Weather and Climate in South Africa

When to travel to South Africa?

The climate in South Africa can be very variable. This is due, firstly, to the fact that the country extends over a large area and, secondly, to the fact that it is located in two climatic zones. There is also a big difference in the weather when you are on the southwest coast around Cape Town, when you move north by the savannah, and when you go up into the high mountains.

In general, it does not rain much in South Africa, and that means that all year round is basically great travel weather. The average temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees. In some places, however, it can get up to 40 degrees hot, and the humidity can get enormously high. On this page you get an overview of weather and climate at selected places in South Africa as well as some general information about weather and climate in South Africa.

General about weather and climate in South Africa

In the area around Cape Town there are plenty of hours of sunshine all year round with a subtropical climate and an average temperature in the high season of approx. 23 degrees. During the rainy season from April to October, the temperatures drop slightly and the weather can be considered mild. At the Krüger National Park there is a stable temperature all year round, fluctuating from 26-32 degrees depending on the season.

However, the night hours can feel cold. In general, the area here is mild and it is limited with amounts of rain you can experience here. In the area of ​​the Drakensberg, there is generally a subtropical climate with an average temperature of about 15 degrees. If you travel here in the months of June to August, there is a risk of snowfall, enough to turn the area into a ski resort.

Cape Town

On the south coast, the weather stays dry and warm. The warmest days are in the period October to March. From April to September it is rainy season in the southern part of the country. Especially in the period May to August, heavy showers fall in the area.

The well-visited Cape Town is located on the southwest coast. Therefore, you can enjoy a pleasant climate when you visit the city. At night the temperature can drop as low as 7 degrees in the period from May to September.

Cape Town Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain 14 16 21 41 88 93 83 77 41 3 1 17
Max temp. 25 25 24 22 19 17 17 17 18 20 22 24
Mine. temp. 15 15 14 12 10 9 8 8 9 10 12 14


According to historyaah, Krüger National Park can be found in northern South Africa. You can visit the savannah all year round as each season has its charm. If you want to be moved by small squeaky animal cubs, visit the park in November or December.

The wild life in the Krüger is best experienced in South Africa’s winter time in the months of May and June. Krüger National Park invites you inside the animal kingdom. Nothing predictable here, and experiences like the Big Five can be found here.

Krüger National Park

Krüger Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain 93 93 68 37 14 11 12 9 26 43 66 94
Max. temp. 32 32 31 29 28 26 26 27 29 30 30 32
Mine. temp. 21 20 19 16 11 6 7 9 13 16 18 20

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is located overlooking the water just off the coast. The temperature is approx. 25 degrees here. Night temperatures can fall a lot in the period May to September. It is therefore good to have an extra sweater with you.

However, the tropical climate gives you ample opportunity to soak up the sun during the day. However, it is also not too hot to go for a walk in the city and explore the small markets. Port Elizabeth’s location offers beautiful views of sunsets over the ocean.

Port Elizabeth Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain 30 40 50 50 40 70 60 60 50 70 60 40
Max temp. 25 25 25 23 22 20 20 20 20 21 22 24
Mine. temp. 18 18 17 15 12 9 9 10 12 13 15 17

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