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About Alaska

Alaska is the last wild frontier. Its untamed landscapes, wrapped in the legendary whisperings of the Alutiiq and Athabaskan, radiate an ethereal mystique that enchants dreamers, soul seekers and wanderers. Alaska is the largest state in the United States and home to over 700,000 people. Attractions include Denali National Park, Glacier Bay and the Sitka National Historical Park.

Get ready to surrender to the call of the wild with cheap flights to Alaska. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) and Juneau International Airport (JNU) are the main airports of Alaska. They serve a multitude of airlines, including United Airlines, British Airways and Emirates. Popular international flights to Alaska depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Alaska is approximately 20 hours, 30 minutes.

Why visit Alaska

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Dreamy Landscapes

Alaska is a raw and wild tapestry of soaring mountains, shimmering lakes, boreal forests, gushing rivers, dramatic fjords, Arctic tundra, pearlescent glaciers and rugged coastlines peppered with trading post towns.

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Natural Phenomena

The Alaskan sky plays host to some of the rarest and most spellbinding natural phenomena on earth, including the mystical aurora borealis, light pillars, midnight summer sun and mysterious alpenglow.

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Roaming Wildlife

The wild Alaskan landscape is a haven for free-roaming wildlife. Bears, wolves, moose and caribou wander through forests and tundra, while orcas and whales glide serenely through the Arctic waters.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language English / Yup'ik
Hub Airport Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) / Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) / Juneau International Airport (JNU)
Airline Alaska Airlines
Time Zone GMT-9 / GMT-8 (summer)
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit Alaska

Alaska experiences a subarctic climate, with brief warm summers and long snowy winters. Temperatures range from 27 degrees Celsius in summer to -15 degrees Celsius in winter. Temperatures vary according to regions: the interior is warmer, while the northern areas are colder. Activities such as dog mushing, skiing and snowmobiling abound during winter (November to April). Days can be short and the temperatures glacial, but Alaskan winters are unforgettably spectacular. Spring (May to June) and summer (July to August) are ideal for outdoor activities, exploring the landscapes and wildlife viewing. If you want to witness the Northern Lights, the best time to visit is in autumn (September to October) and the end of winter. For cheap flights to Alaska, the best time to visit is in the heart of winter.

Weather & Climate in Alaska

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -12°C -11°C -8°C -2°C 4°C 7°C 10°C 9°C 6°C -2°C -9°C -12°C
High °C -5°C -3°C 1°C 7°C 12°C 16°C 18°C 17°C 13°C 4°C -2°C -4°C
Rainfall (mm) 90 117 186 228 220 172 123 130 146 233 206 140

Alaska is the greatest artwork of nature. Its staggering beauty and ethereal whisperings of freedom has lured dreamers, inspired writers and offered salvation to the lost and downhearted.

A journey through Alaska will enchant you with its mystical rhythms of fiddles and flutes and give you a chance to witness nature as it should be: untouched and untamed.

Spot orcas and whales as you glide between luminous glaciers that soar into tangerine skies and plunge into shimmering Arctic depths. Chase the endless horizon and search for rustic trading post towns along the Alaska Highway. Watch grizzly bears catch salmon in gushing mountain rivers or venture deep into boreal forests in Ketchikan to search for totem poles and native villages.

For a truly authentic Alaskan experience, tour the rumbling volcanoes of Mt. Augustine and Mt. Redoubt, witness the enchanting Aurora Borealis in winter, marvel at giant vegetables at the Alaska State Fair or attend the Iditarod Dog Sled Race and Athabaskan Fiddle Festival.

Alaska beckons you to follow the call of the wild.

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South African passport holders do require a visa to travel to Alaska, or anywhere else in North America. You will also need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months and that you have three blank pages available for entry stamps.

Visas can be organised via the US Consulate General in Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg.

Cape Town - 2 Reddam Ave, Steenberg, 7945. Phone: (+27) 021 702 7300 Durban - 303 Dr Pixley Kaseme St, Durban Central, 4001. Phone: (+27) 031 305 7600 Johannesburg - 1 Sandton Dr, Sandhurst, 2146. Phone: (+27) 011 290 3000

Alaska is considered a safe state. However, it is recommended that you remain vigilant and take certain precautions as you would in any unfamiliar and sprawling city. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.

Alaska is also a wild and fierce place that can be unforgiving to the ill-equipped and ill-informed. If you plan to venture into the back-country or embark on a self-guided tour, considerable research should be done beforehand. Research should also be done on how to handle and avoid encounters with bears and moose, as these creatures are free roaming throughout the state. Be vigilant and take it slow when driving in snow or when roads are icy.

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic area. Mosquitoes can be a problem during the summer months, so precautions should be taken to avoid being bitten. Immunisation against hepatitis B and rabies are recommended. Other routine vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella, polio and influenza.

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG ALASKA
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 200.42
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 76.83
Cappuccino (regular) R 23.35 R 22.36 R 58.39
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 20.76
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 39.50 R 40.00 R 140.30
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