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The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

When to visit South Africa

The climate in South Africa is temperate all year round, so it is generally ideal to visit the country any time. The country gets cooler temperatures than the other countries within the same latitude because it has higher elevation.

During summer, which begins in the middle of October up to the middle of February, the average temperature falls below 30 °C (86 °F).

From mid-February until April, the country experiences the autumn season. During the season, the weather is warm, which is ideal for sightseeing and traveling.

Wintertime begins in May and stays until July. The season brings in cold weather in the plateau region, but it is usually only in the mountains that the snow falls.

Spring is experienced from the month of August till the middle of October – in time for the flower festivals that are held in the Western and Northern Cape.

The temperatures vary depending on where you plan to go in South Africa. For example, in Durban, the average high is at 28 °C (82.4 °F) during summer; at wintertime, the average low is at 11 °C (51.8 °F).

The warmest month in Cape Town is January, when the average high is at 26 °C (78 °F), and the coldest month is July where it gets the average low temperature of 8.3 °C (47 °F).

It is recommended that you plan your visit according to where you intend to go or what you want to do in the country. The busiest seasons happen from the middle of December until the beginning of January, when there are many festivities that are happening. Many tourists also flock the country during mid-winter.