Ensure a Memorable Holiday by Choosing the Best Time to Visit Cape Town
When is the best time of the year to visit Cape Town? At Nox Rentals, we believe that every month has something special to offer visitors to our majestic Mother City.
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Come rain or shine, Cape Town has so much to offer to ensure a memorable family holiday all year round. You just need to identify the ideal weather conditions for you and your family to enjoy Cape Town’s beauty to the fullest.
The best season to visit Cape Town
- September – delight in the Cape Floral Kingdom
- October – the most beautiful month with tangible spring in the air
- November – when summer awakens, Cape style
If you love Paris in the springtime, you will fall in love with the greater Cape Town during spring (September to November) when the floral kingdom springs into full bloom and touches the landscape with a variety of hues from many different veld flowers.
- December – summertime, when the living is easy
- January – beautiful hot and sunny beach weather
- February – the heat continues while beaches quiet down after the school holidays
Summertime (December to February) offers easy living at its best. You will experience the sun, sea and sand as never before and delight in the long days when you sip cocktails at sundown well after 8 pm every night.
- March – harvest time for the wine grapes set against the sunny, warm sky
- April – explore the Peninsula’s charms while soaking up the sun
- May – get into the Cape’s cuisine with the Good Food & Wine Show
Albert Camus said autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. In South Africa, autumn (March to May) is a time of year when the weather in Cape Town can still be hot and balmy – perfect for sightseeing and experiencing Cape delights.
- June – the secret season with rainy days, cosy fireplaces and fair beach weather
- July – people flock to the Cape to watch the Southern Right whales
- August – enjoy red wine in front of fireplaces and discover the history of the Cape
Luckily, winter (June to August) is not the season for discontent in the Mother City and visitors always marvel at the sights of this beautiful city as it reveals its glorious true colours yearlong.
The best month to visit Cape Town
December is a holiday month in the Cape and festivities abound. In South Africa, the schools start after the December break within the first two weeks of the year. So just after the New Year’s rush, things quiet down significantly as the locals settle back into their daily routine.
The first few months of the year
Visitors who are not bound by the school holidays may find the first few months of the year, after mid-January and before the Easter school break, to be the best time to visit Cape Town for the following reasons:
- There is still a feeling of fun in the air in January while locals settle into the New Year.
- Lovely beach weather prevails throughout February and March. Visitors can enjoy the long summer days on any of a number of fantastic Cape Town beaches.
- Harvest time is in March in the Western Cape. This is not only the month when the last of the season’s wine and table grapes are ready for the picking, but harvest time sees numerous festivities at a variety of venues, which offer great family activities near Cape Town. Stomping grapes alongside award-winning winemakers is a memorable way to learn to appreciate the fruit of the vine.
- Sightseeing is such fun and Cape Town’s City Sightseeing topless buses offer a great way to explore the Peninsula in the sunny summer months, which usually lasts well into April.
Autumn months also have their charms
If you find it hard to plan a getaway in the first half of the year, the Western Cape’s autumn months also have their charms and you are guaranteed of a great holiday in Cape Town:
- In May, you stand to benefit from out of season rates on your self-catering holiday accommodation in Cape Town. With fewer visitors to the Cape in autumn, good deals can be found on luxury rentals in Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton and even Sea Point.
- Visitors don’t only benefit from out of season accommodation rates during the month of May, but also from a collaborative effort of restaurants (in conjunction with Restaurant Week and The Good Food and Wine Show) to increase their patronage by offering lunch and dinner specials.
- Catch the wine launches shortly after harvest time and be one of the first to enjoy the latest releases of award-winning wines.
- June and July give active holidaymakers the chance to make the most of the great outdoors, which is so bountiful in the Cape. Hikers, bikers, mountaineers and sailors delight in the beauty of the Cape all year round and with little rainfall in autumn, the mild climate makes for many happy hours exploring sea and land.
Winter can be surprisingly spectacular
Travelling to Cape Town in winter can be surprisingly spectacular. Many winter days in Cape Town remain warm and temperate, really showing off the beauty of the Cape. Some delight in witnessing a sprinkle of snow on the Boland Mountains offset against a dazzling blue winter sky.
- Whale watchers will not be disappointed when choosing winter to visit the Mother City in July, August and September. Southern Right Whales come to the Atlantic and Indian Ocean coasts of the Western Cape to mate and give birth to their babies. Enjoy the surprise splash and flash sighting of whale tails while sipping cocktails overlooking the sea.
- Shopping in winter is a favourite activity. Winter specials see great discounts in the stores, usually in the month of August. Local arts and crafts generally also go for a song in comparison to the prices commanded during high season.
- Cape Town has some of the most beautiful and relaxing spas in the country. August is a quiet time in South Africa following the mid-year school holidays and most Spa’s save their special for August, which is also Women’s Month in South Africa. This quieter winter month is the best time to book yourself a treat and enjoy a well-priced pampering to get away from it all.
- Sipping South African red wine next to a warm fire while listening to the falling rain is dream relaxation activity to be enjoyed in July and August. Pamper yourself, find a good book or bring great company along and enjoy a cosy and relaxing time out.
Landscapes explode with colour in spring
When spring has sprung, the landscape explodes with colour as the field flowers burst into bloom. Here are more reasons to love to holiday in Cape Town in spring:
- Spring is the time of new life. The Cape Floral Kingdom is world-renowned and September and October are the best months to enjoy the special treat of flowers appearing naturally on the landscape.
- Whales are also still active in spring and September is a popular whale-watching time, where the Overberg town of Hermanus hosts its annual Whale Festival.
- Cycling and trail running is so much fun when the weather is a little warmer and the trails a little drier. September, October and November are great months for spending time outdoors. September is also the month in which the Cape Town Marathon takes place.
- Catch fun in the sun before the rush when booking your holiday in November.
Cape Town’s weather by the month
The weather in January is hot, hot, hot. Sun-seekers favour the dry and hot weather and the beautiful long days with slow sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean. The infamous South Easter can blow at gale force in summer, which means wind-free beaches such as Clifton’s Fourth Beach will be packed to the rafters.
More hot and dry conditions prevail when looking at Cape Town weather in February. The South Easter can still be strong but with fewer local tourists around, holidaymakers can grab the best spots.
The weather in March is still perfect summer holiday weather. It is dry and hot, the wind generally slacks down and there is lots to do, such as taking part or supporting the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour – the world’s largest timed cycle race.
Easter weekend is usually at the end of March or early in April. Organisers of the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, which always takes place on Easter weekend, will concur that Cape Town’s weather in April can never be predicted. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it is windy and sometimes the weather is just perfect: mild, sunny and spectacular.
The locals would be hoping for rain, but the weather in May does not always play along. While the temperature would generally be around the early 20ᵒ Celsius (68ᵒ Fahrenheit) mark, the days can be sunny and heat up to be perfect for the beach.
Early snow on the Boland Mountains can make Cape Town a special treat for visitors in June. Interspersed with mild and sunny days, it is the rainy season and a great time to visit wineries and taste wines in front of a warm fireplace.
Cape Town weather in July should be cold and rainy, although the Cape often surprises visitors with sunny warm days in between. Visitors from colder countries have nothing to fear from hostile temperatures since Cape Town’s winter temperatures hardly ever drop below 10ᵒC and daytime usually stays stable at around 16ᵒC.
More snow should fall on the Boland Mountains brought about by cold fronts, which makes the weather in August still cool. However, similar to the weather in July, visitors may just strike it lucky with beautiful early spring weather in between.
When the flowers are out, the Cape’s weather in September is often still cold and rainy. However, the sun may shine and golden rays bathe the landscape rich in colour.
The winter finally is over and the weather in October is generally beautiful: mild and wind-free.
Cape Town’s weather in November sees the city heating up and gearing itself for summer. The South Easter wind may start picking up and blowing away any smog that could spoil the beauty of the Peninsula.
Hot and dry best describes the weather in December. Enjoy the carefree long days of summer. Remember to take along a warm jumper or pashmina when heading out at night, as the evenings can suddenly cool down when the sun sets.
Where to stay when visiting Cape Town
Once you’ve decided when you want to visit Cape Town, you have to choose where you want to stay. The Atlantic Seaboard is undoubtedly the most popular place among visitors and the best area to stay because of its central location, easy access, and upmarket suburbs with luxury accommodation.
- Camps Bay accommodation in the form of sea-view villas and apartments are ideal for families who enjoy the beach and want to be near the action.
- Bantry Bay accommodation is upmarket and luxurious. Vistas of sunsets, privacy and exclusivity, will ensure a relaxing, comfortable stay in a quieter location.
- Sea Point accommodation is varied, and holidaymakers can book anything from one-bedroom accommodation to a four-bedroom penthouse overlooking the sea. Sea Point is busy and central.
- Clifton accommodation is exclusive and will see visitors enjoy the privacy of a beach bungalow or apartment only a few steps from the beach.
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