AUTUMN IN SOUTH AFRICA
While most people picture a year-round sunny South Africa, the truth is that temperatures during the winter months of June, July and August can reach rather low levels, including snowfall in the topographical extremes of low-lying areas like Sutherland in the Northern Cape, as well as the mountainous regions of the Western Cape and the Drakensberg in Kwazulu-Natal..
The Western Cape experiences plenty of rainfall during winter, as well as cold days and nights. However, clear and sunny days do occur often, and are extremely pleasant. The earth and winelands turn jewel green, a welcome sight after the dry summer and autumn months. Winter is the low season for tourism in Cape Town and surrounds, which means that you can expect much lower prices during your holiday and fewer crowds than in the popular summer months. Despite its low season status during the winter months, there are still fantastic experiences to be had. Do partake in whale-watching along the coast. The best place to observe these gentle giants is the seaside town of Hermanus. Whales are most active in this area between July and early November. Hermanus is arguable the best land-based whale-watching spot on the continent.
The Kruger National Park is best visited during winter. The area is very dry, making vegetation scarce and revealing all manner of wildlife, who expose themselves so that they can drink thirstily from waterholes. Accommodation does fill up fast, whether you’re staying in a luxury lodge or a self-catering unit so it’s best to book your trip to Kruger National Park well in advance. Nights and early mornings are very cold. Bring warm clothing for open-vehicle game drives, and don’t pass up a warm drink in the morning.
Durban and the Kwazulu-Natal province is dry and can reach high temperatures in the day. Evenings are equally as enjoyable, with a slight drop in temperature. We recommend beach holidays in this region during the South African winter. A noteworthy experience would be a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of iSimangaliso, a stunning and untouched slice of heaven. In contrast, the Drakensberg mountains are freezing, with a real safety risk to hikers, so avoid this active, adventure experience.
Even in winter, the Eastern Cape very rarely reaches extreme temperatures, although again, this depends largely on the varying topographical landscapes. In the university centre of Grahamstown, June and July heralds the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Here, international students and visitors enjoy a celebration of local arts, including drama, crafts and artists. This eclectic event is for the art lovers.
The Northern Cape is hot during the day and chilly at night. Despite this, the town of Sutherland can reach temperatures of -6 °C and experiences snow during winter. A popular experiences is white-river rafting in Orange River, which serves as the border between Namibia and South Africa. The water levels are perfect for this activity and the weather is pleasant.
Elsewhere, the weather is mild and temperate.
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