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The Best Time Of The Year To Visit South Africa


While there is no bad time to go to this country, the best time to visit South Africa depends on what you hope to do.

Those travelling to Cape Town will experience warm days and less wind when visiting during early summer, from October to April.

May to October is great for safaris in the Kruger, Sabi Sands and Madikwe Game Reserve with lower grasses and great visibility. The wetter summer months, however, see fuller waterholes and newborn animals.

The winelands are great to visit all year round, while those visiting for South Africa’s beautiful wild flowers will want to head over in August and September.

Safari May – October

Wildflowers August – September

Cape Town October – April

Ostriches in straight line, South Africa

What is the best season to visit South Africa?

In general, most of South Africa has warm days and cooler nights, but conditions do vary from region to region.

Aim to visit in April and May or September and October for the most agreeable and predictable weather.

You’ll find the climate has a Mediterranean feel down in the south west, while the interior plateau is a little more temperate. The north east leans towards sub-tropical, while a small part of the north west has a desert-like climate.

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