There are so many things to do and places to see in South Africa. Due to varying regional climates and wildlife opportunities South Africa is an all year-round travel destination. The summer months are December to March, autumn is April to May, winter is June to August and spring is September to November. Below you will find the four most travelled destinations in South Africa with the best seasons to travel to the West coast, Kruger National Park, the Garden Route and of course Cape Town.

West Coast

The best time to visit the West Coast is in Spring. When everyone is coming out of their hibernation and the sun is warming up. The West coast is famous for its fields of flowers that turns the landscape into a yellow, orange, pink, blue and white carpet. Once summer starts the West Coast also boasts plenty of sea side campsites for you to explore. A bit more inland and you will find the Cederberg Mountain Range. Famous for its hiking trails, camping and beautiful rock pools, Cederberg is a perfect weekend away destination. Toward the top of the West Coast, just before Namibia, you will find the orange river. Perfect for canoeing, white water rafting, hiking and camping.

Best time to go: Spring and Summer

flower field west coast

Joburg – Kruger Park & Pilanesberg

The northern areas of South Africa are a bit in reverse as they have dry winters and wet summers. The best time to visit these areas is during Autumn and Spring as there is the least rain and it is also low season. Winter is the best time for wildlife viewing as there is little vegetation for the animals to hide behind, but the park can get very crowded as this is peak season. In summer the rains are high, the vegetation is abundant and the parks are all packed as it is summer holidays.

Best time to go: Spring, Autumn, Winter.

giraffe kruger

Garden Route

The Garden Route is a great Summer and Winter destination. This route as a plenty of beach towns where you can enjoy the warm summer days. Spend the lazy days at the beach or go for an adventure in the forest and mountains. On the other hand, the winter climate along the Garden Route is not as harsh as it is in Cape Town. With plenty of activities like safaris, The oyster and wine events, marathon or fishing competitions there is plenty to keep you busy along the Garden Route.

Best time to go: Summer, Winter.

sunset Mossel bay, Garden Route

Cape Town

The mother city become one of the best places to visit in Africa with an all-round travel season. During summer Cape Town is a very popular destination. Expect busy beaches, a vibrant nightlife, hiking, markets and glorious sunny festivals. If you don’t mind the crowd, Cape Town is the place to be. If you prefer less of a crowd then spring or early autumn is probably better for you. The city is just as exciting and the temperature is pleasant and mellow. Finally, Cape Town offers a range of activities that are best experienced during winter. For example: it’ the green season in the mountains, adventure sport heaven and shark and whale-watching season. And the best thing; discounted prices.

Best time to go: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

cape town by night

In conclusion, South Africa is the perfect travel location for each season throughout the year. It’s up to you to decide what you are wanting and then come for a visit. Ashanti offers accommodation across thee lodges in Cape Town and Ashanti Travel can help you with tours and safaris throughout South Africa.

Ashanti gardens by night poolAshanti Gardens