South Africa in January: Weather and where to go
January sees the peak of South Africa’s summer season. This brings hot, humid temperatures and particularly heavy rainfall. These are usually torrential downpours in the afternoons so it is still possible to enjoy morning and evening safaris when the weather permits.
Temperatures on the Indian Ocean side (east coast) are especially warm and the humidity may be uncomfortable for some. However, the Indian Ocean has a warm current which makes swimming pleasant year-round.
Kruger National Park should be somewhat quieter than in December as the South African school holidays will have finished. However, due to the winter rainfall, wildlife will be more difficult to see through the thick, verdant bush.
Of course, landscapes will be lush and flora in bloom which will make landscape photography stunning.