South Africa: A Month By Month Guide

January – Days are hot, dry, and sometimes windy in the Western Cape, so if you want to explore Cape Town or drive along the scenic Garden Route, this is a great month to travel. Over in the Kruger National Park it’s hot and wet.

February – Things are hotting up in the Cape, so head to the coast for some cooling breezes.

March – The northern wet season is coming to an end, and vegetation is lush in the Kruger. Temperatures throughout the country remain warm.

April – It’s dry with pleasant temperatures this month, making April a very popular time to visit all areas of the country, including Durban and the southern coast.

May – Parks are less busy during May, and temperatures fall a little with nights becoming quite chilly, so this can be a superb time to visit, especially for safaris.

June – Winter is in full swing, so roaring evening fires are a real highlight. Temperatures during the day are mild, so travel in June is highly recommended. Wildlife in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is easy to spot as vegetation becomes sparser.

July – Over in the Cape expect rain showers and cooler temperatures, but head to the Western Cape coast for a spot of whale watching around Hermanus. It’s warm and dry up north, making safaris particularly rewarding.

August – Visit during August to see the start of the floral blooms in the Cederberg Mountains, which continue for several months. It’s colder down in Cape Town, but warmer over in KwaZulu Natal, and the whales are still around in Hermanus.

September – During the day it begins to get warmer in all of South Africa, so September is a super month for cross-country travel, combing all your favourite regions. It’s a good time to see new-borns on safari too.

October – This is a hot month, but still dry in the north. Elsewhere it’s the start of the wet season, although the rain doesn’t stop play, including on safari.

November – The whale watching season comes to an end, it’s hot throughout South Africa. It starts to rain in the Kruger and KwaZulu Natal with some impressive thunderstorms. Head inland to the Karoo before the mercury rises too much.

December – Days are hot and dry over in the Cape, so this is a popular month for summer strolls through the Winelands. It will be busy over the Christmas period, with prices to match the demand.

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