Fly To Norfolk, Virginia
With a decorated U.S. military history, Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia and home to the world’s largest naval base. It goes without saying that if you’re interested in maritime history and events of the past then you’ll feel quite at home in Norfolk, Virginia. Once known as a somewhat dingy city full of sailors, Norfolk has come a long way and is now the second largest city in the state of Virginia.
But even if you’re not interested in the naval base, battleships and the significant roles that they played in WWII then there are many other peaceful activities to enjoy in Norfolk. Away from the harbour you’ll find beautiful parks and gardens and characterful coffee shops and art galleries to explore at leisure. The warm, subtropical climate makes it a very enjoyable place to spend a few days.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Norfolk, Virginia, or anywhere in the United States. Since all applicants for a USA Visa need to appear at the Consulate in Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg personally, be sure to leave enough time for you Visa application.
- The South African Embassy in the USA is in Washington at 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Van Ness Building Suite 220, Washington DC 20008. Phone: +202 232 4400. There are also Consulate Generals in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.
See and do
You can’t visit Norfolk without exploring the renowned USS Wisconsin, a battleship that earned five battle stars during WWII. For a small entry fee you can explore the inside of the ship and for an additional fee you can take a guided tour that gives you access to places closed to visitors with general admission. It’s fascinating to learn about the ship and its history.
Those interested in WWII or military history will also enjoy a visit to the MacArthur Memorial. Here you can enjoy a proper glimpse into the life of General MacArthur and see some of his memorabilia, one of which is a beautiful vintage Chrysler car. MacArthur is buried onsite and you can visit his grave.
Just because Norfolk has a massive harbour, it doesn’t mean you have to visit the neighbouring Virginia Beach to enjoy soft white sand and seawater around your feet. Norfolk also has numerous beautiful beaches where you can laze a day away.
If you’re after arts and culture, then the small neighbourhood of Ghent is perfect for a mellow visit. This historic district has been transformed into a place where cosy cafes and interesting art galleries line the streets and the character of this part of town is completely different from anywhere else in Norfolk.
Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Children will especially enjoy their time here, playing at one of the many themed gardens and being fascinated by the myriads of colourful butterflies in the butterfly garden.
Norfolk International Airport – ORF
Food and beverage: Home Team Sports Grill, Starbucks, Burger King, Phillips Seafood, Pizza Hut.
Currency Exchange: ATMs are spread out across the airport and the currency exchange office is in the second level lobby.
Lost Luggage: For items lost within the airport terminals, contact the Norfolk Airport Authority. For items lost aboard the aircraft, contact the airline directly.
Airport Hotels: Hilton Norfolk Airport.
Car Hire: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National.
Airport Hub: Norfolk International Airport (code ORF) is a hub for American Airlines.