If you want to avoid the crowds of South African holidaymakers, (that pour out of the cities) its best to avoid mid-December to late January.During this time resorts and national parks are booked up and prices on the coast more than double.Other busy periods include school holidays in April, July and September.
Winters in South Africa South Africa is predominantly sunny, but it can get cold in winter and indoor heating is limited so if youre travelling in winter, remember to take some warm clothing.Southern hemisphere seasons are a reversal of those in the north, its mid winter in June and July and mid summer in December and January. Apart from the highest country with frosts and occasional snowfall, winters are mild throughout South Africa.
Cape Town and the garden Route South Africa experiences distinct climatic zones, so it depends where youre going in terms of the best time to visit.Cape Town and the Garden Route coastal region enjoy a Mediterranean climate, influenced by winds from the South Atlantic.Summers tend to be warm and mild but rain can fall at any time of year, whilst winters are cold and wet.March to May could be the perfect time to visit, when the winds have dropped, temperatures are mild and most tourists have gone home.
Kwa Zulu-Natal, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Drakensberg On the other hand, subtropical Kwa Zulu-Natal experiences warm, sunny winters, whilst the provinces Drakensberg range has misty summer days and mountain snow in winter.
Johannesburg and Pretoria have hot summers, but without the humidity of the Kwa Zulu Natal coast, whilst winters are dry with cool nights.
The Lowveld, along the Mozambique border, including Kruger National Park, has similar summer and winter rainfall patterns as the Highveld but experiences greater extremes of temperature because of its lower altitude.
Spring in South Africa Spring is the best time to see wild flowers in Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces.
Average temperature - oC Average Rainfall - mm - South Africa