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In South Africa, certain period of the year are better suited than other for touring. We highly recommend to avoid the rainy season which normally takes place in between the month of November and until the end of January.

best time to visit south africa

It is of importance to note that all bookings during the holidays season must be done quite in advance. These holiday includes, "School Holidays", "Easter", "Chrimstas & New Year", or on any other National Holidays

To view a list of the South African National Holidays click on the link below www.publicholiday.co.za

It is also important to note that during the summer the temperature and humidity in the Natal region can reach levels that will make your stay very uncomfortable at time.

Otherwise, the weather is consistent throughout the year and you can expect some great sunny day during your visit in any of the South African region. It is also very unlikely that your visit will be interrupted by rain. We do experience occasionally some late afternoon storm that cool down the atmosphere during long period of heat and we do enjoy it.

We believe that your visit must be exclusive and by avoiding high density activity we will ensure that you enjoy to the maximum your surrounding and your day to day discovery


South Africa's weather and climate

South Africa is most known for its cool sunshine temperature throughout the year. It's a quite dry country so to say, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm compared to a world average of about 860mm.

With the exception of the Western Cape which is a winter-rainfall region, the rest of the other regions in the country generally get most of its rainfall in summer. Temperatures in South Africa are initially lower than in other countries at similar latitutes such as Australia due mainly to greater elevation above sea level.

On the interior plateau, the altitude Johannesburg lies at 1 694 metres, which keeps the average summer temperatures below 30°C. In winter for the same reason, night time temperatures can drop to a very freezing point, and lower in some places. Being in the southern hemisphere mean our seasons stand in opposition to those of Europe and North America, here in South Africa we spend Christmas on the beach.


Average temperatures (°C) in South Africa


City
Summer
Winter
Min
Max
Min
Max
Bloemfontein
15
31
-2
17
Cape Town
16
26
7
18
Durban
21
28
11
18
East London
18
26
10
21
George
15
25
7
19
Johannesburg
15
26
4
17
Kimberly
18
33
3
19
Mthatha
16
27
4
21
Musina
21
34
7
25
Nelspruit
19
29
6
23
Pietermaritzburg
18
28
3
23
Polokwane
17
28
4
20
Port Elizabeth
18
25
9
20
Richards Bay
21
29
12
23
Skukuza
21
33
6
26
Thohoyandou
20
31
10
24
Upington
20
36
4
21

Summer

This is the season where we spend most of our time swimming and having fun outside. For the most part of South Africa, summer (mid-October to mid-February) is characterised by hot, sunny weather, often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African breeze. It’s only the Western Cape excluded here since most rainfall is experienced in winter, because of its Mediterranean climate.

Autumn

This time of a year is relatively the coolest season, with a mixture of a little hotness and a little coldness, its warm throughout the country except in the Western Cape where autumn is hot, sunny. Autumn (fall) in South Africa (mid-February to April) offers the best weather in some respects. Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season progresses.

Winter

Most regions of the country it’s dry, crisp days, cold nights with low temperatures throughout this season, sometimes with heavy frosts. Winter in South Africa (May to July) can be really freezing especially in the evening and mornings, and it’s cool during the day. It's a good idea to bring warm clothes.

The hot, moist KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain. The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter.

The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, which sometimes brings so much coldness, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are always spread with wonderful days to complete with the best of a British summer.

Spring

For the most part of the country, this season is a recovery season where plants are recovering, getting greener leaves, and flowers brightening up like a rainbow. It’s also a shift from those winter cold temperatures to a much warmer season with rainfall towards the end of the season Nowhere in South Africa can you get a spring (August to mid-October) more spectacular than in the Cape provinces.


Avarage Monthly Temperature and Rainfall for South Africa

Avarage Monthly Temperature and rainfall for South Africa

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