South Africa is a vast and diverse country, offering a mix of desert, tropical coastlines, temperate woodlands, and snow-capped mountains, so the climate differs from region to region. From dynamic Cape Town and energetic Johannesburg to wildlife-filled expanses of wilderness and pristine shores, South Africa has something for every kind of traveller. For this reason, choosing the best time to visit largely depends on what you want to see and do.
Unlike many other African countries, South Africa rewards explorers the unique wonderment of four distinct seasons year-round. May through September is typically the drier season, making it ideal for safari game drives and other outdoor activities. October through April is considered more of the wet season, and an excellent time for birdwatching. December through February can be very hot, perfect for beach days and coastal adventures.