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About Wausau

Wausau is the snow adorned city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Home to 39,106 people, surrounded by woods, lakes and enjoys the abundant combination of big-city pleasures while maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Wausau offers four seasons of adventure and a lively arts scene. Touristic attractions include Granite Peak Ski Area and Forest Park Village.

Cheap flights to Wausau are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to be whisked away to this picturesque city! Wausau is the home of Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA), which is a 20-minute drive away from the city centre. Central Wisconsin Airport serves many airlines - including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Wausau is approximately 22 hours and 29 minutes.

Why visit Wausau

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The Snow Destination

When winter settles, Wausau becomes a winter playground. There are copious amounts of outdoor activities to plunge right into. Lose yourself in exhilarating snowmobiling and downhill skiing at the world renowned Granite Peak.

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Spas

Take pleasure in the several full-service day spas. Once you’ve tired from playing in the snow, enjoy a unique spa experience that will revitalise your body and soul.

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Art

Home to a rising art scene, Wausau is sure to surprise you with its art installations at museums such as Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art, where you will find sculptures, wood art and incredible original paintings.

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
Hub Airport Central Wisconsin Airport
Airline Delta Air Lines / United Airlines / American Airlines
Time Zone GMT -5
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Wausau

Wausau’s climate is best described as temperate and subarctic, with four distinct seasons. During winter (December to February) it is not uncommon to experience sub-zero temperatures. Temperatures remain below freezing point for several months. Summer is generously warm and sunny. Travellers should visit in July and September for festivals such as the Balloon & Rib festival and Beer & Bacon Festival.

Weather & Climate in Wausau

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -14°C -12°C -6°C 1°C 7°C 12°C 15°C 14°C 9°C 3°C -4°C -12°C
High °C -5°C -2°C 4°C 13°C 19°C 24°C 27°C 26°C 21°C 13°C 4°C -3°C
Rainfall (mm) 25 25 46 69 89 109 97 107 99 74 51 36

Overview

Wausau can easily snatch the title for being the best place in the state of Wisconsin to play in the snow. With Granite Peak Ski Area in its arsenal (located on Rib Mountain), it is no wonder it takes pride in being the best winter destination. Explore amongst 74 trails and unleash your adventurous spirit across 400 acres of velvet snow!

This gorgeous metropolis has the best of both worlds, with city attractions and glorious outdoor adventures in nature. Enrich your mind through Wausau’s art scene: must-see attractions include the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and Yawkey House Museum on the National Register of Historic Places.

This city goes out of its way to leave visitors feeling fulfilled through its abundance of things to see and do!

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders require a visa to enter Wausau, Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. Your passport should be valid for 6 months after your return date and have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.

The nearest Consulate-General office is at:

333 East 38th Street 9th Floor New York 10016

Phone: +12122134880

Health & Safety

All visitors going to Wausau, Wisconsin and the rest of the United States should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations before travelling to the city. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and a yearly flu shot. Some travellers may require vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and rabies, depending on what you will be doing in Wausau.

Wausau is a safe city to explore, however, visitors are still encouraged to remain vigilant in crowded spaces and to maintain practical sense to avoid unnecessary incidences.

Staying safe in Wausau:

Do not travel with a large amount of valuables. • Be vigilant of pick-pockets in crowded tourist areas. • Only carry as much cash as you’ll need for a couple of days. • Ensure that your backpack and purse are securely closed.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Wausau
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R159
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R40
Cappucino (regular) R23 R23 R51
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R21
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R108
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