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What are the weather patterns in South Africa?

 
South Africa is a large country on the tip of a huge continent. It has a 1,770-mile coastline stretching from the cold South Atlantic to the balmy Indian Ocean. The northern border meets the Kalahari, the East is subtropical and the Cape more like the Mediterranean. South Africa has several distinct climates and a variety of localised weather and precipitation patterns.
Aerial shot of Cape Town on a sunny day

What are the weather patterns in the Cape?

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People cycling through Cape Town

What are the weather patterns in the Cape?

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Whale breaching out of water off the coast of South Africa

What are the weather patterns in the Cape?

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The Cape, including the Garden Route, has a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool wet winters. Summer runs from mid-November to early April, so includes the school Christmas and Easter breaks. Autumn, from April to early June is usually a fine time to travel, with warm, mainly dry weather and colourful landscapes. From July to early November, the oceans make their presence felt with Atlantic weather fronts moderated by the influence of the Indian Ocean. A great time for whale watching!
Family on beach at Oyster Bay Hotel in KwaZulu Natal

What are the weather patterns in KwaZulu Natal?

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Family hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains

What are the weather patterns in KwaZulu Natal?

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Family watching antelope on walking safari in Phinda

What are the weather patterns in KwaZulu Natal?

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KwaZulu Natal runs from Mozambique south along the coast, beyond Durban and inland past the Drakensberg mountains. It is mostly subtropical and from November to March is hot, quite humid and prone to rainstorms, though there is also lots of sunshine, especially in the morning. April to October temperatures are largely warm and dry, hotter in the north and cooler at altitude in the Drakensberg mountains.
Rhino with calf near waterhole in Madikwe

What are the weather patterns of the Kruger and Madikwe?

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Children on game drive with safari guide in madikwe

What are the weather patterns of the Kruger and Madikwe?

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Leopard with cub in Sabi Sabi reserve

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The northern wildlife regions have hot weather from November to March and occasional rainstorms, diminishing as you go west towards the Namib and north towards the Kalahari. April to October is dry and the relatively high altitude of the region can make it very cold early morning and evening — ideal game viewing conditions — especially in the winter from May to early September. Even in these winter months, temperatures rise pleasantly soon after sunrise.
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