South Africa can expect a “fairly good” holiday season January and February month with visitors arriving from its main markets of the UK.

There could be an increase in visitors taking flights to South Africa during January and February.

Independent Newspapers reports that more Brits and Americans could travel to the country in the next two months despite the stronger rand.

Airlines are reporting high passenger loads on flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

There has been a switch to smaller aircraft on some routes and SAA has fewer non-stop flights to Cape Town. Heathrow is now the only overseas destination from which SAA flies to Cape Town.

Arthur Gillis, the chief executive of Protea Hotels, added that the company has seen a rise in forward bookings and is expecting its coastal properties to be “very busy in February and March”

Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways said passenger numbers on their flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town were good. Their services from the UK returned to normal last week after cold weather caused disruptions.