South Africa: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go?

Discover the perfect time to visit South Africa from average weather conditions in many locations like Pretoria or Stellenbosch, here.

Best time to go to Africa?

When is the best time to go to South Africa?

The climate in South Africa is very mild throughout the entire year, with some regional variations. Thus, the west coast is enjoyable most of the time, but the best time to admire the nature awakening from its torpor in the Cape region is during the spring months from October to November. In addition, holiday tourists are still scarce and prices are reasonable.

The peak tourist season in South Africa is during the summer, between mid-December and March. Christmas festivities as well as those of the new year are very lively. If one prefers to avoid such enthusiastic crowds, this season is also conducive with the discovery of other facets in South Africa.

For safari passionists, the dry season which also coincides with the winter season, lends itself to the best time for the observation of animals that can no longer hide behind lush vegetation. In the end, the best time to visit Kruger Park is definitely from July to September.

So, when is the best time to go to South Africa? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In South Africa, the weather is good everywhere in April, May, August, September and October
  • The weather is good all year in Cape Town
  • On average, the warmest months in Cape Town are January, February, March and December, and the coldest months are June, July and August
  • The rainiest months in this city are June and August
  • The cities with the best climate are Cape Town, Durban, Parc Kruger, Hermanus, Knysna, Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Richards Bay, Sodwana Bay and Stellenbosch, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Cape Town are January, February, March, November and December

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in South Africa for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
tolerable to perfect* South Africa in january
tolerable to perfect* South Africa in february
tolerable to perfect* South Africa in march
good to perfect* South Africa in april
good to perfect* South Africa in may
tolerable to perfect* South Africa in june
tolerable to perfect* South Africa in july
good to perfect* South Africa in august
good to perfect* South Africa in september
good to perfect* South Africa in october
tolerable to perfect* South Africa in november
very bad to perfect* South Africa in december

When to go to South Africa by city

Cape Town

Best time to go to Cape Town

The best months to go to Cape Town are january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Durban

Best time to go to Durban

The best months to go to Durban are january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Johannesburg

Best time to go to Johannesburg

The best months to go to Johannesburg are march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Parc Kruger

Best time to go to Parc Kruger

The best months to go to Parc Kruger are february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Pretoria

Best time to go to Pretoria

The best months to go to Pretoria are february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.


Climate and Weather in South Africa

As the name suggests, South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, which in turn creates seasons that are the complete opposite of France. In other words, when France is experiencing the summer season, South Africa is enduring the winter and vice versa. Due to the reason that South Africa extends so greatly, closing in on Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and even Swaziland, it experiences great changes in climates depending on the region where one is located.

South Africa : Bolotwa, South Africa

The Climate in South Africa on the Coast of the Atlantic Ocean

On the shores of the Atlantic ocean, the climate in South Africa is generally warmer and becomes more and more dry when approaching the north, towards the deserts of Namibia. The seashores, on the other hand, remain pleasant.

The Climate Around the Cape Area

The Cape enjoys a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. In general, summers range from September to April due to the southern hemisphere and these months are rather hot and dry - the rain at this time of year being almost nonexistent. In terms of winter, this season offers a mild temperature that never drops into the negatives.

The Climate on the Indian Ocean Coast

While South Africa has a large coastline that extends along the Atlantic Ocean, it also has a large one extending along the Indian Ocean. In this part of the country, the climate passes from temperate on one side of the cape to subtropical on the next. For this reason, in cities such as Durban, it is quite warm but humid, especially between the months of January and February.

Th Climate around Johannesburg

The climate in South Africa around the area of Johannesburg offers dry but especially sunny winters. However, it is not uncommon in the summer to see torrential and very impressive downpours as well as early evening thunderstorms that punctuate the heat during the day! The climate is much like that of Gaborone in Botswana, their neighbor.

The Climate in Karoo

In Karoo, located west of the country, the inland area undergoes almost desert like climates. Thus, the heat is almost unbearable and one feels as though they are suffocating, due to lack of fresh air.


Temperatures and rainfall in South Africa

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of South Africa and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Parc Kruger and Pretoria, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities..


Map of South Africa

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cities in South Africa (Hover over the icons for more information on the weather)

About South Africa

What can I do in South Africa?

Beaches / swimming

Nature and countryside

Culture and heritage

Sports

Family travel

Crafts / shopping

Gastronomy

Nightlife

Is this weather information for South Africa reliable?

Climate data for South Africa has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for South Africa allows us to determine the average for each month in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Parc Kruger, Pretoria, Hermanus, Kimberley, Knysna, and 6 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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