We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

Tel Aviv, Israel
4 posts
Save Topic
What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

Hello :)

We are about to go on our honeymoon trip and we chose South Africa as our destiny (A three weeks trip). Right now we need to choose whether to fly on March-April, which we understood that is the end of the summer in south africa ?, or July- Augost, which is winter ?

We want to split the trip to two parts: One is safary and animals and a lot of nature, and the second is beaches (capetown?).

can someone advise us ??

thank you !!

Berkhamsted, United...
Level Contributor
1,716 posts
198 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

South Africa is a sizeable country and weather patterns vary considerably from region to region, at different times of year.

July-August is not a good time for beaches in Cape Town; only northern Kwa-Zulu Natal beaches are viable at that time of year.

You haven't said where you might go on safari but July-August is a good time in the Kruger area - the weather is dry there in winter, there is less standing water, and vegetation is reduced. But it can be cold at night!

March-April is a good compromise. The earlier the better in that period for beaches, but not unreasonable for safari as the rains should have stopped.

Mentioned in this post
Cape Town
Cape Town
Western Cape, South Africa
Tel Aviv, Israel
4 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

Thank you !!

Your answer helped us a lot :)

Northampton, United...
Level Contributor
2,081 posts
45 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

Hello and June / July is a great time to be in KwaZulu Natal. The weather is generally warm, mid 20's, and dry. There are some great game reserves and stunning beaches. Its all also whale watching season off the north coast!

Mark - Owner - SafariKZN

Mentioned in this post
KwaZulu-Natal
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Randburg, Gauteng...
Level Contributor
977 posts
39 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

Hello, i think a really good time is your March/April, its the end of summer, Cape Town can have lovely weather at that time, and in Kruger, the day temps are much cooler, so more movement of animals. Also Kruger is the best in the country for game viewing.

Lyn - Owner - Thorntree Tours and Safaris

Mentioned in this post
Cape Town
Cape Town
Western Cape, South Africa
Hong Kong, China
Destination Expert
for Holiday Travel, Food and Travel, Macau
Level Contributor
28,367 posts
6,130 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

Some fairly sound advice given above. Generally speaking, we love KNP in the dead winter (May-early Sept) for the reasons stated above - great safari time. However, this is not the right time to go to Cape Town for obvious seasonal reasons. A good compromise is to visit in the March/April time so you get a bit of the best of both locations. Also, the KwaZulu Natal alternative destination to Cape Town is another worthy consideration. So, the good news is....... you've some good options.... Have a great time planning your honeymoon. You're going to love South Africa.

Mentioned in this post
Cape Town
Cape Town
Western Cape, South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
South Africa
Level Contributor
1,743 posts
23 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

It really is a matter of deciding what is most important - safari or beach. March-April is not the best time to be on safari - the grass is tall and the bush dense since it is the end of the rainy season, March can still be hot and rainy, there will be more mosquitos than in winter, animals do not frequent waterholes as they do in the dry season. However, July-August is not the best time for Cape Town, it might be rainy and windy and it will definitely be too cold to enjoy the beach. If beach is most important, aim for March or April. If safari is most important, aim for August and perhaps look to spend your beach time in northern Kwazulu-Natal instead of Cape Town - much warmer water and weather. In reality the Kruger Park is great to visit all year round, so personally for a honeymoon I would choose the warmer summer months.

Onne from Wild Wings Safaris

Mentioned in this post
Cape Town
Cape Town
Western Cape, South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Tel Aviv, Israel
4 posts
Save Reply
7. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

Thank you very much !!

Tel Aviv, Israel
4 posts
Save Reply
8. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

Thank you very much !!

9. Re: What is the best season to fly to South Africa ?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 10 February 2014, 05:16