Leopard in South Africa

Destination

South Africa – Best time to go

Best time to visit South Africa

South Africa is a great year-round destination and enjoys a mild, seasonal climate. The best game viewing falls between the dry winter months from May to September, however the warmest weather can be enjoyed from November to February when temperatures reach highs of 19–29°C. 

Best times to visit

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
22ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
27ºC
93mm
Johannesburg
21ºC
128mm
Sun City
24ºC
94mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
94mm
Pretoria
24ºC
103mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
23ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
26ºC
93mm
Johannesburg
20ºC
144mm
Sun City
24ºC
64mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
63mm
Pretoria
23ºC
113mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
21ºC
30mm
Kruger National Park
25ºC
68mm
Johannesburg
19ºC
102mm
Sun City
23ºC
61mm
Pilanesberg National Park
23ºC
61mm
Pretoria
22ºC
82mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
18ºC
50mm
Kruger National Park
23ºC
37mm
Johannesburg
16ºC
40mm
Sun City
20ºC
42mm
Pilanesberg National Park
20ºC
42mm
Pretoria
19ºC
44mm

Average weather in May

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
70mm
Kruger National Park
20ºC
14mm
Johannesburg
14ºC
25mm
Sun City
16ºC
8mm
Pilanesberg National Park
16ºC
9mm
Pretoria
16ºC
18mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
90mm
Kruger National Park
16ºC
11mm
Johannesburg
10ºC
10mm
Sun City
13ºC
3mm
Pilanesberg National Park
13ºC
3mm
Pretoria
12ºC
9mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
100mm
Kruger National Park
17ºC
12mm
Johannesburg
11ºC
4mm
Sun City
13ºC
13mm
Pilanesberg National Park
13ºC
13mm
Pretoria
13ºC
3mm

Average weather in August

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
70mm
Kruger National Park
18ºC
9mm
Johannesburg
14ºC
14mm
Sun City
16ºC
7mm
Pilanesberg National Park
16ºC
7mm
Pretoria
16ºC
2mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
14ºC
50mm
Kruger National Park
21ºC
26mm
Johannesburg
16ºC
20mm
Sun City
20ºC
10mm
Pilanesberg National Park
20ºC
10mm
Pretoria
20ºC
20mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
40mm
Kruger National Park
23ºC
43mm
Johannesburg
18ºC
78mm
Sun City
23ºC
51mm
Pilanesberg National Park
23ºC
51mm
Pretoria
22ºC
71mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
18ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
24ºC
66mm
Johannesburg
19ºC
100mm
Sun City
24ºC
84mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
84mm
Pretoria
23ºC
108mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
20ºC
20mm
Kruger National Park
26ºC
94mm
Johannesburg
20ºC
151mm
Sun City
24ºC
73mm
Pilanesberg National Park
24ºC
73mm
Pretoria
23ºC
108mm

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