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About Des Moines

Des Moines is the dynamic capital city in the U.S state of Ohio. With a population of 203,433 residents, and it is named after the Des Moines River. Des Moines is home to a diverse selection of attractions, museums and parks. These include a tour of the Capitol building, Papajohn Sculpture Park and Terrace Hill.

Cheap flights to Des Moines are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore Iowa’s “sleepy capital!” Des Moines is home to Des Moines International Airport (DSM), it is 15-minutes away from the city centre. Des Moines International Airport serves many airlines - including American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Des Moines is approximately 21 hours and 55 minutes!

Why visit Des Moines

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Botanical Garden

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has an impeccable geodesic dome, which is home to free-flying birds, a bonsai collection, orchids and other amazing tropical plants.

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Summer Fair

During summer tourists can join in the fun, which is held at the Iowa State Fair. It runs for 10 days in August, entertainment includes shows, contests and food stands.

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Tourists are exposed to the city’s exquisite art collections. Take a trip to the Des Moines Art Center, which houses diverse paintings, sculptures, modern art and mixed media.

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 Des Moines International Airport
Airline American Airlines / United Airlines
Time Zone GMT -6
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Des Moines

A humid and continental climate, with an array of weather conditions can be enjoyed in Des Moines. For cheap flights to this incredible destination, consider travelling in spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October), when the weather is pleasant for outdoor adventures, and temperatures range from 12 degrees Celsius to 21 degrees Celsius. These seasons are great for avoiding the bustle of holiday crowds. Summer (June to August) is the peak season, with average temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius. The European and International Languages Meetup takes place during the month of July. Des Moines fun Iowa State Fair (August) is also a great reason to visit the city. If you are willing to brave the cold, consider visiting during winter (November to early March), when the city receives a tolerable to heavy snowfall. Hotel deals can be grabbed as the influx of tourists decreases phenomenally during this time.

Weather & Climate in Des Moines

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

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -10°C -7°C -1°C 5°C 11°C 17°C 19°C 18°C 13°C 6°C -1°C -8°C
High °C -1°C 2°C 9°C 17°C 22°C 28°C 30°C 29°C 25°C 17°C 9°C 1°C
Rainfall (mm) 25 33 58 98 120 126 114 105 78 67 56 36

Nestled on the Des Moines River, this city is important in U.S presidential politics with many presidential candidates setting up campaign headquarters in Des Moines. This destination offers a chance to witness incredible sports - take for instance the LPGA Solheim Cup, the most prestigious women’s golf tournament, which will be held at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Tourists can explore innovative street art which can be seen on the sides of buildings. Take a stroll downtown and bear witness to the 28-piece sculpture park, it is a mind-bending experience!

For a more relaxing escape, be sure to enjoy some of the city’s amazing local craft beers – Iowa taproom serves more than 120 craft beers on tap! The Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market will surely excite you, with traditional produce, homemade goods, live music and local art, it is considered one of the best things to do in this lively metropolis.

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South African passport holders require a visa to visit Des Moines, Iowa and the rest of the United States of America. Travellers should allow plenty of time for visa processing. Ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for entry stamps.

The nearest South African Consulate to Iowa is the South African Consulate-General in Chicago.

200 South Michigan Avenue Suite 600 Chicago IL 60604

Phone: +13129397929

All travellers who wish to visit the United States of America and Des Moines are required to receive vaccinations to prevent the following diseases:

• Mumps

• Measles

• Rubella

• Polio

• Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids

• Pertussis

• Haemophilus influenza type B

• Hepatitis B

• Any other vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices.

Des Moines is a safe city for travellers to visit. However, it is necessary to maintain vigilance when visiting attractions, as with every major city!

Staying safe in Des Moines:

• 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.

• Keep some form of identification with you at all times.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Des Moines
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R134
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R40
Cappuccino (regular) R23 R22 R51
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R25
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R97
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