South Africa is known for it’s sunny skies and beautiful weather, and travellers flock here in the summer months for this reason. While yes, sunny weather is great; there are also some great reasons to visit the country in the winter months. Here are five reasons to give winter in Cape Town a try:
- Less crazy crowds mean you’ve got more time to enjoy your vacation
Summer time in South Africa is busy, and when I say busy, I mean veerry busy. This makes most places festive, but for some people the crowds are too much. There’s nothing like a two-hour queue for the cable car up Table mountain to dampen your spirits. In winter, however, you’ll find less crowds and queues, and can fit more into your day with the time you’d usually spend waiting.
- Things tend to be a little less expensive at this time of year
Since less travellers are around in the winter time, local businesses run loads of promotions to stay afloat in their off season. This is great for budget or frugal travellers, as it means you’d be able to do something for much less – especially when it comes to accommodation and food. Look out for specials online and in stores, you might be able to save more than you realize!
- You’re more than likely going to have a whale of a time
Southern Right whales migrate to South African coastlines to have their baby’s during their breeding season. It’s really a spectacular event to witness them in their natural habitat. The peak season to see them is between July and November, so if whales are your thing you’ll have to come visit in winter. It’s a popular activity for locals, who love to take day trips to the whale watching town of Hermanus, picnic basket and flask of hot chocolate in tow. Hermanus also has a whale festival every year at the end of September, with many activities to get involved in.
- There’s no such thing as “typhoon” or “rainy” seasons; just winter
While South Africa does have the cold, rainy winter days – they’re not nearly as bad as you’d think. The temperatures in most of the big cities nearly never go anywhere close to freezing. We actually get some days where you’d completely forget it’s winter, because of the sunshine and warmth. While the Cape experiences winter rainfall, we do not get nearly enough. Gauteng gets their rain in summer. So, visiting in winter doesn’t mean all horrible weather – you’ll likely experience a few lovely sunny days as well.
- Take a break, enjoy one of many day or weekend festivals on offer
South African winter holiday calendars are full! From the Grahamstown National Arts festival, to the Knysna Oyster festival and even the Roberson Wacky Wine festival – there is a festival for any interest or hobby! There is no doubt that you’ll find something you enjoy and leave having gained a richer experience of South Africa.
So what you waiting for? Let’s get to Cape Town!