South Africa in April

April

April offers a nice balance between the dry weather in the safari regions and sunny days in the Cape with the opportunity to see birds gathering, in readiness for flying to the Northern Hemisphere.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 27°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 14°C
  • Average rainfall = 51mm
  • Average daylight = 11 hours

WHAT’S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN SOUTH AFRICA IN APRIL?

  • Days are warm with only a few clouds, but mornings and evenings can be chilly, particularly at high altitudes
  • The green season is approaching its end, so there’s less rainfall, especially in reserves in the north and east of the country
  • Temperatures are cooler than they were in March, and it’s not as humid
  • It’s cool enough in the mornings and evenings for YZ to suggest packing long layers
  • On the Indian Ocean side of South Africa, sea temperatures are comfortable due to warm currents from the east
  • Chances of light showers around Cape Town from April onwards.

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING SOUTH AFRICA IN APRIL?

  • Safari in South Africa is superb all year round
  • Availability of properties is generally good, becoming better towards the end of April
  • Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains is highly recommended, as the summer rains ease off and the temperatures cool
  • Birdlife abounds, with many species gathering before flying to the Northern Hemisphere
  • Trees are fully fruiting and leaves are dropping in the Kruger National Park, creating a gorgeous array of colours
  • Beach activities such as snorkelling are excellent
  • Photography from high altitudes is brilliant, due to lack of cloud coverage.

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • If you’re hoping to travel to South Africa at the beginning of the month, it might be worth booking your favourite accommodation in advance
  • There are quite a lot of other travellers about
  • Before the bush thins, it can be tricky to spot wildlife
  • Where water sources are numerous, wildlife can be fairly dispersed across parks and reserves
  • You might encounter a few mosquitoes.

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