Discovered in 1502 by Portuguese navigator Joao da Nova, St Helena changed hands a number of times before finally coming under the control of the British during the sixteen century. St Helena was once a busy staging post for trade between England and the Far East, the island is now much quieter as shipping trade has diverted to quicker, alternative routes.
Just 47 square miles in area and with no natural harbour St Helena enjoys warm weather all year round. At higher elevations in the centre of the island it can be quite cool at night. There are two rainy seasons March-May and July-September.
St Helena is in part a wind-eroded desert with multi-hued ridges and 1000ft high cliffs of bronze coloured volcanic rock; part lush green pastures and vegetation filled valleys. The island has a number of unique, endemic plans and wildlife.
The islanders are affectionately known as ‘Saints’ and they are a happy mixture of people descendant of British East India Co workers, Boer prisoners of war, African and Chinese servants, amongst others. Saints are a friendly, helpful and cheerful people who will make you very welcome to their island.
The new airport at St Helena is now open for scheduled flights which are operating as follows:-
From Johannesburg (commencing on 21 October 2017)
Johannesburg 0900 Windhoek 1000
Windhoek 1030 St Helena 1315
St Helena 1430 Windhoek 1905
Windhoek 1940 Johannesburg 2230
*Please note that every second weekend of the month the return flights from St Helena to Windhoek/Johannesburg will operate on Sundays*
We can also quote for airport transfers, accommodation and tours in South Africa in conjunction with your St Helena holiday.