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Whether you’re looking to celebrate Mardi Gras in March, or relax to the sounds of Louisiana’s iconic Jazz Fest in April, can help you find and book the cheapest flights to New Orleans.

In New Orleans the good times are perpetually rolling down Bourbon Street. Once you’ve soaked up the scenery of the historic French Quarter, tour the elegant Garden District and meet the colourful characters of Frenchmen Street. Experience the city's supernatural vibe at the Voodoo Museum or by taking a guided ghost or vampire tour through taverns, alleyways, and cemeteries.

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Why visit New Orleans?

  • Sip on the world’s first cocktail formerly known as the Sazerac at the Sazerac Bar, or indulge in the best cuisine in America at the Bywater, for an unforgettable taste bud experience
  • Spend a beautiful day riding on bikes and discovering the charm of Bayou St. John which is home to stunning sculpture gardens, city parks and museums
  • New Orleans is known for their exquisite Jazz music so it would only be right that you get to experience this at the Preservation Hall which is run by local tuba player Ben Jaffe. It is truly the best way to immerse yourself in the culture
United States Dollar ($)
Dialing Code:
00 + 1 + Area Code + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~0.07 $
Time Zone:
CST (UTC-6), Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5). New Orleans is 7 hours behind South Africa
Drives on the right
New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Type A/ B (Frequency 60Hz: Voltage 120V)

Any time of year is a good time to visit, with the exception of July and August as these months become extremely hot and are not pleasant for sight-seeing. This city is not recognized as a big holiday destination but during December it is filled with plenty holiday decorations making it one of those destinations you have to visit at least once during a festive season as the locals know how to celebrate.

There are various languages spoken in New Orleans, it is a very diverse place. The main language that is spoken in this city is English but there are also many individuals that speak French, Spanish and German.

  • The first opera in the United States was performed in New Orleans in 1796.
  • New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz music.
  • This city is also the birthplace of the legendary singer Louis Armstrong.

Attractions abound across the southern city of New Orleans. You will want to explore the French Quarter to get started, which has highlights such as Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market, New Orleans Mint and The Historic New Orleans Collection. Other notable attractions include the National World War II Museum; Contemporary Arts Center; New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA); Ogden Museum of Southern Art; Audubon Nature Institute (consists of a zoo, aquarium, garden and insectarium); Longue Vue House and Gardens; New Orleans Botanical Garden; City Park; Louis Armstrong Park and many, many other sights too

Shopping is a rewarding, fun experience – even if you can only window shop. Try the French Quarter for interesting markets and stores (you may even find some voodoo items if you are visiting during one of the many festivals held throughout the year); Magazine Street for high-end furniture; home products and clothes; antique shops for vintage treasures; bookstores for rare books and literary finds; music stores for good jazz albums and occult shops for truly one of a kind items to take home.

Public transport is well-managed and readily available. There are plenty of streetcars that run across the city, along with scheduled buses; bicycle rental shops; Canal Street ferries and car hire options. You can also easily walk around parts of the city during the day (or stroll Bourbon Street at night). As the roads can get busy, bicycling is a fun, easy way to get around at your own pace – there are many shops offering bikes to rent so keep an eye out while you’re in town.

New Orleans is a fairly safe destination to visit, but like most big cities there are good and bad sides, so it is advised to remain vigilant at all times. If you are not from here you would have not experienced the heat of this city, which can be extremely unbearable so remain hydrated at all times especially if you plan on sight-seeing.

New Orleans is known for throwing the most elaborate celebrations and great music, but most people keep coming back to get their hands on the tantalising New Orleans southern cuisine. From the turtle soup at the Commander’s Palace, to the fried alligator and cheesecake at Jacques-lmo’s, this city will have you hooked and craving more of what it has to offer.

The best restaurants to try out include:

  • Coquete
  • Cochon Butcher
  • Irene’s Cuisine
  • GW Fins
  • Shaya

The most followed religion of New Orleans is Christianity, with many of the locals affiliating themselves with Catholicism faith. New Orleans’ colonial history of French and Spanish settlement has resulted in a strong Catholic tradition. There are Jewish, Islamic and eastern individuals that practice these faiths. Individuals in New Orleans are very friendly and welcoming. The culture of this city is expressed through its music, festivals and cuisine, which play a big role in the culture of New Orleans, making the city so intriguing.

South Africans require Visas for entry to the United States which must be arranged in advance. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

Address: 3051 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States.
Telephone: +1 202-232-4400
Fax: (+1) 202 265 1607

Item Cape Town Johannesburg New Orleans
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 208.90
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 41.78
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 47.97
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 20.77
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 82.52

New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport – MSY is a commercial airport that serves New Orleans.

Food and beverage: Try PJ’s Coffee for refreshments – there are branches in every part of the airport.

Currency Exchange: Travelex America Business Center offers currency exchange and other financial services – it is found in the West Terminal.

Lost Luggage: The Lost and Found office is situated on the Upper Level in the Concourse C Lobby near the Airport Police (open Monday to Friday, 08h00AM – 17h00PM).

Airport Hotels: Hotels near to the airport include Hilton New Orleans Airport, Holiday Inn Express and Suites New Orleans Airport, Days Inn New Orleans Airport, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport and others.

Car Hire: Rental companies at this airport include Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Dollar, National, Thrifty among others.

Airport Hub: Louis Armstrong International Airport (code MSY) is a hub for hub for Southwest Airlines, Delta and a number of other airlines, serving flights to and from major destinations across the US and beyond.

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The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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