South Africa is a large and diverse country with a climate that varies from region to region: Cape Town and the Western Cape experiences winter rainfall (June to August) and a largely bone-dry hot summer while much of the rest of the country, including the Kruger Park area, have heavy summer thundershowers (December to March) and a dry winter period from May to October. The Garden Route and Eastern Cape on the other hand can experience rain at any time of year.
Our “when to go” guidelines are based on the best time to visit South Africa’s top attractions:
At a Glance
Africa's sophisticated powerhouse is home to diverse habitats, eclectic cultures & a fascinating history. Pack in beaches, the Big 5, malaria-free safaris, amazing Cape Town & Africa's finest food and wine.