South Africa in March

March

March sees parks and reserves starting to emerge from green season, with big cats coming out of the shade to enjoy cooler temperatures during the daytime.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 28°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 18°C
  • Average rainfall = 90mm
  • Average daylight = 12.5 hours

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

  • Days and nights are generally warm, with less rainfall than January and February
  • Most safari areas of South Africa are emerging from wet season
  • Temperatures decrease gradually throughout the month
  • We recommend warm layers for early morning and evening game drives, to protect against wind chill.

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING SOUTH AFRICA IN MARCH?

  • Safari in South Africa is excellent all year round
  • Big cats are more visible during the daytime, as lower temperatures make for reduced need to find shade
  • Migratory birds are still in residence in many parks and reserves – Kruger National Park and Mkhuze Game Reserve are particularly packed with birdlife
  • Landscapes are lush due to previous months’ wet weather
  • It’s one of the best months for experiencing the Garden Route
  • The Klein Karoo arts festival takes place in Oudtshoorn
  • Beach time and snorkelling on the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal is especially good this month
  • Keen birders have lots of opportunities to photograph vibrant birdlife.

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • Availability of properties can be low due to South Africa’s Easter holidays
  • There can be a lot of other travellers
  • Wildlife is fairly well dispersed over parks and reserves, as there are plenty of water sources
  • You might be troubled by mosquitoes
  • Safari in parks such as the Kruger can yield fewer wildlife sightings where the bush remains dense.

RECOMMENDED SAFARIS TO SOUTH AFRICA IN MARCH