When to Go

High Season (Apr–Aug)

  • Most places bask in temperate sunshine, with comfortable (but often chilly) nights.
  • Cape Town (a more Mediterranean climate) experiences rain and blustery winds.
  • High season in Botswana and Namibia begins in June and runs until October.

Shoulder (Feb, Mar, Sep & Oct)

  • Usually quite comfortable in the region's central areas.
  • Great time to visit with good wildlife viewing but fewer tourist numbers.
  • Rains in Botswana and Namibia make getting off-road difficult, but it's high season in the Kalahari.

Low Season (Nov–Jan)

  • In the north, plan for inclement weather.
  • Heat can be oppressive and travel more difficult due to washed-out roads.
  • Birdwatching and thunderstorms at their best.