South Africa

When to go

South Africa is a year round destination whose climate is influenced by its latitudinal range, its altitude and its proximity to two ocean fronts. The country features two distinct weather patterns. Ocean currents and varied topography affect the climate in Cape Town and in the Western Cape, which experience a dry summer between November and May, making it the best time to travel to the Cape. Conversely the rest of the country runs on a tropical climate with a wet, warm summer. The dry, cold winters from June to October are the best time for a safari in South Africa as wildlife gathers around waterholes and vegetation is sparse. This is a general indication, supposing this is your first safari to South Africa and that your priority is game viewing. Every season has its charm though, colours and nuances that make it unique, and offers the opportunity of different encounters and experiences. If you have any special needs or interests or simply want to know more, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to advise you on the best time for your safari experience in South Africa.

Dry Season

June – October

Best for: game viewing in the Kruger National Park and the Madikwe Game Reserve, whale watching in Hermanus, experiencing the sardine run along the coast of Kwazulu-Natal.

Green Season

November – May

Best for: exploring Cape Town and the Western Cape, game viewing in the Kalahari Desert, birdwatching.