The Best Time of Year to Visit South Africa

When to enjoy this country of contrasts

Zoë Poulsen
7 min readFeb 12, 2023
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With its spectacular landscapes, extraordinary biodiversity, great food and wine, relatively low cost of living and plethora of tourist destinations, South Africa makes for an attractive destination for visitors from around the world.

But planning a first trip to a new destination can be overwhelming. Deciding the best time of year to visit is an important question to answer to get the best out of your visit.

So in this article, I’ve taken a look at some of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, and the best seasons to visit them.

When to Visit Cape Town

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Located at the southwesternmost tip of the African continent, the mountainous coastal city of Cape Town has a mediterranean climate. This means that it has cool rainy winters and hot dry summers.

In the winter, there are sunny days with an average max of 20 °C (68 °F) that are interspersed between rainy days with temperatures with an average minimum of 10 °C (50 °F).



Zoë Poulsen

Botanist, freelance writer and conservationist based in Cape Town at the heart of South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region.