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About Louisville

Home of the Kentucky derby, Louisville is a fascinating city in the USA. With a population of more than 1.2 million residents, it is the largest city in the state of Kentucky. Louisville is all about the races, a fantastic array of museums and serene nature parks. Attractions include Louisville Slugger Museum, Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs.

Cheap flights to Louisville are now available for a limited period, so get ready to spend some time at the races! Louisville is home to Louisville International Airport (SDF), located on a 10-minute drive or scenic 40-minute train ride from the city centre. Louisville International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg. The flight duration is approximately 19 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Louisville

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Derby Museum

One of the state’s most popular attractions caters for the whole family. Learn all about the horse racing with interactive displays and what makes a thoroughbred winner. Better yet, catch a race at the legendary Churchill Downs.

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Underground Adventure

The world’s only underground zip-lining course can be found in Mega Cavern. Explore 1930s mining, geology and history – its 100 acres full of fun and exciting activities, including a professional bike park.

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Serene Parks

Not to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the city, Louisville has an array of tranquil, beautiful parks that are perfect for afternoon walks, such as Cherokee Park, Beckley Creek Park and Tom Sawyer Park.

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 = 0.06 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Louisville International Airport (SDF)
Airline American Airlines
Time Zone GMT -4
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Louisville

Louisville is known to have hot, humid summers with average day time temperatures between 28 - 30°C. The city also experiences its most rainfall then. Winter in the city is cold but not severe, with average temperatures between 4 - 7°C. Heavy snowfall is also quite common. The best time to visit Louisville is in spring (March to May) or during autumn (September to November) as this is when the weather is moderate and also, the prices of flights and accommodation to the city are very reasonable. For cheap flights to Louisville, consider visiting between December and February.

Weather & Climate in Louisville

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -5°C -3°C 2°C 7°C 12°C 17°C 19°C 18°C 14°C 7°C 3°C -2°C
High °C 4°C 7°C 13°C 19°C 24°C 28°C 30°C 29°C 26°C 20°C 13°C 7°C
Rainfall (mm) 87 87 112 100 114 90 105 83 75 68 92 89

Home of the American Derby, a horse racing event for thoroughbred ponies, Louisville is the largest and friendliest city in all of Kentucky. Churchill Down is the famous racetrack where all the derby fun takes place. Track enthusiasts will have a grand old time with seven racecourses and an impressive Twin Spires grandstand. After a day at the races, head over to the Derby Museum for all the fun facts, history and interactive games for the kids.

There’s no shortage of history that can be found in the various museums around – some of the city’s top attractions. Top of the list include the famous Slugger Museum that caters to baseball enthusiasts, Muhammad Ali Museum with realistic boxing activities, the Frazier History museum for the knights in shining armour and the Speed Art artistic museum. Oh, and the city is also home of Kentucky Fried Chicken!

As for the adrenaline junkies, make sure to visit Mega Cavern. This underground adventure arena was once an industrial mine, built in the 1930s. Now you can indulge in some crazily fun activities such as quad-biking, rock climbing and even zip lining. It also houses the largest bike track in the entire world.

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South Africans who wish to visit Louisville, Kentucky 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

Louisville is quite a safe city with minimal crimes reported. There are security guards around most attractions and out in the streets in the evenings as well. There are beggars around who may ask for money but they are not rude. As with most big cities, it is important to be cautious and aware of your surroundings. It is not a good idea to keep large amounts of money and important documents in your possession. Instead, store it in your hotel safe.

There are no vaccines required for your trip to the USA. However, it is important to be up to date with your vaccines and to visit your doctor for a check-up before any international travel.

Item Johannesburg Cape Town Louisville
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 138.92
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 49.62
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 42.14
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 16.44
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 70.79
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