What to See and Do
When to go on a Cape Town holiday
Cape Town is a year-round destination: it has a temperate Mediterranean climate with a distinctly Northern Hemisphere range of seasons, though of course, south of the Equator, the seasons are inverted.
Cape Town's hot, windy and dry summer season is from November to March while the autumn months of April to May see some of Cape Town's best weather: warm days and cool nights with little wind and rain.
The cool winter months of June to August are when Cape Town gets most of its rain - along with the occasional storm. Spring is from early September to early November and sees warmer, calmer weather with some lingering rain.
Note that Cape Town's combination of mountains, oceans and wildly varying wind directions means that the weather can be unpredictable and can change rapidly. This is vital to remember if you're planning a quick walk up Table Mountain let alone a full-on hike.
Summer: 15°C - 27°C (59°F - 80.6°F)
Note that temperatures regularly reach the high 30's in summer and the (in)famous south-easterly wind can really blow at this time.
Winter: 7°C - 18°C degrees (44.6°F - 64.4°F)
Note that powerful cold fronts can deliver days of seriously foul weather between June and August.
When to go to Cape Town for a beach holiday
Cape Town's beaches can be enjoyed all year round but if you want to lie around and bake then visit Cape Town in summer - December to February. It's hot, sunny and the crowded beaches develop a thumping energy.
When to go to Cape Town for whale watching
Chances are you'll see whales off the Cape Town coast any time between June and November but peak whale watching season is September - head for nearby Hermanus and the Whale Coast.
When to go to Cape Town for hiking
You can hike the mountains of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula any time of year but we'd recommend the cooler, less windy autumn months of April to May or the August to November spring months when much of the flora is in full bloom.
When to go to Cape Town for the party season
A year-round party city, Cape Town really lets her hair down over the Christmas and New Year period. Hot and sunny with lots of parties and events, you'll need to book early - there are lots of visitors!
When to go to Cape Town for the flower season
There's something flowering at any time of year in the remarkable Cape flora but for a full floral show visit Cape Town in spring - there's tons to marvel at on the mountains and at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens but the real floral extravaganza takes place a few hours north of Cape Town on the West Coast and in Namaqualand. Timing is difficult to pinpoint but usually falls between August and September.
Cape Town is without question one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The best way to begin your adventure is with a cable car ride up Table Mountain, with its amazing view of the city. Don’t forget to visit the pristine beaches and seafront restaurants of Camps Bay, and make time for the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Also very popular is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront which is home to a myriad of shops, bars and restaurants overlooking the harbour. Attractive by day, the Waterfront comes alive at night.