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South Africa in October


October heralds the beginning of the rains in many areas, characterised by the return of greenery to parks and reserves and the start of birthing season for some mammal species.

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

  • Overall, days are warm – but there can be a day or two of heavy rain
  • It’s shoulder season, between the dry and green times of year
  • Temperatures increase throughout the month
  • We recommend lots of layers, and a waterproof.

What are the highlights of visiting South Africa in October?

  • October is fantastic for visiting several different destinations within South Africa
  • Kruger National Park offers great game viewing, before the rains arrive
  • It’s peak season in the Cape, featuring gorgeous cloudless skies
  • Many mammal species give birth during this time
  • As the rains begin, parks and reserves are filled with verdant vegetation
  • Travellers to the Cape can enjoy beautiful floral displays
  • The arrival of the rains can provide a dramatic subject for photography.

Any lowlights?

  • As it’s high season, some parts of South Africa (such as the Kruger) can get a bit busy
  • The Kruger can feel uncomfortably hot
  • Heavy showers can present a nuisance
  • The mosquitoes return with the rains.

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