When is the best time to visit South Africa

South Africa remains an alluring destination for all types of travelers. 

From the dynamic Cape Town to the cosmopolitan vibes of Johannesburg to expanses such as Namakwa, the Kalahari and Karoo.

The country’s diverse terrain and impressive landscapes provide the perfect opportunity to visit all year round.

It’s summertime in South Africa, and if you’re looking to visit during peak times, you’ve got to plan ahead. Coastal and national-park accommodation book up months in advance and popular holiday spots ufabet see accommodation prices rise by 50% or more. 

But if you’re willing to spend the money, there are a host of festivals and events to enjoy like the Cape Town Street Parade (Cape Minstrel Carnival), a colorful new-year celebration that includes floats, routines and troupes. AFROPUNK, a massive international music concert that brings in artists from all over the world, kicks off in December. The Cape Town Cycle Tour in March brings in cycling enthusiasts from all over the globe.  

Shoulder season offers less crowds and more wildlife. Autumn (April-May) provides the optimum wildlife-watching conditions, while spring (September-October) is the best time for whale watching. Wildflower season runs from late August to early September. 

Winter brings lower prices and fewer crowds, but it is rainy season in Cape Town and the Western Cape. The northern areas like Karoo are a bit drier and sunnier during this time. Among the top winter festivals is Knysna’s incredible 10-day oyster festival in July.  

Winter starts giving way to spring. Cherry trees bloom in the Free State Eastern Highlands in September and October, which are also the last dry months for wildlife viewing. School holidays run from late September to early October.
Key events: Namakwa Wildflowers, Whale Watching, Jo’burg Festivals.