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Best Time To Visit South Africa

With rich diversity and a balance of urban splendor and wholesome nature, South African Safaris offers a year-round destination. The Best Time To Visit South Africa is from May to September. Because it is less cold and wildlife viewing is excellent.

Best Season To Visit South Africa

Peak Season

November to March is the peak season for South Africa Safaris. As you know South Africa is located in the southern hemisphere. Hence, during this season as the beaches are mostly packed, and the cities are most alive.

Shoulder Season

Spring and autumn are the two shoulder seasons of South Africa. Many tourists prefer these months over the peak season.

Low Season

Winter comes between May to September in South Africa. Even though ideal for certain regions, winters are generally considered the low tourist season. So, it remains an active season for tourists to visit.

South Africa Weather

Best Weather (April-May and September-October)

Pleasant temperatures and afternoon storms are unlikely. So you could enjoy an uninterrupted South Africa Safari.

Worst Weather (June to August)

Generally very cold in the morning and at night.

Travel Season Min / Max TemperatureSeason
Summer21 - 32 °CWarm, Sunny, Bright
Autumn12 - 30 °CMild, Pleasant, Bright
Winter8 - 25 °CWindy, Chilly, Bright
Spring16 - 29 °CMild, Pleasant, Bright

Best time to visit major South Africa National Parks

May to September –Dry Season – Winter

  • Because of less vegetation and animals gather around rivers and waterholes. So, the wildlife is easier to spot
  • Most days are sunny with little to no rain
  • All the parks are less crowded, except for Kruger during school holidays.
  • Colder morning and nights.

October to April – Wet Season – Summer

  • The scenery turns green and all looks fresh, after the first rains.
  • It is the best time for bird watching and spotting migratory birds.
  • The afternoon sees short showers and seldom really interferes with your trip.

With fabulous weather, excellent wildlife viewing, and awesome beaches, South African Safari Destinations are providing a trip of a lifetime. Experience the best of South African Safaris with Gazelle Safaris Africa.

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Quick Facts About South Africa

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Frequently Asked Questions

South Africa is known for its numerous safari destinations, but the most famous, and perhaps most impressive for the big five the Kruger National Park and its surrounding territory.

The best time to visit South Africa Safari is during the dry months of May to September. This is the best period for wildlife viewing as all the animals congregate around waterholes and rivers.

When in South Africa, going on safari is a must. All the traditional African safari experiences are just a couple of hours' drive from the city center.

A valid passport of a minimum of six months with two consecutive blank pages is mandatory for traveling to South Africa. Visa may be required depending upon your nationality. Just check the entry visa requirement at your nearest embassy.

South Africa is the hub of the most luxurious lodges in Africa along with boutique hotels and intimate guesthouses. These are beautiful traditional safari lodges in the middle of the bush. Also, some ledges offer rooms with their own plunge pool and deck.

You are required to declare all foreign currency in any form upon your entry or exit from South Africa. So, the wise thing is to change your money when required. There are lots of facilities for currency exchange in hotels and lodges.

Yes, South Africa is an excellent destination for families. The game reserves are malaria-free. See the Africa "Big 5" and go on exciting activities in Cape Town.

South Africa has 11 official languages. But the major languages are English and Afrikaans. English is spoken widely throughout South Africa.

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