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Traveler Guide to Seasons & Weather in South Africa

Winter in South Africa

Winters in South Africa (June to August) are mild, though the Cape and Natal mountain ranges do get snow. Average temperatures in the day range from 66-73°F (19-23°C).
This is the best time to visit Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, especially later in the season, as the cooler, dry weather and sparse vegetation means you’re more likely to see animals out and gathering at watering holes. If you’re visiting the Western Cape, keep in mind that it is the rainy season there during winter.
Average Temperature °C = 12°C Average Temperature °F = 54°F

Spring in South Africa

Spring in South Africa (September to November) bring in southern right whales off of the coastline, and is an ideal time to visit Cape Town.
Average Temperature °C = 18°C Average Temperature °F = 64°F

Summer in South Africa

Summers in South Africa (December to February) are hot and sometimes rainy, with cooler nights. Daytime temperatures range from 59°F (15°C) to 82°F (28°C). This is the best time to cool off in the coastal areas of Cape Town. This is the rainier season for all but the Western Cape.
Average Temperature °C = 22°C Average Temperature °F = 71°F

Autumn in South Africa

Autumn in South Africa (March to May) brings in colorful foliage in the vineyards of the Cape Winelands, and is a pleasant time to visit Cape Town.
Average Temperature °C = 17°C Average Temperature °F = 63°F