Best Time to Visit Cape Town

What is the best time of the year to visit Cape Town?

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A Cape Town beach holiday is best during peak summer from December to February. Late April to early June has crisp and clear days, perfect for a hiking trip. A food and wine holiday is best from late June to August - dine at world-class eateries and go wine tasting in the gorgeous Cape Winelands. The best time for a whale watching holiday is from July to September when migratory whales arrive along the coastline.

When is the best time to visit Cape Town and Kruger?

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May to October is the best time to go to Kruger for game viewing - days are dry and mild, and animals are easier to spot and follow. Combine a safari with a food and wine holiday in Cape Town to enjoy its fireside-friendly, rainy winter days. July to September is also a great time for whale watching along Cape Town's Whale Coast.

When is high/peak season in Cape Town?

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Temperatures peak between December and February, which is the most popular time to visit. These hot summer months also coincide with local school holidays, so book your accommodation early if you want to visit over Christmas or New Year.

When is low season in Cape Town?

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From about June to August, when Cape Town and the Western Cape experiences winter rainfall.

Which month is the best weather in Cape Town?

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Cape Town has a pleasant climate with warm and dry conditions from October to April. Temperatures peak between December and February, with Cape Town's south-easterly wind blowing during this time. By February most visitors head home, which means better rates and uncrowded beaches until April.

Cape Town enjoys a temperate climate with warm, dry conditions from October to April. Temperatures peak between December and February, which is the most popular time for a Cape Town beach holiday. Expect busy beaches, a vibrant nightlife and gloriously sunny festive cheer. Cape Town’s fierce south-easterly wind blows during this time, occasionally clearing the beaches and blanketing Table Mountain in cloud.

By February the wind calms and most visitors head home, making late January to April absolutely fantastic – expect better rates, uncrowded world class beaches and less wind.

The best time for a hiking holiday in Cape Town is from late April to early June when the days are crisp and clear, great hiking weather. The best time for a Cape Town foodie safari is from late June to August. The fireside-friendly, rainy days of winter make the most of vibrant indoor markets, easy bookings at the city’s famous eateries and regular crisp, clear days for winetasting, cycling and hiking.

The best time for a whale watching holiday is from July to September when migratory southern right whales arrive along the coastline, wild flowers bloom on the West Coast and the weather warms up. Explore the Whale Coast for the best land-based whale watching.