SUMMER IN SOUTH AFRICA
Oh glorious summer! This is the time of the year when tourists flock to the country, although the West Coast remains the most popular destination for balmy evenings and hot days during December, January and February.
The Western Cape and Cape Town can be scorching in summer and rather windy. However, this is the most popular tourist months, and locals from all over the country love to spend time here. It’s busy, but there are plenty of quiet retreats to visit, particularly in the surrounds of Cape Town. Make the most of the wonderful weather by going on a trip to the Cape Winelands and visiting the world-class wine estates that dot the area. We recommend a vineyard wine tour, where you can taste South Africa’s excellent wines and spend time under shady hundred-year-old trees. The Garden Route is also a favourite for Cape Townians who vacation here during the school holidays and enjoy a variety of beach activities. Hire a car and explore this beautiful part of the country.
Johannesburg and Gauteng experience thunderstorms and dramatic lightning during the summer months, but sunshine soon reappears. It’s not windy and the climate is enjoyable.
This is the low season in the Kruger National Park, with plenty of rainfall that helps the region recover from the long, hot and dry winter. It’s much less busy, so intimate experiences in the various lodges and camps are possible, and much more affordable. In terms of wildlife, lush foliage begins to appear, so animals are able to hide much more easily. This makes wildlife sightings more of a challenge, but with experienced trackers and guides, this need not deter you. Summer is a favourite for birders, and families will enjoy the plethora of sweet newborn animals.
As can be expected, Kwazulu-Natal is satisfying all-year round, but experiences steamy afternoon downpours quite often, closer to the border of Mozambique. January is Durban’s hottest month, so if you’re going to the beach, sunscreen is essential. The Durban beaches become extremely busy, particularly around Christmas time, so talk to us about a more remote location if you’d like to escape the crowds. The best time to visit would be just after the school holidays, around early January.
Like Johannesburg, the Eastern Cape and Port Elizabeth are warm, although windy. There are occasional showers, followed by sunny weather. The Karoo remains very hot, with very little rainfall. A great escape would be a safari in Addo Elephant National Park, as well as the popular Shamwari Game Reserve where the weather is mild and stable. Book way in advance.
Summer in the Northern Cape is scorching. Temperatures can reach 40°C, especially in the western and northern areas that border Namibia. Further east, there are occasional damp storms, but they don’t last long.
Further east of the country, particularly around the borders of Botswana and Mozambique, rainfall is frequent, but the weather is balmy and humid.
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We specialise in corporate solutions offering over 25 years of experience to this market. These solutions include travel budget assistance, loyalty memberships, travel preferences, reports, negotiations with suppliers and more. Our belief is that all travel should offer a unique and incredible experience, no matter what purpose. Why not add a weekend to either side of your business trip to explore the area and get to know the locals and their culture.
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