South Africa's Climate by Region

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North: Kruger and Surrounding Areas

In the winter months (June-August), the northern region has dry sunny days and chillier evenings, whereas the summer has wet, hot days. Located in this northern region, Kruger National Park is one of the biggest draws for travellers who fancy their chances of spotting the Big Five. The best time of year for a safari is during their dry winters when the vegetation is low and the chance of spotting animals is higher. We’d suggest avoiding the local holidays which occur in the peak months of December and January as it’s likely to be busier.

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East: Lesotho, Swaziland and Surrounding Areas

Home to the mighty peaks of Drakensberg, African Kingdoms and hippos in the wetlands, the eastern side of South Africa is exciting mixture of mountainous landscapes, fascinating cultures and wildlife.

In Swaziland, the winter months (June – August) provide the best time to visit with warm days and chilly nights, whereas the summers are hot with heavy rains. Lesotho can be visited all-year-round. The summer months are fairly wet, while winter sees colder temperatures often dropping below freezing at night.

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South: Cape Town and The Garden Route

The southern region of South Africa has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and colder, wet winters. So, if you are planning a trip to this part of the country, for instance along The Garden Route, the best months to visit would be during the summer (November- March). If you’re keen to see elephants in Addo National Park on the Eastern Cape, this is the perfect time when the vegetation is low and the animals gather in greater herds.

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Wildlife and safari
Set off on Big Five safaris, stay on ostrich farms, watch whales breaching in the waves and spot dolphins in the surf. South Africa is packed with wildlife.
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