Best Time to Visit Johannesburg

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Johannesburg. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Johannesburg. 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 Johannesburg for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 4 °C to 26 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.164.92 in (1 – 12 Days of Rain)
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General & Geography

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city with around one million inhabitants and is home to more than 4.5 million people in the metropolitan region.

However, the capital of South Africa is Pretoria, about 34 miles to the north. Nevertheless, Johannesburg (nicknamed Joburg, more rarely Jozi) is something like the secret capital of the republic.

The average altitude is 1753 metres above sea level, Johannesburg is inland and has no access to an ocean or a major river. The distance from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in the east of the country is about 310 miles.

Often one hears only of the negative aspects in connection with the huge city: Chaotic traffic, appalling poverty and an exceptionally high crime rate. But Johannesburg has long since blossomed out in many districts and also offers interesting attractions for tourists.

Above all Sandton and Rosebank are used by many vacationers for some overnight accomodation at the beginning or end of a journey. In any case, with OR Tambo International Airport, Joburg is the continent’s busiest hub and thus also the gateway to South Africa for most foreign visitors.

There are countless international flight connections to Johannesburg.

Climate in Johannesburg

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Johannesburg in South Africa is located in the southern hemisphere, so that the seasons are generally exactly opposite to those in Europe. The South African winter is therefore between June and August, while the South African midsummer falls between November and February.

Despite the altitude on the central plateau of the so-called Highveld, the climate in Johannesburg and the surrounding area is quite mild all year round and also very friendly with 8 to 10 hours of sunshine. Nevertheless, especially in the South African summer between mid-October and the end of March, increased precipitation is to be expected.

The potential rainy season is thus largely identical to the wetter travel season in Kruger National Park. In Johannesburg, however, temperatures are more moderate: although values above 30 °C can occur between September and March during hot spells, these are rare exceptions.

As a rule, the Johannesburg metropolitan region records day temperatures of about 25 °C and night temperatures of about 14 °C between October and March. In winter, daytime temperatures of around 17 °C are expected in July and August and an average of 4 °C at night. Frost is rare, but occasionally occurs between the end of May and September.

Best Time to Visit Johannesburg: Overview

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When is the best time to travel to Johannesburg?


Johannesburg is generally good to visit all year round, as it is of course not a beach holiday destination and very few visitors will stay in the city for two weeks. In this respect, further route planning in South Africa is very important when choosing the best travel time.

Many tourists combine Johannesburg with a safari in the north-eastern reservations in the Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg National Park, 140 miles to the north-west, or the Madikwe Reserve on the Botswana border. The rainy season in summer is only conditionally suitable for such a trip.

This is less due to the partly high temperatures than to the effects of the rainfalls on the vegetation and thus the observation possibilities of the animals: They disappear now from the few water points, since there are sufficient drinking possibilities everywhere. In addition, the dense bush now offers much better coverage.

But even if you don’t go on safari, we can only recommend the wetter summer in Johannesburg with restrictions. The best time to travel is without a doubt the dry season between April and October, although the significantly cooler months of June and July (perfect for safaris!) have been somewhat excluded by us.

Climate Chart Johannesburg

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Johannesburg

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

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature26°25°24°21°19°16°17°19°23°24°24°25°
Night Temperature15°14°13°10°11°13°14°
Precipitation (inch)4.923.543.582.130.510.350.160.241.062.834.614.13
Rainy days128872111371111
Hours of Sunshine888899999989
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 16 °C.

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

Warmest month: January (20.2 °C)
Coldest month: June (10.1 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 28.07 inch on 72 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).

Months that have possible snowfall: June

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, September is the sunniest month with an average of 9.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.6 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.

Sights in Johannesburg


Johannesburg is not a classical beauty and still has to struggle with the challenges of a constantly growing metropolis of millions, where the gap between rich and poor seems unstoppable. Nevertheless, the city also has more and more to offer to tourists. We are happy to reveal some of our favourites:

A stay in Joburg would not be complete without visiting one of its outstanding (and incredibly inexpensive) steakhouses – especially The Grillhouse Rosebank at the Hyatt Hotel and Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery at beautiful Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

Every Saturday the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein lures with countless delicacies, African live music and a lot of joie de vivre. On Sundays we recommend a stroll through the great designer and souvenir stands at the Market on Main or the popular Rosebank Sunday Market.

A visit to the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill is a must to learn more about the rainbow nation’s past. A tour through the townships of SoWeTo is also an eye-opener if you fall back on a competent and experienced guide.

We strongly advise against visiting Lion Park (now Lion and Safari Park) near Johannesburg. Interaction with caged lions may provide’great photos’, but it is pure animal cruelty. The babies are separated from their mothers, older animals are sold to hunting concessions. If you like seeing lions, you should go on a real safari!

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Johannesburg
broken clouds     broken clouds, 32.1 °C
Clouds: 80 %       Wind: 2 mph WNW
Air Pressure: 1018 hPa       Humidity: 25 %
Last updated: 19th Dec 2018, 12:00 pm
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