Ensure a Memorable Holiday by Choosing the Best Time of the Year 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, spring, summer, autumn or winter, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whichever one of these months sounds like the best time of the year to visit Cape Town, we bet you are in for a wonderful time. To find the perfect accommodation for all seasons, browse through our luxury villas and apartments in Cape Town.
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.
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 of the year to visit Cape Town for the following reasons:
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:
Travelling to Cape Town in winter can be surprisingly spectacular. Many winter days in Cape Town remain warm and temperate, 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.
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:
Wherever you want to stay on holiday in Cape Town, contact Nox Rentals to help you find luxury accommodation in Cape Town to suit your family and budget. We will make sure that whichever season you choose, it is the best time to visit Cape Town.
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.
Easy summer: 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.
Wherever you want to stay on holiday in Cape Town, contact Nox Rentals to help you find a luxury holiday rental in Cape Town to suit your family and budget. We will make sure that whichever month you choose, it is the ideal time to visit Cape Town.
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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.
Ready to start planning your trip? Find the answers to your travel-related questions in our handy, one-stop Cape Town holiday planning hub – complete with info-packed guides and resources that will make planning your visit a breeze.