Best Time to Visit Cape Town

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Cape Town. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Cape Town. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Cape Town for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 7 °C to 26 °C
Waves Symbol 14 °C to 19 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.553.66 in (3 – 10 Days of Rain)
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General and Geography

Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and one of the most popular travel metropolises in the world. According to current statistics, the metropolitan region on the Western Cape is home to around 3.9 million people.

As the first city founded during the Dutch colonial period, Cape Town is still known today as Mother City, the mother city of the rainbow nation.

Cape Town became world-famous mainly for Table Mountain, which became the landmark of the whole of South Africa. Together with the neighbouring elevations of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill and Devil’s Peak, the city skyline is dominated by the Table Mountain massif.

In many places it is said that Cape Town is the only city on two oceans. In reality, however, Cape Town extends exclusively along the Atlantic Ocean. The confluence of the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean only occurs about 130 miles below Cape Agulhas.

Climate in Cape Town

Luftaufnahme aus Helikopter über Kapstadt (Deyan / stock.adobe.com)  lizenziertes Stockfoto 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate in Cape Town and the provinces of the Cape is largely Mediterranean with a typically humid winter. The seasons are exactly the opposite to ours in Europe. The Atlantic Ocean has a great influence on the climate, so that there are comparatively small temperature fluctuations throughout the year.

The cooler rainy season in winter usually begins at the end of April and usually lasts until mid-September with runners. Afterwards the cape region shines particularly colourfully, the landscapes really blossom. October is already quite dry, but often shows strong and quite cool storms.

In November, the South African spring goes into the summer, the days are now much friendlier, sunnier and warmer. From December to February it is midsummer in Cape Town, and March is still pleasantly warm. The vineyards now glow in the most beautiful autumn colours and look forward to the slow onset of moisture from the end of April.

Best Time to Visit Cape Town: Overview

JanuaryJan
Main SeasonMain Season
Hot and Dry
FebruaryFeb
Main SeasonMain Season
Hot and Dry
MarchMar
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Perfect climate in
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AprilApr
Autumn in Cape TownSA
usually Pleasant
MayMay
Late Autumn
a little bit cool and wet
JuneJun
Winter in Cape TownWinter in South Africa
cool and wet
JulyJul
Winter in Cape TownWinter in South Africa
cool and wet
AugustAug
Winter in Cape TownWinter in South Africa
cool and wet
SeptemberSep
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Still chilly
OctoberOct
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Perfect climate
NovemberNov
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PerfectPerf. climate
DecemberDec
Main SeasonMain Season
Hot and Dry

When is the best time to travel to Cape Town?


The more intensively you deal with the topic of the best travel season in Cape Town, the more you will come across sometimes contradictory information. This is mainly due to the fact that many suppliers like to market Cape Town as an ideal year-round destination in order to sell it better for combinations with other parts of the country.

In fact, you can travel to Cape Town all year round – but this information applies to almost every city in the world, doesn’t it? However, the winter in the Cape region is not only quite cool, but also extremely humid. It is comparatively windless, but regularly there is unpleasant drizzle or even downpour.

We therefore recommend the period from November to the end of March as the best travel season for Cape Town. December, January and February are particularly hot, but at the same time also the driest months and therefore the absolute peak season. This drought usually makes Cape Town’s weather very bearable even during periods of heat.

The transitional months of October and April are also a good travel season for Cape Town. The time before and after the African Christmas holidays in the Cape region between mid-December and mid-January is particularly beautiful. Our favorites are mainly February and March as well as October.

Climate Chart Cape Town

Climate Chart Cape Town
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Cape Town

In the following, you will find the climate table for Cape Town, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature26°26°25°23°20°18°17°18°19°21°24°25°
Night Temperature16°16°14°12°11°13°15°
Water Temperature18°19°19°18°17°16°15°14°15°16°17°18°
Precipitation (inch)0.550.630.831.612.683.663.273.031.611.30.630.67
Rainy days3336810997533
Hours of Sunshine1111987667891011
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 16.7 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: February (21 °C)
Coldest month: July (12.2 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 19 °C. Comfortable bathing is possible at water temperatures of about 21 °C.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
January, February, March, April, May, November, and December

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 20.47 inch on 69 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 10.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.5 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights & Sights


Cape Town is rich in attractions and sights, which can be completed either on your own or in guided tours. A visit to Table Mountain and the world-famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a must. A trip to Robben Island, the prison island of Nelson Mandela, is also a must.

The colourful houses in the Bo-Kaap district are always a popular photo motif. A tour along the peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope lures you by rental car. Meanwhile, there is beach life at the Clifton Beaches, Bloubergstrand or Camps Bay. The delicacies of the Old Biscuit Mill are not to be missed either.

More information about the best things to do: South Africa | Cape Town

Popular Activities

More attractions

Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight | Two Oceans Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Entrance ticket | Cape Town Tandem Paragliding | Cape Town: Waterfront and Sunset Champagne Cruise | Cape Town: Half-Day Guided Township Tour | Cape Town: Half-Day Table Mountain and City Tour | Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion’s Head Sunset Hike |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Cape Town (Station De Waterkant)
clear sky     clear sky, 13.8 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 2 mph SO
Air Pressure: 1021 hPa       Humidity: 93 %
Last updated: 22nd May 2019, 08:42 pm
The next days …
23rd May 201924th May 201925th May 201926th May 201927th May 201928th May 2019
sky is clear17 °C to 18 °Csky is clear17 °C to 18 °Cscattered clouds18 °C to 21 °Clight rain17 °C to 21 °Covercast clouds14 °C to 15 °Csky is clear15 °C to 18 °C
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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South Africa: Regions

Cape Town is part of the holiday destination South Africa. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Cape Town: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 5 reviews for Cape Town holiday already. Average rating is 4.4 of 5 stars.
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    Jutta, 54 years old was there in January

    Mostly sunny, best weather for excursions. Couldn’t have been better.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Sascha, 39 years old was there in April

    Were in Cape Town for 4 days at the end of April. 3 days super, warm and sunny. Half a day of heavy rain and thunderstorms, in the evening again beautiful. Had planned the trips to Robbenisland and Table Mountain according to the weather forecasts and had best weather. Cape Town is a must for all globetrotters.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Ann-Kathrin, 37 years old was there in November

    great climate in cape town, stellenbosch and hermanus. from there we continue along the garden route, an unforgettable trip!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Astrid, 36 years old was there in April

    In April I was professionally in the Cape region, especially in Cape Town and the neighbouring Stellenbosch. The weather was rather changeable, some days sunshine, on other days rather cloudy or even rainy. You’re never in it. In principle, I would probably prefer January to March as travel time next time.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Petra, 54 years old was there in March

    We were in Cape Town at the end of March and had great weather: Table Mountain with super visibility, pleasantly warm and very sunny during the day. Ideal for exploring Mother City and excursions into the surrounding area: Everything enchanted us. Whether Cape of Good Hope, the penguins at Boulders Beach, Robben Island or the good wine in Franschhoek. We definitely want to return as soon as possible, at the same time of the journey.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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