Angeles. 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles, California, 90048. Phone: + 1 323 651 0902. Website: link2southafrica.com.
See and do
Life in Phoenix is all about the great outdoors, and the surrounding desert provides a wealth of fascinating adventures for all ages.
If you’re looking for some energetic activities, you’ll love the hiking trails in South Mountain Park. There’s some great bouldering near the bottom of the wash, so bring your climbing gear too. Horse-riding is widely available, both in the mountains and the surrounding desert, and you’ll even find water sports on offer in Phoenix’s sun-warmed lakes and rivers.
For a less physically taxing, but equally thrilling experience, try a flip over the desert in a glider, sailplane, or a hot air balloon. The views are indescribably spectacular, and you can’t beat the experience for romance. Don’t forget Phoenix is also the gateway to the Grand Canyon, so make sure to plan some time in your trip to head over to this iconic place.
There are some indoor attractions in Phoenix as well. The Heard Museum and Heritage and Science Park are popular choices, as are the Musical Instrument Museum and the Phoenix Zoo.
When you’re looking for keepsakes to take home, keep an eye out for scorpion bolo ties and saguaro-cactus salt and pepper shakers. Along with Cactus Candy and the widely available hot sauces, these are traditional and popular Phoenix souvenirs.
Phoenix is a car-centric city, and renting a car is the most common choice for visitors. If you prefer public transport, there is a light rail system in the Downtown/Central Phoenix area, and the Valley Metro Bus system covers almost everywhere else. The Downtown Area Shuttle is convenient in and around Copper Square – it’s free, and fairly regular, but doesn’t operate on weekends.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – PHX
Food and beverage: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Cartel Coffee, Lola Coffee with Tammy Coe Cake, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Press Coffee and Starbucks.
Currency Exchange: The Sky Harbor Exchange Office is located in Terminal 4, and there are ATMs in all the terminals dispensing US dollars.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost & Found only handles items lost within the terminals, buses and parking areas, and is contactable on +1 602 273 3333. Alternatively contact security who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Travelodge Phoenix, Holiday Inn Express, Hilton Garden Inn, Days Inn and Best Western Inn.
Car Hire: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt, and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (code PHX) is a hub for Ameriflight, Great Lakes Airlines and US Airways, and a focus city for Southwest Airlines.