South Africa

South Africa in April

South Africa in April: Weather and where to go

Cooler temperatures arrive in April and fewer clouds and clear skies means less rainfall in the northern and eastern reserves. Although this means mornings and evenings will be a bit colder, days will remain pleasantly warm. Humidity also drops which means daytime temperatures around 25-28°C are much more agreeable than the earlier summer months.

Birdlife remains abundant into April in South Africa before departing for the warmer summer climes of the northern hemisphere. They can also be slightly easier to spot during this time as vegetation reduces due to the lessening rainfall.

Thanks to the warm current from the east, the Indian Ocean side of the country is comfortable during this time and the sea water is temperate. 

This is a great chance to snorkel and encounter South African marine life.

Although April is not known as the best month for wildlife viewings (May-September is best), there will still be plenty of opportunities to encounter animals during your game drives at this time of year.

This is the best time of year to visit the Drakensberg Mountains as temperatures are still pleasant and summer rains will subside. The lessening cloud coverage means the mountain range is clear for fantastic landscape photography. Due to the high elevation of the Drakensberg Mountains, winter evenings can drop as low as freezing so travelling in the autumnal months of April and May is preferable. 

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