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South Africa in August


We’re well into dry season in northern and eastern parks and reserves, with amazing visibility as animals congregate around scarce water sources – and penguin chicks are hatching on some of the beaches around Cape Town.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 25°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 9°C
  • Average rainfall = 10mm
  • Average daylight = 10.5 hours

What's the weather going to be like in South Africa in August?

  • Days are warm, while nights are on the chilly side
  • It’s dry season across northern and eastern parks and reserves
  • Rainfall remains low, and temperatures are on the up throughout the country
  • The varying temperatures require lots of layers, including something snug for nights (hot water bottles are provided in camps).

What are the highlights of visiting South Africa in August?

  • Safari in South Africa is exceptionally good throughout the year
  • It’s generally dry, and sparse vegetation makes for great visibility of wildlife
  • There are very few mosquitoes about
  • This is the best month for viewing the Big Five in safari areas such as Kruger National Park, and marine life off the coast of the Western Cape
  • Water sources are scarce in northern and eastern parks and reserves, making for reliable wildlife sightings as animals congregate around waterholes
  • Newborn penguins may be viewed on the beach destinations around Cape Town
  • The Western and Northern Cape is filled with the sights and scents of blossoming flowers
  • Clear conditions create amazing photo opportunities, especially for capturing big game species.

Any lowlights?

  • It’s necessary to book well in advance – August entices a lot of travellers to South Africa, all across the country
  • Due to increased demand for accommodation, rates are very high this month
  • Safari areas and other popular regions are crowded
  • Towards the south of the country, the weather deteriorates
  • Cape Town’s Table Mountain cable car closes in August, for its yearly maintenance.

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