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The best time to visit Southern Africa

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Experience the beauty of Southern Africa, a region renowned for its diverse landscapes, wildlife encounters, and vibrant cultures. Whether you’re an adventurer seeking thrilling safaris, a nature enthusiast longing to observe incredible ecosystems, or a history buff eager to examine UNESCO World Heritage sites, Southern Africa has it all. 

Find the ideal time to visit this enchanting destination, and get ready to make unforgettable memories. Southern Africa encompasses several countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and more. With its rich biodiversity, mesmerizing landscapes, and captivating history, Southern Africa offers something for every type of explorer

Exploring by region 

To make the most of your visit to Southern Africa, it’s important to understand the climate and temperature ranges in each region. Doing so will maximize the availability of wildlife sightings, accessibility to outdoor activities, and cultural events. 

South Africa 

South Africa is a land of extraordinary diversity, from vibrant cities to sweeping savannahs. The country experiences varying climates due to its vastness, but generally, South Africa can be divided into three regions: the Lowveld, the Highveld, and the Western Cape. 

The Lowveld (Kruger National Park and surrounding areas) offers a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers (averaging 75-90°F) and mild, dry winters (averaging 60-70°F). This region is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, where you can spot the famous Big Five animals (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo). 

Beautiful landscape of Cape Winelands, wine growing region near Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Winelands are an absolute must-visit for those traveling to South Africa!

The Highveld (Johannesburg and surrounding areas) experiences a moderate climate, with warm summers (averaging 70-80°F) and cool winters (averaging 50-60°F). This region is known for its cultural heritage, historical landmarks, and vibrant urban life. 

The Western Cape (including Cape Town and the Cape winelands) boasts a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers (averaging 70-80°F) and mild, wet winters (averaging 50-60°F). Here, you can journey along the stunning coastline, visit world-class vineyards, and marvel at iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites like Table Mountain. 


Zimbabwe is a hidden gem, home to magnificent natural wonders and vibrant wildlife. The country experiences a pleasant subtropical climate, with two distinct seasons: the dry season (May to October) and the wet season (November to April). 

Victoria Falls aerial view with road bridge, between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Africa
Fun fact: Victoria Falls is twice the height of Niagara Falls!

During the dry season, temperatures range from 70-85°F, providing excellent conditions for wildlife viewing. Don’t miss the extraordinary Victoria Falls, (which is, understandably, at its best during the wet season) one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and the magnificent Mana Pools National Park, known for its abundant wildlife and scenic beauty. 


Botswana is a land of pristine wilderness and unforgettable safari experiences. The country’s climate is characterized by two seasons: the dry season (April to October) and the wet season (November to March). 

The dry season offers mild temperatures ranging from 70-85°F, making it an ideal time to spot wildlife in the famous Okavango Delta. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a haven for wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, hippos, giraffes, and predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and wild dog. In the wet season the Okavango Delta transforms into a verdant wonderland that teems with birds but can make spotting animals a bit trickier. 

Leopard hiding at the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa
A leopard acts sly at the Okavango Delta.

Southern Africa beckons with its imposing landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. To plan your unforgettable journey, speak to one of our Destination Experts who can provide tailored recommendations, assist with itinerary planning, and ensure every detail of your trip is meticulously arranged. This is your chance to uncover the wonders of Southern Africa. 

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