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About Charleston

Charleston is a picturesque port city in South Carolina, USA. With its old Southern charm, enticing dishes and more than 128,000 locals, this cobbled-stoned city is surely one a kind. A trip to Charleston is a must as it was voted the best city in the world! Attractions include Boone Hall, Charleston City Market and St. John Cathedral.

Get ready to fall in love with this fascinating city because cheap flights to Charleston are now available for a limited period of time! Charleston is home to Charleston International Airport (CHS), which is located on a 33-minute drive from the city centre. Charleston International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Delta Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration is approximately 19 hours and 35 minutes.

Why visit Charleston

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Picturesque Plantations

Boone Hall Plantation is often used as the backdrop of postcards as its beauty is astounding. It’s also one of the oldest plantations in use today, harvesting strawberries in June!

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Historical Charm

Together with that distinguished Southern accent, Charleston holds onto its past with cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages and picturesque townhouses along its streets – it’s like you’ve stepped into a museum.

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Charleston Cuisine

Charleston is famous for delicious dishes that usually have diners licking their fingers clean. Try the she-crab soup and the southern fried chicken for a real taste of the city.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar (USD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.67 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Charleston International Airport (CHS)
Time Zone GMT-4
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Charleston

Charleston is known for its great weather all year round, making it a top destination for visitors from all over. Charleston experiences hot summers, pleasantly warm springs and autumns, and mild winters. The best time to visit the city would be over spring (March to May). During this time, the city comes alive with activity, and you can catch the blooming of many flower species. However, many flora enthusiasts will fill the city. With such a mild winter, consider visiting between November and February (winter), as you’ll be guaranteed to find cheap flights to Charleston over this time.

Weather & Climate in Charleston

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 4°C 6°C 10°C 14°C 18°C 22°C 24°C 23°C 21°C 15°C 11°C 7°C
High °C 13°C 14°C 18°C 22°C 26°C 29°C 31°C 30°C 28°C 23°C 19°C 15°C
Rainfall (mm) 73 77 91 81 119 172 162 130 72 52 52 67

Overview

Charleston was voted America’s top city to visit, and is in the top 10 internationally too. With that in mind, it’s really easy to see why this old city, with its Southern charm, should definitely be on your bucket list too.

In the historical downtown area is where you’ll find beautiful townhouses and cathedrals, maintained in pristine condition from the colonial period in American history.

The plantations in the area are renowned wedding and event locations, as they are very beautiful. Old farm houses are surrounded by oak and pine trees that sway to the wind. Boone Hall Plantation is also still operational; one of the oldest on the whole country.

And in true Southern tradition, the food is Charleston is all wholesome, all delicious, and all worth writing home about! There is something that caters to every taste, but for an authentic meal, treat yourself to the she-crab soup.

Visa & Customs

South Africans who wish to visit Charleston in the USA will need a visa to do so. The process has been known to take a long time, so it’s best to start as early as possible. You will need to complete your application and submit numerous documents, as well as schedule an appointment with the US Embassy in your city.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of the United States of America, in Pretoria:

877 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083 Tel: 012 431 4000

Health & Safety

Charleston is a bustling city and there are tourists on almost every street corner who are keen to see the sites. For this reason, the city is very safe to walk around in, and as long as you are cautious, there should not be any trouble. As with any big city though, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to practice caution.

There are no vaccines required for a trip to the USA, but it is always recommended to go for a routine check-up and to speak to your doctor before any trip overseas.

Cost of Living

ITEM JOHANNESBURG CAPE TOWN CHARLESTON
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 151.34
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 52.64
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 61.20
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 15.33
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 76.33
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