- South Africa
- Cape Town
When to Go?
Best Time To Travel To Cape Town
Cape Town has a very different climate to the rest of South Africa. With 70% of its rain falling in winter (May – August) the city and its surroundings otherwise enjoy a largely sunny and warm climate all year round. The winters are mild by northern hemisphere standards (rarely falling below freezing), and summer temperatures are tempered by ocean winds to remain in the late 20s and early 30s degrees centigrade.
Most activities and experiences are naturally year-round such as hiking, biking, sight-seeing, wine-tasting and Winelands touring. Some are seasonal however: whale watching is best from August through November, and False Bay shark-watching in July and August. If you want the beach life, visit during the peak summer months of December to February but be prepared for queues and crowds at the most popular places such as Camps Bay, the Table Mountain cable car and Cape Point.