South Africa Weather
South Africa enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate, with warm sunny days most of the year. Let us not forget that South Africa is famous for her sunshine after all.
Summer runs from December to February, when most of the country is characterised by warm to hot weather. Winter runs from June to August, when most of the country has mild days and cool to cold evenings.
As with the rest of the World, South Africa's weather has become rather unpredictable with climate change; it is always best to be prepared when travelling around the country.
Cape Town Weather
Cape Town has a more Mediterranean based climate, with hot and dry summer and cool and wet winters.
Summers in and around Cape Town offer long hot days with temperatures sitting anywhere between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius while evenings are balmy. Summer and Autumn are the most popular seasons for travel here.
Cape Town traditionally is a winter rainfall region; it is during this time that cold fronts blast past the Cape with high winds and heavy rain. The days before and after the cold fronts are very pleasant with little to no clouds and very little wind, temperatures over these days are generally in the late teens and early twenties.
Kruger National Park Weather
Summer in the Kruger National Park is characterised by hot, humid and sunny days that are often broken by late afternoon thunderstorms. It is not uncommon for daytime temperatures to go over the 40 degree Celsius mark.
Summer offers the best for birding and viewing all the newborn wildlife.
Winter is without question the most popular season for travelling in and around the Kruger National Park, days are warm and the evenings are on the coolish side but nothing extreme.
Winter offers better chances of seeing wildlife as they tend to gather around water while the bush thins out due to lack of rain.
Madikwe Game Reserve Weather
Madikwe has a similar weather pattern as to that of the Kruger National Park albeit dryer and with a slightly higher average temperature.
Summer days can be sweltering while the nights remain rather balmy, afternoon thunderstorms quite often break the heat of the day. Summer is best for birdlife and general wildlife sightings.
Winters in the Madikwe offer up rather pleasant daytime temperatures while nights can get down to just above freezing. Warm clothing is a must when travelling here in winter.
Madikwe winters are the best for wildlife sightings and the best months being May through to September.
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- Sabi Sand Lodges
The Sabi Sand Reserve lies to the South West of the Greater Kruger Park. Home to some of Africa's most sort after names, Sabi Sabi, Mala Mala, Londolozi and Singita, to mention a few.
All the lodges offered within the Sabi Sand ensure that one gets up close and personal with some of the best wildlife sightings and safari experiences in Africa.
- Timbavati Lodges
Timbavati Reserve lies on the Western boundary of the National Park; the border is unfenced, allowing the wildlife to move freely between the reserve and the national park.
The Timbavati Private Game Reserve is world famous for its wildlife and remoteness, and that is without mentioning the famed white lions.
- Cape Town Game Reserves
Experience the thrill of a "Big 5" safari near Cape Town! With the magnificent Karoo as a backdrop and the unique Fynbos biome, the Western Cape province offers an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers.
Visitors can spot elephants, rhinos, lions, Buffalo and leopards amongst other wildlife along with some pretty amazing birdlife.
There are several Malaria-free game reserves within a 2-3 hours' drive from Cape Town offering luxury accommodation options with private air charters available at some reserves.
- Shamwari lodges
Shamwari Game Reserve is a premier wildlife and safari destination in the Eastern Cape, home to the famous "Big Five" and numerous other plains game and bird species; this malaria-free game reserve has been recognized for its incredible conservation efforts and luxury lodges.
With miles of untouched wilderness and abundant wildlife, the Shamwari Game Reserve offers visitors an unforgettable experience that will surely be cherished for years to come.
Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, Shamwari provides something extraordinary that can not be found anywhere else.
- MalaMala Lodges
MalaMala is the South African safari Industries' original formula for the high-end photographic safari. Today, the MalaMala Reserve is one of the best in the whole of Africa.
In existence ever since 1927, this enormous flourishing stretch of land delivers with the Sabie River in the south is probably the most exciting wildlife encounters this side of the equator.
Four camps can be found offering only the very best.
- Singita Lodges
The Singita lodges within this portfolio have been setting the highest standards in accommodation, conservation, and service for decades while synonymous with all that is the best in the safari industry.
If you are seeking the best of the best, look no further than any one of these luxury Singita lodges in Kruger National Park.