Best Time To Visit Cape Town
Planning a holiday to Cape Town can be a lot of fun, but there are some big decisions to make before you start, like when is the best time to visit Cape Town? Read on to find out the best time to visit Cape Town.
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Visiting Cape Town Between December And March
Summer lasts from December to February in Cape Town. This is peak season in Mother City, and visitors come from all over to enjoy the long, warm days of sunshine. Maximum daylight hours mean more time to enjoy the great outdoors and amazing summer events. From beach parties and music festivals to pop-up markets and foodie bonanzas, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the summer months. Warm sea temperatures make the summer season the best time to visit Cape Town if you like swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving. Attractions typically stay open longer, but they can become crowded. Plan ahead of time to book accommodations and tours, and budget for inflated summer season prices.
March is a perfect month to visit Cape Town as it is not excessively hot, windy, or rainy. The Mother City is buzzing with activities and outdoor events in March, including the Argus Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town hosts a series of summer festivals until the end of March, with a lineup of local and international artists performing on the stages at the foot of Table Mountain.
Visiting Cape Town Between April And June
Late April to early June is the best time to visit Cape Town for hiking enthusiasts. On weekends and early mornings, hiking trails such as Lions Head, Constantia Nek, and Table Mountain are extremely popular. Autumn arrives in Cape Town in April and May, and this is the best time to explore the city’s many indoor markets, live music venues, and restaurants. The Cape Town Jazz Festival, which features artists from all over the world, is a highlight on the April calendar.
Visiting Cape Town In Winter
Cape Town’s winter season lasts from June to August. This is the coldest and wettest time of year, but those who travel during this time will also have their fair share of sunny days. The city is quiet during winter, which means uncrowded attractions and off-peak prices for restaurants, tours, and hotels. Those with a love for the outdoors and surfing are in luck. Winter swells make it the best season for serious surfers, while nature lovers can watch the annual humpback and southern right whale migration in Hermanus.
Each month, rain falls on an average of 10-11 days. There is snow in the high-lying mountain regions outside of the city on occasion, and there are regular clear days in the Winelands where you can have lunch beside a fireplace with breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and sprawling vines. It’s also the greenest time of year, and even though the days are shorter, there are still about 10 hours of daylight each day. Hiking is breathtaking on clear days. There are waterfalls hidden in iridescent green forests, and mornings frequently bring moody fog in from the sea.
Visiting Cape Town During Spring
Spring lasts from September to November in Cape Town. While temperatures are slightly lower than in peak summer, the lack of rain and abundance of sunshine makes it a great time to visit. Even better, there are far fewer crowds and prices are significantly lower than in the summer, and the landscapes are lush following the winter rains. Early to mid-September is the best time to visit Cape Town if you want to see the Western Cape’s annual wildflower nature show, which is especially impressive in the nearby West Coast National Park. You’ll also catch the tail end of the humpback and southern right whale migrations, which are often visible from shore.
Franschhoek Uncorked takes place annually between September and November and sees participating vineyards in the Franschhoek region unveil the new season’s wines through a series of special pairings, gourmet dining events, and live concerts.