South African Travellers will love Reunion Island

  • 23 April 2015

From lunar landscapes to clear blue lagoons and lush tropical plant life, French-Indian Ocean Island Réunion is the ultimate travellers Island.  Just 200km West of Mauritius, Réunion is one of the very few Island destinations that allows you to experience total relaxation and extraordinary adventure in a single journey. 

With 42% of its 2500 km2 territory classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Réunion Island offers an exceptional mix of authentic culture and raw nature.

From Asian cuisine to creole markets, from Buddhist traditions to Tamil, Islamic or Christian rituals; Réunion is a melting pot of cultures.

In a very short space of time, you will be able to travel from a volcanic desert to a dreamlike lagoon at l’Ermitage, and then move on to green tropical Forest at the heart of the island, in the cirques.

An authentic and interesting family holiday, an absorbing all-terrain adventure, a perfect ode to romance and a surrender to the beauty of nature – all of this awaits the traveller to Réunion.

Getting There

For curious South African travellers, Réunion offers much more than a beach holiday, although beaches, watersports and endless lazy days are definitely on the menu, if you choose – with no need for visas and regular direct flights.

Air Austral, the French airline of the Indian Ocean, is the only airline to offer direct non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Reunion twice weekly on Sundays and Thursdays. They also offer connections to, and from, many domestic and neighbouring airports in the area.

Direct connections from other South African cities to Johannesburg are readily available with South Africa’s numerous domestic airlines.

The lifting of a visa requirement for South African passport holders makes it possible for South Africans to freely stay in Reunion Island for short stays of up to 90 days.

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