å Cape Town Travel Calendar
A guide to the best time to visit Cape Town, laid out in a calendar format with seasonal descriptions.
January to March
Height of summer. Hot, dry and sunny weather. It can be windy, but it seldom rains. Average day time temperature is between 25-30 °C, on some days even higher. It's the low season for whale watching and shark cage diving, but arguably the best time for visiting Cape Town.
April and May
Cooler weather, beginning of rainy season. Average daytime temperatures between 20-25 °C. Shark viewing season picks up. Good time for visiting Cape Town.
June and July
Winter time, often cold, rainy and windy. You may get some sunny days but it is not beach weather. Whale watching season picks up. Average day time temperature between 14-18 °C.
August and September
End of winter, early spring. Can still be cold with plenty of rain, but more sunny days. Peak season for whale and shark viewing, as well as the spectacular flower season along the West coast. Average daytime temperatures between 16-20 °C.
October and November
Beginning of summer and end of the rainy season. This is a popular time to visit, and with good reason. The weather can vary but usually it is pleasant and warm. Whale watching is still good. End of the shark season and flower season. Average daytime temperatures between 20-25 °C.
Peak season in Cape Town. Book far in advance if you plan to visit in December. The South African summer school holidays bring thousands of people to Cape Town. The weather is usually sunny and windy (the strong south-east wind is called The Cape Doctor). Temperatures are up to 30 °C, on some days even hotter. The beaches are packed and the city comes alive with festivity, events, live music and parties, ending with the annual Coon/Kaapse Klopse Festival on 2 January.