Frequently Asked QuestionsWhen is the best time to go?
As Southern Hemisphere seasons are the reverse of those in the North, winter peaks over June and July and summer over December and January. The summer is great for the beaches and water sports, while spring through to autumn are more suited for hiking up the mountains when the sun isn't quite so fierce.
As with all things there is a trade off, expect to queue for major attractions during the summer, and be prepared for the odd storm during the winter. Whatever time of year you arrive, you can be sure to find a wonderful variety of activities and attractions available to you, together with dramatic sunsets, great food and wonderful South African hospitality!
Cape Town Weather
Cape Town is never out of season, with a particularly good, long summer from November to March. These are the most popular months for normal tourists, who come to enjoy the 11 or more hours of sunshine every day. The average summer temperature in Cape Town is 24.3 degrees Centigrade, with January and February temperatures averaging 26 degrees Centigrade. February is the driest month of the year, with only 15 mm (0.6 inches) of rain.
Spring (September/October) and Autumn (April/May) are also excellent times to visit Cape Town as they are usually in-between seasons, when nature is at its showiest.
While Cape Town’s winters (June to August) can be stormy, they often produce perfectly temperate days, with June & July being our busiest months for volunteer arrivals. The average temperature during Cape Town’s winter season is between 7 and 20 degrees Centigrade. It’s not uncommon, however, to enjoy a week of sunshine and temperatures ranging between 21 and 26 degrees Celsius and there are never any frosty mornings.
Average daily sunshine is between 7.5 and 9.5 hours (London = 3.8 hours; New York = 6.9 hours)