Best Times to Visit South Africa

Discover the best things to see and do in South Africa whatever the time of year…

Best time to visit

South Africa has a pleasant climate all year long, but the weather can vary depending on where and when you go. Whether you want to take a sunny hike up Table Mountain or escape the rain in one of Cape Town’s many museums, there’s something to enjoy all year round.

At Scott Dunn, our travel experts know the best times to travel to South Africa for a range of different experiences and can help you plan a truly bespoke vacation based on when you want to go. From tips for avoiding peak tourist times to luxury hotel recommendations, let us help you discover the best of South Africa, no matter the time of year.



When is the Best Time to Visit South Africa?

Looking for the best time to visit South Africa to catch a glimpse of your favorite animal on safari? Or maybe you want to know when you should travel to make the most of the sunshine?

Planning when to take a South African vacation depends on what you’d like to see and do while you’re there. From spotting whales along the Garden Route to exploring the Western Cape’s dramatic landscapes, there’s something to enjoy all year round.

Because it’s in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa’s seasons are opposite to the US’, with June, July and August being the main winter months. But, just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean it’s cold; temperatures are typically in the 70s and 80s during this time. Pleasant weather throughout the year makes South Africa a great destination to visit throughout the seasons.

Here are some of our top ways to enjoy South Africa’s stunning natural sites and bustling cities at different times of the year.

Climate guide for South Africa

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