New Proflight route connects Lusaka to Cape Town for the first time.

Natasha Parker | May 28, 2023

On July 1st, Proflight is launching the first-ever direct flight between Cape Town, South Africa, and Lusaka, Zambia.

The Zambia-South Africa combination is already a popular choice for safari goers from around the world looking to book their dream beach-to-bush holiday. Cape Town provides a social, coastal buzz and endless beachside activities. Meanwhile, Zambia remains a less-explored safari destination compared to the likes of the Kruger National Park, Kenya, or Botswana. This makes it the ideal location for travellers looking for unforgettable wildlife experiences with none of the crowds.

An ideal beach-to-bush safari holiday: Cape Town to the South Luangwa (Shawa Luangwa Camp).

Proflight Zambia recently increased its capacity from Lusaka to Johannesburg to cater to popular demand, and the new Cape Town leg will be the airline’s fourth route between the two countries.

“We are seeing growing demand for flights between Zambia and South Africa,” Proflight Director of Flight Operations, Captain Josais Walubita, said, “hence the time is now right to launch this new direct service to Cape Town. Travelers can be assured of a safe, reliable, and friendly service that adds further freedom and flexibility to explore the region.”

Lusaka is also a fantastic gateway to the rest of Zambia, as it provides direct access to some of the wildest parts of this still undiscovered gem. Travellers can continue from Lusaka to South Luangwa, the Kafue National Park and the Busanga Plains, or Livingstone to see Victoria Falls in all her splendour.

Proflight on the move (Photo by Prestwick Pioneer, via Flickr)

All about the Cape Town to Lusaka route

The Cape Town to Lusaka flight will take 3 hours and 15 minutes and will be operated on the airline’s 50-seat Bombardier CRJ aircraft. The route will take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays, to start. Travellers flying on other days will need to transit through Johannesburg, as they did previously.


Lusaka to Cape Town: 08:00 – 11:30

Cape Town to Lusaka: 12:15 – 15:35

What does this mean for Green Safaris guests?

Travellers who wish to experience a Green Safaris property in Zambia and explore Cape Town in one dream African holiday can now do so without having to transit through the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport, as long as they time their holiday carefully.

From Cape Town to Ila Safari Lodge

On Tuesdays and Saturdays: Fly direct with Proflight from Cape Town to Lusaka (3.15 hours). Book a charter flight (approximately 1 hour) from the Lusaka International Airport to the Chunga Airstrip, where you can enjoy a game drive through the Kafue National Park to our lodge.

From Cape Town to Chisa Busanga Camp

On Tuesdays and Saturdays: Fly direct with Proflight from Cape Town to Lusaka (3hrs 15 mins). Book a charter flight (approximately 1hr 45 mins) from the Lusaka International Airport to the Busanga Airfield, where our team will pick you up.

From Cape Town to Shawa Luangwa Camp

On Tuesdays and Saturdays: Fly direct with Proflight from Cape Town to Lusaka (3.15 hours). Book a Proflight from Lusaka to Mfuwe International Airport (1 hour), followed by a one-hour transfer drive into camp, of which the last 30 minutes is already into the stunning scenery of the Lupanda GMA.

From Cape Town to Kaya Mawa Island Lodge

With a journey from Cape Town to Likoma Island that involves a transit in Johannesburg and a touchdown in Blantyre before stopping in Lilongwe for passport control… why not add another Green Safaris property in between instead?

If you take a quick Proflight from Cape Town to Lusaka, then another from Lusaka to Shawa Luangwa Camp, you could have a few blissful nights in the heart of South Luangwa before an easy charter-flight hop to Likoma Island (with a quick stop in Lilongwe for customs control).

From Cape Town to Tongabezi Lodge and Sindabezi Island Camp

There is already a direct flight from Cape Town to Livingstone Airport with Kenya Airways!

On Tuesdays and Saturdays (and Thursdays in certain months): Fly direct to Livingstone Airport (2hrs 50 mins). Our team will transfer you through Livingstone and the Mosi oa Tunya National Park, which is less than a 30-minute drive. Guests staying on Sindabezi Island Camp will then be treated to a 15-minute boat ride to the island, and you could be sipping cocktails on the banks of the Zambezi River in no time.

Just a short flight from Cape Town to the mighty Zambezi

Whether you are hoping to book a Cape Town-Zambia safari from the other side of the world, or you’re a resident of Cape Town planning to make the most of this new flight into the wilderness, we have a Special Rate for you. Reach out to our team at for our latest and greatest rates, or speak to your favourite travel professional.

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