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Indonesia: an island retreat bristling with sacred temples, lush rainforests, volcanoes and sugar-sand beaches

Indonesia is the largest island archipelago in the world, consisting of more than 18,000 islands, more than 257 million residents with a variety of religions, cultures and beautiful beaches with an array of cuisine. Top attractions include the beaches of Bali, Borobudur near Yogyakarta and the Komodo National Park.

Cheap flight to Indonesia are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be amazed by this astounding destination. Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is home to Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK), located 50-minutes from the city centre. Soekarno–Hatta International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, Qatar and more. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 13 hours and 40 minutes.

Why visit Indonesia



Thousands flock to Indonesia’s beautiful islands to dip their toes into its warm waters and sip on a refreshing drink. Bali, Nusa Dua and Gili Meno are three of the most popular.


Sacred Temples

The allure of sacred temples with ancient histories are hard to resist, and in Indonesia you can get in touch with your spirituality with hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist temples across the islands.


Green Forests

Home to the second largest rain forest in the world, Indonesia is all raw jungle goodness, exotic animals and lush green valleys. View its beauty on foot, by helicopter or by sea.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Indonisian Rupiah (IDR)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1040.34 IDR
Language Indonesian
Hub Airport Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK)
Airline Garuda Indonesia
Time Zone GMT+ 8
Travel Adaptor Type C / F

Best time to visit Indonesia

There’s no bad time to visit Indonesia, with its year-long summer days and warm rainy days. The islands have two seasons, which span from April to October (dry season) and November to March (wet season). The islands experience tropical weather with temperatures ranging between 24°C and 32°C throughout. The best time to visit Indonesia would be in the dry season, as the beaches will be available for sunbathing and day time exploring will not be interrupted by the rain. Resorts and holiday accommodation are packed throughout this time though, so it would be best book far in advance, or consider visiting during the wet season.

Weather & Climate in Indonesia

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 24°C 24°C 24°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 27°C 26°C 26°C 26°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 33°C 32°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 341 301 209 134 108 90 59 47 68 106 139 207

A large, large country made up of more than 18,000 islands and home to more than 300 languages spoken throughout its lands, Indonesia is truly a masterpiece. Its beauty seconds none and with its welcoming residents, it has become one of the top destinations in the world to travel to.

Not just all beaches and rainforests, Indonesia has the most active volcanoes in the world as it is situated on the Ring of Fire. Amaze yourself as you stare up towards the summit of Mount Brumo, which can be found in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

Indonesia has lots and lots of greenery, and the second largest rainforest in the world. You can find some lush trees and adorable monkeys in the Ubud Monket Forest in Bali, forming part of the Eastern Java-Bali rainforest region. Of course, everyone loves Bali and its spectacular beaches, resorts, restaurants and sacred temples. Thousands of visitors flock to the main island of Bali every year, and spend their time working on their tans and jumping between neighbouring islands, such as Gili Trawangan and Nusa Lembongan.

And for some wildlife viewing from your backyard in Indonesia, make the trip to Borneo. See and interact with some furry orangutans, pygmy elephants, Samutran rhinos, exotic birds and more.

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South Africans who wish to visit Indonesia can do so without a visa. Your passport will need to be valid for six months from the date of your return to South Africa.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of Indonesia: Pretoria: 949 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia 0083, P.O.Box 13155, Hatfield, 0028

It is always important to have your vaccines up to date when you are travelling. When visiting to Indonesia, it is recommended to get a vaccination for hepatitis A, as you will most likely be eating food that is unfamiliar. You should also get a shot for typhoid if you’ll be doing any trips to smaller, more rural areas of the country. Other vaccines that are recommended are hepatitis B, yellow fever, malaria and rabies.

Please also note that Indonesia has had reports of the Zika Virus, and thus pregnant women are advised against travelling there.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Indonesia (Jakarta)
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R90.00 R33.61
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R20.00 R22.00 R28.81
Cappuccino (regular) R20.00 R19.00 R31.70
Taxi 1km (normal tarriff) R12.00 R10.00 R3.84
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R35.00 R35.00 R19.69
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