Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, hot and dry in Summer and cool and wet in Winter. Abundant sunshine means that the tourists can count on, mostly, beautiful, warm, sunny days throughout the year.
The best time of year to visit Cape Town is undoubtedly during Autumn and Spring. Tourists in the months of March to May and from September to November enjoy idyllic weather, far fewer crowds, and often lower prices. But there are other months that have equally much to offer.
Although Cape Town sees many tourists visit the city over the Summer festive season, it is normally quite hot and congested with local travelors. People flock to the many beautiful Cape Town beaches on calm days. Summer in Cape Town can often be windy, surrounded as it is on three sides by ocean.
Talking of wind, the prevailing wind in summer is the cool South-Easter which can turn into a howling gale, a 'Black South Easter' that can blow for a week or more. Called the 'Cape Doctor', these winds have even been known to present some challenges to pedestrians. Fortunately there is lots to do in Cape Town that doesn't rely on the weather.
Autumn from April to June, brings clear crisp days perfect for hiking and outdoor living with little to no wind. Days are still warm and evenings are not cold. Come enjoy a safari game drive and an evening 'braai' at a game farm close to Cape Town and enjoy the majestic beauty of our magnificent scenery and bushveld.
Winter usually brings copious rainfall with winds from the North-West, and the many waterfalls create silver ribbon cascades down Table Mountain. Much of the Western Cape's fynbos reserves its flowering for winter's plentiful water supply. Plan a food and wine holiday from late June to August - dine at world-class restaurants and enjoy wine tasting at the best wine estates of the Cape Winelands.
The best time for whale watching is from July to September when migratory whales arrive along the Cape coastline. Spring rains bring the dry veld to the North of Cape Town to life, turning the dry earth into a wonderland of flowers. The West Coast flower wonderland is Nature's miracle and is truly a sight to behold.
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