South Africa is a year-round destination due to its varying regional climates and wildlife opportunities. Climatic conditions generally range from Mediterranean in the southwestern corner of South Africa to temperate in the interior plateau, and subtropical in the northeast. A small area in the northwest has a desert climate. Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights. The Cape has beautiful hot, dry weather in its summer months between November and February.
Roughly speaking, the summer months are December to March, autumn is April to May, winter is June to August, and spring is September to November. Because southern Africa is such a large area, and each region’s offerings change with the seasons when you go may determine where you go.
The Drakensberg lies in the summer rainfall area of Southern Africa (October to March). The best months for climbing are April through to September. During this time stable weather is usually experienced with warm sunny days and cold nights. Note that snow can also occur during this time.
Cape Town area including the Western Cape has summer temperatures (December to March) of 13-26°C (55-79°F), with a June to September winter average temperature of 13°C (55°F), reaching as low as 7°C (45°F).
The Kruger Park is an all year round destination, with each season bringing its own highlights. Whatever time you decide to safari in the Kruger National Park – you will not be disappointed!
The Kruger Park area has a hot, sub-tropical climate and most of the year it is hot during the day (above 25 ° C).
November/December: 16-34°C (61-93°F)
The summer months, hot and humid with either continual rains or occasional afternoon thundershowers. Many young animals are born during this time.
January to April: 18-34°C (64-93°F)
These are normally drier months with very hot days. Bird watchers can enjoy the array of migratory birds during this period.
May to July: 8-26°C (46-79°F)
Cold temperatures are experienced at night and at dawn during our winter months. The vegetation becomes totally brown and trees start losing leaves. Visibility during game drives is enhanced due to sparser vegetation.
July to October 9-28°C (48-82°F)
Dry season with hot dry winds and colourless, sparse vegetation, cold night temperatures and therefore chilly during the early morning and late afternoon game drives.