Best Time to Visit South Africa
South Africa has a pleasant climate all year round, but the weather does vary depending on where and when you go. The hottest summer months are November to March, when temperatures in the Western Cape can reach the thirties. In contrast, Kruger National Park experiences rain at this time of year, meaning the foliage is denser and animals can be trickier to spot.
April to October is much cooler in the Western Cape, with June to August being the main winter months. Daytime temperatures are still pleasant (usually late teens) but rainfall can be frequent. On the flip side, this is the dry season in the Kruger, so game becomes much more visible as the bush thins out and animals gather around waterholes. Our main advice for travellers to South Africa is to be flexible. Decide what’s most important to you – be that certain things you want to see or the time of year you want to travel – and put that at the centre of your planning. Whether it’s unbeatable game viewing in the Kruger, migrating whales off the coast of Hermanus or seasonal flowers in the Northern Cape, we can guide you on the best time to visit South Africa; ensuring you witness some truly unmissable moments.
Climate guide for South Africa
|Cape Town & the Western Cape||21°C 13mm||22°C 19mm||20°C 42mm||18°C 72mm||16°C 44mm||14°C 116mm||13°C 112mm||14°C 40mm||17°C 57mm||17°C 152mm||19°C 21mm||20°C 31mm|
|Eastern Cape||22°C 58mm||22°C 76mm||21°C 98mm||19°C 101mm||18°C 33mm||16°C 14mm||17°C 7mm||16°C 5mm||18°C 38mm||19°C 44mm||20°C 58mm||20°C 46mm|
|Garden Route||19°C 8mm||20°C 25mm||19°C 54mm||17°C 8mm||16°C 10mm||14°C 5mm||13°C 13mm||13°C 3mm||16°C 57mm||16°C 11mm||18°C 17mm||19°C 2mm|
|Greater Kruger||-5°C 65mm||-3°C 69mm||0°C 68mm||7°C 83mm||12°C 101mm||18°C 106mm||23°C 74mm||21°C 54mm||18°C 36mm||12°C 141mm||2°C 39mm||0°C 81mm|
|Madikwe and the northwest||25°C 181mm||24°C 154mm||25°C 43mm||19°C 82mm||17°C 0mm||12°C 1mm||12°C 0mm||18°C 0mm||21°C 1mm||26°C 3mm||25°C 121mm||24°C 133mm|