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About New Orleans

Dubbed the “Big Easy” and “most unique city in America”, New Orleans is an enchanting alchemy of soulful acoustics, hoodoo folklore, eccentric old world cookin’ and outlandish traditions. New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana and home to an estimate population of over 400,000 people. Attractions include Jackson Square, Bourbon Street and St. Louis Cathedral.

Allow yourself to surrender to the rugged voodoo rhythms and jazzy decadence of the Big Easy with cheap flights to New Orleans. The city is home to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), which is a 25-minute drive from the city. The airport serves a multitude of airlines, including British Airways, American Airlines and United Airlines. Popular international flights to New Orleans depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 20 hours and 32 minutes.

Why visit New Orleans

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Mardi Gras

No city does it better than New Orleans. Masquerade balls, decadent parties, extravagant parades and flamboyant feather-clad revellers continue this wild and colourful tradition that has endured since 1699.

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Swamp Tours

Embark on a tour into the mysterious bayou and discover why its mystical murky depths have inspired songs and legends. Kayak through cypress groves or brave a night swamp tour.

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Legendary Nightlife

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and home to the iconic French Quarter, a hub of juke joints, dive bars and blues clubs. The night begins in Bourbon Street.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
Airline Delta Air Lines / United Airlines
Time Zone GMT-6
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans experiences a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures range from 32 degrees Celsius in summer to 8 degrees Celsius in winter. The city experiences significant rainfall throughout the year. The best time to visit New Orleans is from February to May when the weather is balmy and major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival are in full swing. December and January are great months to visit If you want to avoid the boisterous celebrations and high rates. Notable events include the Creole Tomato Festival (June), Essence Festival (July) and Voodoo Music + Art Experience (October). For cheap flights to New Orleans, the best time to visit is during summer (June to August). These months coincide with hurricane season.

Weather & Climate in New Orleans

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 8°C 10°C 13°C 16°C 20°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 18°C 13°C 9°C
High °C 17°C 18°C 22°C 25°C 28°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 30°C 26°C 21°C 18°C
Rainfall (mm) 117 107 119 122 114 140 168 147 122 89 97 117

Overview

New Orleans is a colourful quilt of sensational eccentricities. It is a city that inspires indulgence and celebrates life like no other place on earth.

The feverish soul of New Orleans is everywhere. It is in the sweet tang that hangs in the air and jazzy riffs that drift out of Frenchmen Street. It is etched into the faces of the locals and entwined in the shaggy roots of the bayou. It dances on the sidewalk and hunches over saxophones in smoky blues bars.

You will feel it prickle your skin as you wander down Bourbon Street and stroll through the bustling walkways of Jackson Square. You will see it hanging off the lacy Victorian façades in the French Quarter and historic tomb of the ‘Voodoo Queen’ Marie Laveau.

It will invite you to join in the wild revelry of Carnival and explore obscure attractions such as the Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans’ Historic Voodoo Museum and Old Absinthe House. And it will convince you to chase the velvety rhythms of jazz through the city streets on a streetcar.

New Orleans invites you to give in to its hoodoo magic and let the good times roll!

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do require a visa to travel to North America. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months and three blank pages available for entry stamps. Processing can also be a lengthy process, so it is advisable to leave considerable time for this.

Visas can be organised via the US Consulate General in Cape Town, Durban, or Johannesburg.

Cape Town - 2 Reddam Ave, Steenberg, 7945. Phone: (+27) 021 702 7300 Durban - 303 Dr Pixley Kaseme St, Durban Central, 4001. Phone: (+27) 031 305 7600 Johannesburg - 1 Sandton Dr, Sandhurst, 2146. Phone: (+27) 011 290 3000

Health & Safety

Although New Orleans is a fairly safe city, it is a sprawling city, so crime does happen. However, if you use common sense and take certain precautions, you should be able to avoid troublesome situations. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.

Smash and grab robberies and pick-pocketing does happen, so valuables should be left in the hotel safe. You should also avoid flashy displays of wealth and carrying large sums of cash. Avoid venturing out of the busy, well-lit areas at night and solo forays into isolated areas (particularly cemeteries). Use registered taxis to get around at night.

New Orleans is at risk for tropical storms. Follow news channels for updates on approaching storms and familiarise yourself with emergency protocols in the event of flooding and hurricanes.

Proof of vaccination is required if you are travelling from an area infected with Yellow Fever. Immunisation against hepatitis B and rabies is recommended. Other routine and recommended vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella and polio.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG NEW ORLEANS
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 225.67
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 41.91
Cappuccino (regular) R 23.32 R 22.67 R 48.06
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 19.23
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 39.50 R 40.00 R 76.40
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