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The vibrant rainbow nation of South Africa combines its distinctive history with a natural and demographic diversity which makes it one of the most fascinating places in the world. Take a trip up Table Mountain and gaze out over the beautiful harbour in Cape Town, or admire the bustling markets and gorgeous beaches of Durban. Visitors can also go vineyard hopping in the many wineries of the delightful Garden Route. And no trip to South Africa is complete without going on safari to Kruger or Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park and trying to spot one of the ‘Big 5’ game animals in the astonishingly beautiful wild surrounds of the north of the country.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 29℃
  • 29℃
  • 27℃
  • 25℃
  • 22℃
  • 20℃
  • 20℃
  • 20℃
  • 21℃
  • 24℃
  • 25℃
  • 27℃
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 6
  • 9
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 8
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

RAINFALL

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

January

This is one of Cape Town’s busiest times but for good reason. Loads of sunshine and limited rainfall making it an ideal destination for the UK traveller to escape the winter. With hotels likely to be busy, you may find it difficult to bag a bargain if you’re travelling this month.

February

Like January, this is the most desirable time to travel for most due to the warm weather, low rainfall and social events.

The month’s biggest social event is the Cape Town Pride Festival which is aimed at the LGBT+ community but is one for all to attend with many parades, parties & competitions.

Cape Town Art Fair is held over three days annually and is hailed as one of the biggest art fairs in Africa.

March

March is the beginning of the shoulder season and the crowds will begin to subside which increases the likelihood of you bagging a good deal. It’s a great time to visit as the rainfall is still very low and you can expect plenty of warm sunshine.

Cape Town Jazz Festival is one of the highlights of the annual events calendar – a must if you love this kind of music.

Cape Town Carnival is held in March and is a street parade that showcases and celebrates the diversity of Cape Town and South Africa.

April

April will begin to see the weather become more unpredictable with slightly higher rainfall and cooler nights but it’s unlikely to affect your holiday with temperatures still capable of reaching the high 20’s. Hotels are likely to need your business so you may be able to secure a lower price than the earlier months.

The Cape Town Electronic Music festival is held this month and has gained the reputation as being one of the more forward thinking music festivals on the African calendar.

May

May is the end of the spring and the conditions will see cooler conditions but don’t worry, you can still expect weather up to 22degrees.

This is often the time of year when many of the restaurants bring out their winter specials so you can take advantage of some of the world class food at discount prices.

June

It’s the start of winter so this may be a time to avoid unless you have a specific reason for travelling.

Winter Wonderland festival is a family friendly event held this month with music, markets and a whole lot of merriment.

July

We’re in the middle of winter so this may be a time to avoid unless you have a specific reason for travelling.

The Cape Town Funny Festival is held this month and is a comedy highlight. Some of the best local and international acts will be in attendance.

July & August is peak whale watching season.

August

We’re coming towards the end of winter but this still may be a time to avoid unless you have a specific reason for travelling.

The Clanwillian Wildflower Show displays more than 400 species of wildflower, many of which can only be grown here and all under one roof if you’re visiting this time of year.

July & August is peak whale watching season.

September

The shoulder season has arrived and it’s officially the start of spring.. The rain will ease and conditions warm up. A good time to visit with crowds relatively low and prices acceptable if you’re looking for a bargain.

Sample some of the Cape’s finest wines in a festive, scenic setting at Franschhoek Uncorked this month.

Cape Town Fringe Festival celebrates some of the best art, music and theatre that the country has to offer.

Head to Hermanus this month for the annual Whale Festival as this will be your best bet at getting up close with these majestic mammals.

October

The weather will continue to warm up as we build towards the peak months but as we’re not there yet, you may be able to secure a great deal. Expect blooms taking over the vast fields and mountains with splashes of colour as a time famous for wildflowers.

November

This is the time when Cape Town begins to come to life again. Long balmy days with many events and festivals to check out.

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts begin this month and take place every Sunday between November-April. International acts as well as local bands take the stage in the shade of Table Mountain.

December

Summer begins with temperatures up to 28 degrees and hardly any rain. Prices are likely increase based on demand but if you travel earlier in the month, you may avoid the peak crowds of later in the month along with January and February.

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5* Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Part of The Liz McGrath Collection, the 5-star Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is situated in what is known as “Cape Town’s Vineyard” – the historical Constantia Valley, a short 15-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre. The Small Luxury Hotels of the World member’s 51 elegant guest rooms and suites boast breathtaking views of South Africa’s iconic Table Mountain range and the property’s extraordinary gardens. The on-site restaurants, The Conservatory and Greenhouse – which is renowned as one of South Africa’s top restaurants – take guests on an unforgettable culinary journey. To ensure the most comfortable of stays, the hotel further features a ‘Fresh Wellness Spa’, two pools, gym and tennis court.

Our Rating: Life of Luxury

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5* Fancourt

Fancourt, South Africa’s premier lifestyle resort, is nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route in George. The resort lies on 613 hectares of pristine countryside sheltered by the Outeniqua Mountains, offering luxurious rooms and suites for those looking a warm relaxed and entertaining Garden Route Retreat.
For keen golfers, Fancourt needs no introduction. There are three Gary Player designed golf courses all ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa as well as a Golf Academy. Discover Fancourt’s many leisure activities including The Spa with an indoor heated Roman Bath and world class wellness treatments. The Leisure Centre offers an array of facilities and activities to keep guests of all ages and interests entertained. The Centre houses the popular Kidz Club, teen lounge, gymnasium, cinema, indoor heated and outdoor swimming pool. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy tennis, running and walking trails, bird watching and fishing. Four top restaurants each offer a distinctive dining experience to appeal to every palate.

Our Rating: Life of Luxury

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5* Last Word Franschhoek

Last Word Franschhoek is situated in the heart of the village, South Africa’s gourmet capital, just minutes walk from cafes, boutique shops and, of course, its most in-demand restaurants. Wines farms are easily accessible by car, the popular wine tram or by using our in-house driver and vehicle. There are ten inordinately large rooms on two floors including two pool suites each with its own semi-private plunge pool. With the help of their cheerful and generous team, let managers Conrad and Franklin help plan your perfect Franschhoek experience by suggesting dining options and activities. After a long day of wine tasting, return to the oasis and relax around the pool or regenerate in the well-appointed comfort of your suite before heading back out to the local restaurants and succumb to their temptations. More indulgences with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi, lavish breakfasts, all beverages including select wines and premium spirits and nightly turndowns.

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5* Last Word Kitara

Last Word Kitara is in the 60000ha Klaserie Private Nature reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, home to the largest and most diverse concentration of wild animals in the world, including the Big Five. Kitara is a real bush retreat in the more remote regions of the Klaserie, where game viewing is very exclusive. It’s the ultimate safari. Guests will have nature virtually to themselves. Six luxury suites are perched on the banks overlooking the Klaserie river where big game can be seen regularly. Day or night guests will be accompanied on game drives and walking safaris in small personal groups. The cuisine is discerning and the drinks most agreeable. Link your safari to visits to The Last Word’s other Intimate Hotels in Constantia, Franschhoek or Long Beach, Kommetjie. All meals and Wi-Fi are complimentary, as are select beverages, wines and premium spirits.

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5* Last Word Long Beach

Located on the beach in the small fishing village of Kommetjie fronted by eight kilometres of pristine white sand. The majestic Table Mountain backdrop perfectly complements uninterrupted views of the sea from the hotel including every one of the six rooms. Décor by Jim Thompson and Kravet and custom artwork by Gabrielle Raath reflect the beach house style. There is no better place in Cape Town to hideaway, relax, unwind and enjoy the surf, sun and sand than in your own five-star beach suite. With the help of their warm and characterful team, hosts Kim and Fanie will assist with daily arrangements and desires. Our three course dinners are a seafood speciality and include such guest favourites as snoek pâté, Patagonian calamari, Thai mussels and grilled linefish. It’s also complimentary. Also included unlimited Wi-Fi, breakfasts, all beverages including select wines and premium spirits and nightly turndowns.

Our Rating: Life of Luxury

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5* One&Only Cape Town

Framed by the towering Table Mountain, One&Only Cape Town is within a tranquil setting including waterways and a traditional harbour, whilst situated only moments away from the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The generous guest rooms at boast breath-taking views and exclusive amenities coupled with fantastic bars and restaurants.

Our Rating: Best of the Best

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5* The Manor House at Fancourt

With the elegance of yesteryear and the exclusivity of a serene country retreat, The Manor House at Fancourt epitomises understated sophistication and a tradition that spans over a century.
As the former home of Henry Fancourt White, built in the 1850s by the British engineer in the style of a Cotswold mansion, this exquisite boutique country hotel retains all its stately charm, with original features and an air of historic importance and modern comfort that leaves guests relaxed and pampered throughout their stay.
Stay in stylish surrounds, in the heart of a tranquil haven, set amidst 613 hectares of Garden Route countryside against the backdrop of the lush Outeniqua Mountains. Tastefully furnished to combine its century-old history with eco-friendly luxury amenities, The Manor House suite accommodation, lounge, bar and swimming pool promise an intimate, exclusive getaway for couples seeking a private sanctuary where their every whim is catered for.

Our Rating: Unique & Fabulous

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5* The Marine Hotel

The Marine, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World property offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world from June to November each year. Guests are even able to view these majestic creatures from their own sea-view bedroom. The Overberg region is also a must for adventure sport seekers, offering a host of activities – including hiking, mountain biking and marine sports. Back at the hotel, guests can indulge in exceptional culinary delights, overseen by Head Chef Rudi Blaauw. We are proud members of Traveller Made.

Our Rating: Life of Luxury

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5* The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, is situated on a rocky headland in one of South Africa’s most spectacular beach towns – tucked neatly into the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay boasts a year-round temperate climate and pristine beaches, making it the ultimate South African seaside escape. The 5-star Small Luxury Hotels of the World property, with its 37 beautifully appointed rooms and villas, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa, with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand. Guests may enjoy world-class cuisine courtesy of SeaFood at The Plettenberg, where fresh seafood is the order of the day.

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