SPRING IN SOUTH AFRICA
Spring in South Africa occurs roughly between the months of September, October and November. In general, the country remains quite chilly, but the green landscapes in wetter parts of the country bring birdsong, new life, and a plethora of flowers (most notably in Namaqualand and the West Coast), that pop up for their annual blanket display of gorgeous colours.
In the Western Cape, the weather is relatively stable and experiences regular rainfall accompanied by milder temperatures in the day and cold nights. It’s the sort of time that one can experience all four seasons in a day. Best to pack warm clothes, waterproof clothing and a couple of summery items, particularly for late October and November.
Johannesburg and greater Gauteng are quite warm in the day and very cold at night. Pack extra warm clothing for your evenings out. In Pretoria, the streets lined with jacaranda trees bloom, creating an impressive exhibit of lilac flowers and a heady scent that makes it an enjoyable time of the year to visit.
The Kruger National Park is fantastic in September and is arguably the best month to visit and is usually the busiest time of the year. The weather is warm during the day and cold at night. The dry weather turns the bush golden, and is the best time for wildlife sightings. If you’re going on safari, then early morning and evening open-vehicle game drives will require warm clothing. We recommend packing in some gloves and a warm hat. November is the start of the low season, so you can expect a drop in prices as the rainy season approaches.
Along the Indian Ocean coast of Kwazulu-Natal, and Durban in particular, the weather is warm and humid, and perfect for days on the beach before the crowded summers. A noteworthy experience would be a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a stunning and untouched slice of heaven that encompasses endless stretches of beaches, mangrove swamps and pretty forests.
The Eastern Cape and its biggest town, Port Elizabeth, straddle two very different regions. Weather combines both the Mediterranean Western Cape, and the humid province of Kwazulu-Natal. As can be expected then, the weather tends to mimic these provinces. The central and northern areas remain moderate but very cold during the night.
The western Northern Cape bursts into bloom in spring, as millions of wildflowers carpet the earth. A fantastic holiday experience is a road trip along the vibrant floral fields of Namaqualand. The days are warm, with some rainfall towards the west of the region. Nearer to the Central Kalahari, the days are sunny and warm, although the nights can be icy. The semi-arid Karoo towards the south of the province is dry and warm, especially as November approaches.
Elsewhere in the country, and as you get closer to Mozambique, you’ll experience warm and humid weather.
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