- South Africa
- Garden Route
When to Go?
Best Time to Visit the Garden Route
The Garden Route’s year-round temperate climate means this is a destination made for the great outdoors. Unlike Cape Town however, there may be rain at any time of year on the Garden Route but it rarely lasts long and most days are dry, warm and sunny.
Temperatures are highest in summer (November to April) but be warned that the area gets very busy over the Christmas school holidays. For a beach holiday without the crowds, visit the Garden Route between February and April. Winter (June to August) temperatures aren’t especially low – they rarely fall below 16°C – and visitors at this time of year are often treated to long sunny spells.
Note that there is a seasonal aspect to some of the Garden Route’s attractions: whale watching season is from July to October (peaking in September) and the 10-day, event-studded Knysna Festival takes place in July.