Cape Town, known to locals as The Mother City. And rightfully so. This is where Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company first set foot in South Africa back in April 1652. Cape Town was the largest town in South Africa until Johannesburg developed around 1886 due to the Witwatersrand Gold Rush.
Now the second-largest city in South Africa, Cape Town is high on the bucket list for any traveller to South Africa.
Whether you plan on making a road trip or just a quick visit as part of a journey, Cape Town will not be disappointed.
Cape Town is a year-round destination. However, if you are travelling for a specific experience, you might need to double-check each year’s best time to visit.
Here are a few things to keep in mind :
Add-on to your safari
Coming on a safari to South Africa – Cape Town is a great add-on.
You can arrive in Cape Town, spend a few nights here to recover after your long international flight, or you can end your trip here to explore before travelling back home.
Adding a visit to Cape Town while planning a safari, you would most likely travel when it is best to view wildlife. But with Cape Town having so much to offer throughout the year, you would still be amazed.
Winter vs Summer
Cape Town is a winter rainfall region, and therefore during the winter months, she receives most of her rain and cold weather.
Winter is from about May through to July, and the hottest days are during Summer from about December through to February.
But there is never a dull moment while visiting Cape Town. You might experience a “day of all the seasons”. There might be a little rain, some wind and even some sunshine.
However, you will be able to fill your days without much effort. Hot sunny days can be spent outdoors exploring the nature reserves, or you can relax at the beach.
There are plenty of adventure activities also on offer, including sandboard, surfing, paragliding and skydiving. You can even rent a bike to explore the mountain trails or pack your hiking boots. Enjoy a sunset cruise to end the day.
During the cold rainy days, there are some great museums to visit or the aquarium.
Nothing makes a cold rainy day better than a glass of world-class wine in front of the fireplace. Maybe even try your hand at a cooking class. But not all days during winter are cold and rainy. So if you happen to be in Cape Town in winter, you might get a lovely sunny day, and you can explore the outdoors.
With the considerable diversity Cape Town has to offer, you can certainly visit all year round.
You can travel during the popular warmer months or travel when there are fewer tourists, generally during the winter months. Or if you are attending a special event, be it the Rugby World 7’s or an international conference, add a few days to your visit. You will want to explore all the beauty Cape Town has to offer. Starting planning, Cape Town is ready to welcome you.
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