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Best Time To Visit South africa

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

The hottest month in South Africa is February with an average temperature of about 23 degree celsius, while June is the coldest month with an average temperature of about 13 degree Celsius. However, if one is planning an excursion to this place, and want to know the best time to visit South Africa, then the duration from April to October is best to cherish wildlife, July to November duration is preferred for whale watching, while the duration of December to March is best for beach activities. If you have a particular destination in mind, then you can also plan the itinerary accordingly. For ex: November to February can be the best time to visit Victoria Falls

South Africa is a lovely country dotted with wildlife parks and surrounded by beautiful beaches – a lover’s paradise, a family man’s destination and a wanderer’s food for the soul. Needless to say South Africa travel has something to offer to every type of traveller, and that makes the country a year-round destination, suitable for a visit for any season. 

April-October (18° to 7°C)

Since South Africa is located in the southern hemisphere, May to October is the winter season in the country. Weather in South Africa during this time is pleasantly cool and dry and the perfect time for wildlife viewing. With the arrival of April, here is your chance to savor the best wine in the country. Yes, fall is the best time to visit South Africa wine country, i.e. Cape Town for a delightful experience. South Africa is home to multiple national parks and forests which work dedicatedly towards protecting and preserving the great African flora and fauna. These national parks are best visited between May and October. 

For nature lovers, this is definitely the best month to visit South Africa. During this dry season, the activities of the wild animals like migration and hunting can be observed from up close. Thus, it is the best time to visit South Africa for wildlife. But the period from June to August (off season for game viewing) in between is better avoided, since there will be heavy winter rainfall during this period. Safaris restart again in September, when the famous afternoon showers do not interfere with it at all. If you are looking for a refreshing holiday, this is the best season to visit South Africa

November-February (26 to 16°C)

November through February is the summer season here. The climate of South Africa during this time is perfect for a beach holiday at Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. November is good for whale watching at its best, and bird spotting in the northern regions. This time is comparatively less crowded than the winter months, although the holiday and New Year week will see a heavier footfall. For an energetic yet calm holiday, this is the best time to visit South Africa

Famous Festivals in South Africa

National Arts Festival

The National Arts Festivals is one of the most prominent art festivals in South Africa. Held in the city of Grahamstown, it is counted amongst the greatest gatherings of artists from all over the world. The art pieces displayed here are just stunning and makes one think about the different perspectives an individual can have. Such a gathering of brilliant art pieces is sure to invoke the fancy of many. Check out this festival during the months of June to July on your trip to South Africa. As this is considered the best time to visit South Africa for all art lovers, you can book a ticket in advance to be on time. 

Knysna Oyster Festival

If one talks about a festival that people from almost all age groups can enjoy is the Knysna Oyster Festival. It is one of the best outdoor family and community events of South Africa. The main activities and highlights of the festival are Pick n Pay Cape Times Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Cycle Tour. The event is held every year during the months of June and July in Knysna, South Africa. With the arrival of June, here is your chance to experience wildlife at its best. Thus, June onwards is the best time to visit Kruger National Park. Plan your family vacation during this time to make the most of your holiday.

Cape Town Carnival

The Cape Town Carnival is a glitzy and glamorous celebration of the transformative power of creativity and the African identity. This event is one of the best festivals that takes place in South Africa and Cape Town. The entire range of activities and performances here would introduce you to a diverse array of communities and cultures in the country. To enjoy the best of this festival, plan your trip during the month of March.

Climate in South africa

Summer Season in South africa

Summer in South Africa is from around October to March, which is an ideal time for beach holidays in the port cities. In a general sense, South Africa is neither a very cold nor a very hot country. You will hardly find the mercury rising above 35° or going below 17°C which makes it ideal for a vacation during any time of the year.

Monsoon Season in South africa

Rainfall is scattered and unpredictable in South Africa. Cape Town and the Western Cape region experiences winter rainfall during June-August, while the rest of the country gets sudden thunderstorms from December to March. The Eastern Cape on the other hand can see rainfall any time during the year. It is better to be ready for the chances of a rainfall at any point.

Winter Season in South africa

Winter in South Africa is for game viewing in the many national parks and game parks of the country. The opportunities of spotting them in their natural habitat are abundant. It is the ideal time for safaris in Kruger, Madikwe, Pilanesberg, KwaZulu-Natal for family vacations.

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    Jennifer B

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    Jennifer's 11 days trip to South Africa

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    Aniruddha Jasu

    Ashburn

    Aniruddha's 9 days trip to South Africa

    We had an amazing trip to South Africa. It is a beautiful country to visit with very hospitable people around. Everything went well without any hiccups. The hotels, cab drivers and other details were well planned by Nikhil from Besten/MK Holidays, special thanks to him. Some elements which can be im
    proved were the visits planned during our stay at Knysna as they were quite some distance away from our hotel. Will definitely recommend Travel Triangle to others for planning their trips.
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    Sonaleeka Dash

    Bangalore

    Sonaleeka's 6 days trip to South Africa

    Its good ..but i did not had same experience as travel factory they used to provide us our day activity one day ahead.but hear besten tour everything is clumsy and messy every time we have to call our agent to get the details through out the tour.and some othe place we have to pay from our pocket ev
    en after paying for the pacakge. We had a very bad experience with besten tour.Half of things which promised not taked care by the vendor.We paid extra from our pocket for some of the tickets (activity) even after paying the complete amont..vendor promised he will pay us back..but we are still chasing behind him.This is the worst experience I ever had...I will never reccomend any one neither nor besten tour..learn something from travel factory
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    Rajesh Kazankodath

    Pune

    Rajesh's 11 days trip to South Africa

    Was a unique experience in the game safari and capetown. Sandeep was extremely help and was always reachable. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
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    Yanshuk Sharma

    New delhi

    Yanshuk's 8 days trip to South Africa

    everything went very well as planned. hotels were awesome their locations, clean, services & all (except soho hotel in sun city. service was not goodas well as room was not as per expectation). overall trip was awesome. A big thanks to our travel agent Mr. Inderjit (flyocity trip planners pvt. ltd.)
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    Urbi Pal

    Kolkata

    Urbi's 7 days trip to South Africa

    It was awesome. Sun City hotel was very nice but in Cape Town hotel wasn't good
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    Yuvraj Jain

    Mumbai

    Yuvraj's 6 days trip to South Africa

    We recommend the services of Trip Market to anyone who wishes to travel according to their wishes. Everything is well organised and ultimate customer satisfaction is something that they really excel at.
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    Utkarsh Upadhyay

    New delhi

    Utkarsh's 7 days trip to South Africa

    Would recommend the location to everyone for a must-visit Bucket list item. Would NEVER recommend the travel agent to anyone regarding any trip. About the destination: South Africa is definitely one of the best places to visit in the months of January. The weather is pleasant throughout the day wi
    th light breezes greeting you wherever you go. We were really lucky with our safari in Kwantu as we were able to sight almost all of the variety of wildlife that they have in the reserve. The stay at Kwantu was also equally comfortable. Knysna and Oudtshoorn were another pair of scenic locations and the drive from Port Elizabeth to Kwantu to Knysna & Oudtshoorn was undoubtedly one of the best drives I have ever had. The visit to Cape Town was as exciting as we were expecting and the city welcomed us with a marvelous evening sky as we drove in. The local sightseeing service available in the city was a good enough option as it drove us through almost all the places of interest within and around the city. The Table Top Mountain did live to it's grandeur and the view from up top was really breathtaking. The entire Cape peninsula as well as the town were so tiny yet so vast. The Cape Peninsula tour on the next day was equally interesting, covering the entirety of the Cape of Good Hope, the Botanical garden, Hout Bay Harbour and the most awaited Jackass Penguin colony in Boulders beach. About the travel agent: The approach of MKHolidays before and after the first payment for the trip was in dire contrast. While they were following up with us multiple times throughout the day with even minor changes in the itinerary before we made the first payment, after that we had to call them up over 4-5 times for every update or voucher request. We did no get the hotel vouchers till the very last week of our travel. The flight ticket from Johannesberg to Port Elizabeth were given to us at midnight just before the day of our flight. Without that, we had been stranded in JoBerg with no onward flight tickets. The downpayment for the car rental which was included in the travel package had not been made and I had to pay for the same from my pocket. Upon arrival in Cape Town, when we went to Holiday Inn (a 4-star property), we were told that there was no booking in our name and the hotel voucher given to us for that place was invalid. All calls to MKHolidays went unanswered & the Travel Triangle representative merely shrugged off saying that he would not be able to help as the bookings were under the agent's purview. I had to pay for the first night from my own pocket. Upon the next day, I was told that the hotel booked for me was the Holiday Inn Express (a 3-star property), even though the package specifically included the other property. We reluctantly moved to Holiday Inn Express, only to realize that our booking there was cancelled due to a no-show the previous night. We had to wait for a longer time for the bookings to get re-listed. The vouchers for each day's activity were given to us only on the previous midnight. This caused an aura of uncertainty throughout our trip as we never knew what time we had to wake up the next day for the pickup. Had South Africa not been that marvelous a country, the callous approach of the travel agent during the trip would definitely have ruined the experience for us.
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    Vidhan Khanna

    Mumbai

    Vidhan's 11 days trip to South Africa

    It was a troubled trip with respect to service of the agent since day 1. Attention to detail to itenary was very poor. First they were denying many inclusion but on closer scrutiny of the itenary they finally relented. Second there was lots of errors regarding to hotel and dates. I had to check each
    and every voucher they provided and it used to be wrong on couple of occasions. Had to get them rectified. Also had to chase them for vouchers till the last minute inspite of repeated reminders. They never even told about baggage allowance of internal flights and tried to play fraud on each point. It was my honeymoon and not once in South Africa and Seychelles was there any honeymoon decoration and goodies. Cab from Cape town to Kynsna was cancelled last minute and they arranged 1 at the nth hour delaying my program by 2 hrs. Over all the agency lacks a clear intent and is very deceptive
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    Harshit Kumar

    Bengaluru

    Harshit's 5 days trip to South Africa

    Thanks a lot Aditya for your help and availability whenever needed during and even before the trip. The itinerary was apt and clear to enjoy the best places in South Africa in optimal price. Everything

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    Which is the best time to visit South Africa?

    South Africa can be visited all year round. The cape region has lovely dry summer from November to February – perfect for beach days, while whale watching is done best between July and November.

    Which months are ideal for South African safaris?

    June to October is the best time for all the safari programmes, including the Masai Mara migration and game viewing in Tanzania.

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