When to go to South Africa

South Africa is good all-year-round destination, and whatever the time of year, there is always something worthwhile to visiting.  However, some consideration should be given to season, as certain regions are at their best in some seasons, and not in others.  Much too will depend upon what activities you are seeking to do.  Do bear in mind that during peak season (July, August, December and early January), flights and hotels are at a premium, with many places booking up well in advance.

General Weather Patterns

As South Africa lies in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are opposite to our own in the UK.  Very generally, South Africa’s coldest weather occurs between June and early September - when visiting the main inland plateau (the highveld) and northern parts of the country, weather is generally sunny and bone dry, although temperatures frequently drop to zero deg.C at night, particularly on the highveld, which ranges up to 5000’.  In summer, these inland areas experience summer rainfall, mostly in the form of short, sudden downpours. The opposite is true of the Western Cape coastal plain (Cape Town and Garden Route), which experiences periodic cold fronts which bring rain during the winter, and generally dry and very warm weather between November and May – in short, weather in the Cape is very Mediterranean.