When is the best time to visit South Africa? South Africa is a large country with many diverse habitats. In terms of when to go, it’s very much dependant on which areas you will be visiting, and what kind of holiday you want.
Cape Town and the Western Cape experience winter rainfall and a largely hot and bone-dry summer (November to March). Great for a beach holiday!
The rest of the country, including the Kruger National Park, Madikwe, Pilanesberg and KwaZulu-Natal, experiences summer rainfall, so it can be best to visit these areas during the cooler winter months (May to October)
The KwaZulu-Natal coast is known for its year round sunshine and very hot summer temperatures
The Eastern Cape and Garden Route can have slightly more unpredictable weather, with rain at any time during the year.
If it’s whales, that you hope to see, visit the Cape during June and November.