Israel Travel Guide
Whether you're visiting Israel for its religious sites or cultural riches, there's a few things that are worth knowing before you head over there. To help you plan your holiday, our travel guide resources include a round-up of Israel's top destinations and an overview of the seasons so you can pick the right time to go. There's also a section on visas and security updates so you're fully briefed on the essentials, and in our Top Travel Tips you'll find more information on the currency, food, shopping, customs, tipping and more.
Must-see destinations in Israel for first-time visits from religious sites to cities
If you still needed more inspiration, here's a collection of our favourite travel videos
- From Beirut to Jerusalem
by Thomas Friedman
- My Michael
by Amos Oz
- Son of Hamas
by Mosab Hassan Yousef
Facts about Israel
- Israel is one of only two countries that began the 21st century with a net gain in the number of its trees
- Rivaling Silicon Valley in the States, Israel has the highest ratio of hi-tech companies in regards to its population
- After Tokyo and NYC, Tel Aviv has the third most sushi restaurants per capita
Israel Travel Advice for South African Travellers
Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel advice from the consular in South Africa when planning your trip. We follow the advice of the FCO and at present there are no travel restrictions in place for Israel.
Flying to Israel from South Africa:
There are direct flights available from Johannesburg to Tel Aviv, Israel's primary international transport hub, with EL AL Israel Airlines. The flight time is around 9 hours and this is the fastest option. Indirect flights that involve a stopover are usually much cheaper and there are plenty of such options from South Africa including Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul with average flight duration of 13 hours. These same airlines also fly from Cape Town. Check out Travelstart for flight deals from South Africa to Israel.