VIRGIN Atlantic has had to delay its scheduled services to South Africa until next year. However, cheap charter flights will operate once again from the UK this winter - for the first time with a service to Cape Town.

Ian Allan Travel (0932 252670) is offering packages featuring the Britannia Airways charter flights. Seven-night fly drive packages start from pounds 599 for Durban and pounds 624 for Cape Town.

Seven-night hotel inclusive packages cost from pounds 599 for a week at the three-star Beachfront Durban hotel. Two-centre holidays featuring Cape Town and Durban cost from pounds 1,634.