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Best Time To Visit South Africa

Like most of Africa, South Africa is also a year round destination due to its size, regional climates and wildlife viewing prospects.

The Best Time to visit Cape Town


If you are looking to travel in the Southern part of the country then Cape Town is best during its summer months (British winter) At this time of year the sky is crystal clear and the weather is warm. Observing whales is a popular option for wildlife viewing in Cape Town and the annual migrations can even be seen from shore. The annual migrations however, occur in the winter months (British summer) between June and November with the calving season falling in July and August. This is when Cape Town is generally colder, however this time of year presents wonderful opportunities for observing the whales. 


The Best Time for a safari in South Africa;


Game viewing in the northern parks is traditionally best done over the winter (June until September) when the climate is cooler and drier. The evenings are chilly but the days are warm and as September progresses into October and November the temperatures start to rise as does the humidity and the liklihood of rain. Between June and September (the dry season), the vegetation is lower and thinner, generally making predators easier to spot. Animals tend to congregate nearer the waterholes and the cooler temperatures mean the animals are active for longer, providing great viewing opportunities.


What is the best time to go on a safari in South Africa;


Game viewing, however can occur all year round. The start of the rains in late October and early November signal the return of the migratory birds. The vegetation is transformed from rusty brown to emerald green and the water supply becomes plentiful. This does tend to make game viewing more tricky, however the contrasting colours are striking for any keen photographer. 

The Best Month to visit South Africa


Please see our detailed climate charts below


Cape Town

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in Cape Town

252524221917171718202224

Min Temp Night in Cape Town

15151412108889101214

Hours of Sunshine in Cape Town

1110976567791011

Hours of Daylight in Cape Town

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Number Rainy Days in Cape Town

54581213131411966

Rainfall in Cape Town

3221438213618916416396614043

Kruger

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in Kruger

323231292826262729293032

Min Temp Night in Kruger

212019161167913161820

Hours of Sunshine in Kruger

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Hours of Daylight in Kruger

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Number Rainy Days in Kruger

9986322237109

Rainfall in Kruger

93936837141112926436696

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