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About Fayetteville

Located along the Cape Fear River in the U.S. state of North Carolina, Fayetteville is an unassuming city, boasting a rich military history and magnificent landscapes. Home to over 200,000 citizens, the city’s historic sites, museums and recreational parks attract visitors during the lively summer season. Some key landmarks include Poe House and the Cape Fear River Trail.

Cheap flights to Fayetteville are now available for a limited time only, so book your flight today and experience the modest charm and stunning natural landscapes this city has to offer! Fayetteville is home to Fayetteville Regional Airport (FAY), a 10-minute drive from the city centre. FAY serves many airlines, including Delta Airlines and United Airlines. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Fayetteville, but popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Fayetteville is approximately 19 hours and 35 minutes.

Why visit Fayetteville

the great outdoors

The Great Outdoors

The stunning landscapes serve as a backdrop to this quaint city. Go horseback riding or ziplining through the forests, or spend a day hiking or cycling along the scenic Cape Fear River Trail.

downtown architecture and history

Downtown Architecture and History

The streets are lined with colonial architecture and historic monuments of battles lost and won. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is a testament to the city’s military roots, while the Market House is one of the oldest buildings remaining.

family fun

Family Fun

There is an abundance of activities for the young at heart. Try out paintballing and mini-golf, or show off your skills at the skateparks. See the beautiful birds and flowers in the city’s botanical parks and gardens.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar ($)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Fayetteville Regional Airport / Grannis Field (FAY)
Airline American Airlines
Time Zone GMT – 05:00
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Fayetteville

You can’t miss the incredible outdoor activities and adventures Fayetteville has to offer! The summer season, between May and September, is welcomingly warm, when visitors flock to the city to enjoy its festivals and natural landscapes. Although this small city doesn’t experience huge crowds of foreigners, it is better to book accommodation in advance during this peak time. Catch low-season rates during the shoulder months of April and October/ November when the lower rainfall and cooler temperatures make it an ideal time for hiking and enjoying the pretty botanical gardens. Catch the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival during spring, packed with local entertainment and vintage car rallies. Refined music-lovers might enjoy the International Folk Festival in September, in celebration of diverse cultures through music, food and art.

Weather & Climate in Fayetteville

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -1°C 1°C 4°C 9°C 14°C 18°C 21°C 20°C 16°C 10°C 4°C 0°C
High °C 12°C 13°C 18°C 23°C 27°C 30°C 32°C 31°C 28°C 23°C 18°C 13°C
Rainfall (mm) 91 95 103 78 88 115 150 134 104 77 69 80

Overview

Fayetteville is a city located in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Built along the Cape Fear River, the city boasts rolling landscapes of lush forests, waterfalls and wildlife. At first glance, it may seem much like any other American city, but its strong ties to the military combined with its distinctive southern charm, will soon make you realise there is far more to this city than meets the eye.

Home to the US army post of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville has long enjoyed a history that is rooted in the military. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum has a number of interesting exhibits, while for a broader history of the area, the Museum of the Cape Fear and Arsenal Park are also good options.

There are also some excellent outdoor attractions, particularly the Cape Fear River Trail and Botanical Gardens. Lake Rim Park and Fantasy Lake are great places to enjoy a picnic or concert, with lots of activities to keep the young ones busy too! Carver’s Fall is a natural landmark in the heart of the surrounding forest, and can be accessed via zipline and treetop tours.

Downtown Fayetteville is home to some historical sites and museums. The old Market House is a prominent landmark and you’ll find many markets sporting vintage items and local delicacies.

Visa & Customs

A United States Tourist Visa is required for South Africans travelling anywhere within the United States. You’ll need to make sure that your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return and that there are at least 2 pages free for stamps. Visa processing can take a few months, so leave plenty of time and ensure you have all the required documents.

For further information, see the Embassy website

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates are located in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Health & Safety

Fayetteville, along with the rest of North Carolina, is a fairly safe area with no violent crime known to occur towards tourists or locals. As almost all bars and restaurants accept credit cards, there is no need to carry around large amounts of cash. Exercise the usual safety precautions and be vigilant of your surroundings. Do not walk down unlit streets or empty alleyways at night and avoid attracting unnecessary attention to yourself.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG FAYETTEVILLE
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 167
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 47
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 51
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 19
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 76
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