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Cape Town – Best time to go

Best time to visit Cape Town

Spring Season

Spring, from September to November, is delightful; quieter than the summer months, with warm and rising temperatures, freshly blooming flowers, and fabulous whale and dolphin watching, particularly in September. 

Summer Season

For the best beach weather, head to Cape Town in the summer months of December to February. Temperatures are at their highest, and so are tourist numbers, especially at Christmas and New Year. Strong winds occasionally mist over Table Mountain. 

Autumn Season

Autumn is a great time to see Cape Town. March, April, and May still see plenty of blue sky and sunshine, but fewer tourists, so you get more space on the sands of Camps Bay or the trails of Table Mountain. 

Winter Season

The winter months of June to August are when Cape Town sees most rainfall. The weather can be wet, windy, and chilly, while other days are clear, sunny, and even warm. Pack warmer clothes if you plan to visit at this time.  

Favourite Season

Cape Town is a great year round destination, but we particularly love visiting between October and April. South Africa’s seasons are opposite to the UK, so it feels great to see the sunshine when things have turned cold at home.

Best times to visit

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
22ºC
20mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
23ºC
20mm

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
21ºC
30mm

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
18ºC
50mm

Average weather in May

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
70mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
90mm

Average weather in July

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
100mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
13ºC
70mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
14ºC
50mm

Average weather in October

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
16ºC
40mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
18ºC
20mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cape Town
20ºC
20mm