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About Gainesville

Gainesville is Florida’s premier college town. This destination is home to more than 128,000 residents, and provides a vibrant holiday experience thanks to its large student population. The town boasts a thriving art scene and access to amazing natural surroundings. Popular attractions include the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Butterfly Rainforest and Paynes Prairie.

Prepare yourself for the fast-paced environment of this energetic town, because cheap flights to Gainesville are now available for a limited time! Gainesville is the home of Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), which is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Gainesville Regional Airport serves a number of airlines, including American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Popular flights to Gainesville are available from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Gainesville is approximately 19 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Gainesville

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Gorgeous Landscapes

Spending a few days in Gainesville will give you the opportunity to explore breath-taking natural scenes, at locations such as Mountain View Park and Lake Alice.

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Iconic Wildlife

Discover all the amazing wildlife at the scenic wetlands of Paynes Prairie. This beautiful environment will lead you to thrilling guided encounters with a variety of charming, fascinating and exotic creatures.

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Thriving Arts Scene

Thanks to the students at the University of Florida, Gainesville offers you an energetic art and music scene. Enjoy performances at a variety of historic theatres and cinemas.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English / Spanish / Chinese / French / Creole / German
Hub Airport Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
Airline American Airlines
Time Zone GMT - 5
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Gainesville

Gainesville experiences hot summers (June – August) and mild winters (December – February). There is rainfall throughout the year, which reaches its peak in the summer and is at its lowest during November (late autumn). Gainesville receives the most visitors during November, thanks to the low rainfall and warm temperatures. You can avoid the hustling environment of this peak period by visiting this destination from December to March (early spring). Temperatures during this time range from mild to warm, while the rainfall increases slightly.

Weather & Climate in Gainesville

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 6°C 7°C 10°C 13°C 17°C 20°C 22°C 22°C 20°C 15°C 10°C 7°C
High °C 19°C 21°C 24°C 27°C 30°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 31°C 28°C 24°C 20°C
Rainfall (mm) 90 112 100 69 89 167 173 197 136 60 57 72

Get ready for a change of pace in Northern Florida with a holiday in Gainesville. Home to the University of Florida, this destination includes an energetic student population, which contributes to its vibrant scene. This is countered by the town’s proximity to amazing landscapes, offering adventure seekers a range of exciting outdoor activities.

Gainesville provides you with two of the major highlights of the state of Florida: fascinating wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Take a tour through amazing scenes at attractions such as the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, and discover a variety of animals at Paynes Prairie, which includes alligators, Florida Cracker horses, Florida Cracker cattle, plains bison and more than 270 bird species.

During your time exploring this destination in Florida, enjoy the live entertainment on offer, courtesy of the buzzing student population. Venues that you should check out include the Gainesville Community Play House, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre and Hippodrome State Theatre.

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You will need a tourist visa to enter the United States of America and visit Gainesville. Make sure you leave enough time for visa processing. Your passport will need to be valid for six months after your return date and have two blank pages available for stamps. For more information, you can contact the following embassies and consulates in South Africa:

• United States Embassy in Pretoria: +27124314000

• United States Consulate in Johannesburg: +27112903000

• United States Consulate in Durban: +27313057691

• United States Consulate in Cape Town: +27217027493

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC, serves Gainesville.

Address: 3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Phone: +2022324400 Fax: +2022449417

While Gainesville is a relatively safe destination, it would be wise to stay alert.

In your hotel, use the security boxes or safes that are available to keep your valuables secure. Make sure your room is always locked when you are out, and if there are extra locks, use them when you are in your room. In the event of a fire, use the stairs to exit from upper floors.

When driving, put all your valuables in the boot/trunk. Your vehicle should always be parked in a well-travelled and well-lit area and be locked at all times.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Gainesville
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R132.45
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R43.05
Cappuccino (regular) R22.33 R22.34 R48.72
Taxi 1km (normal tarriff) R10.00 R10.00 R21.81
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R37.50 R37.50 R72.85
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