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 in Africa?

When is the best time to go in 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, what is the best time to go in South Africa? Here is 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 for visiting 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 month 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 all information about the climate and the weather city by city in South Africa for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

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When to go in South Africa by cities

Cape Town

Best time to visit Cape Town

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

Durban

Best time to visit Durban

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

Johannesburg

Best time to visit Johannesburg

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

Parc Kruger

Best time to visit Parc Kruger

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

Pretoria

Best time to visit Pretoria

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


Climate and Weather of 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 rainfall month by month for the cities of of Cape Town, of Durban, of Johannesburg, of Parc Kruger et of Pretoria, as well as the sea temperature months by month for the coastal cities..


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Map of South Africa

Hover on cities to obtain information about weather.


About of South Africa

What to do in South Africa ?

Beaches / bathing

Nature and landscapes

Culture and heritage

Sport

Suitable for families

Crafts / shopping

Food

Night life

Are these weather information for South Africa reliable?

Climate data for South Africa are raised every day since January 2009.Also, 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, Long Tom Pas, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Richards Bay, Sodwana Bay et Stellenbosch.

So yes: these data are reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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