The cheapest times to fly from SFO to MQP are

  • January 8th to May 27th (except the weeks of February 12th and April 2nd)
  • August 20th to September 23rd (except the week of September 3rd)
  • November 5th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SFO to MQP is early to mid May. Prices can be as high as $4295 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $998 for Monday flights around early to mid May.


When to Fly to Nelspruit

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Nelspruit (MQP) will usually cost between $1048 to $2346 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid May with an average ticket price of $1133. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2582. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1449 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1378 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to MQP flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SFO to MQP route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SFO to MQP Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to MQP flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.08, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MQP, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into SFO. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Nelspruit, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to San Francisco. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $587 (25%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1364. Return trip prices are from the MQP to SFO flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SFO to MQP can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 20 hour 11 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from SFO to MQP while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Kruger Park Gateway Airport (PHW) in Phalaborwa

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from MQP
  • Usually 1.05% less expensive than MQP
  • 2-layover flights available

See SFO to PHW flights

Destination alternative #2: Polokwane International Airport (PTG) in Polokwane

  • 148 miles (238 km) away from MQP
  • Usually 0.73% less expensive than MQP
  • 2-layover flights available

See SFO to PTG flights


Flight Hacking SFO to MQP

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SFO to MQP — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Johannesburg (SFO > JNB > MQP)

  • Price for both tickets: $1030
  • Average savings: $348 (25.23%)

See SFO to JNB flights

Hack #2: Cape Town (SFO > CPT > MQP)

  • Price for both tickets: $1374
  • Average savings: $4 (0.25%)

See SFO to CPT flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SFO to MQP? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Alaska, American, British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, South African, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 10667 miles or 17167 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SFO to MQP?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to MQP flight is about 20 hour 11 minutes.

How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Nelspruit?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 18 available flights from SFO to MQP.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SFO
Origination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4

Return Airport

Destination code MQP
Destination airport name Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
City Nelspruit
Country South Africa
Latitude -25.4
Longitude 31.1


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