South Africa

South Africa in May

South Africa in May: Weather and where to go

Sunshine and clear skies perpetuate May days making it a wonderful time to visit South Africa. Of course, temperatures will vary depending on where you are in the country but it is likely to be pleasant nonetheless.

Morning and evening temperatures will be significantly cooler than earlier months so plenty of layers are necessary for game drives, but as the sun peaks in the sky, the mercury will reach back up to the 20s and afternoons will be comfortably warm.

KwaZulu-Natal has a sub-tropical climate so remains warmer during the winter months than the more southern regions. 

This means safaris in more northern game reserves at this time are preferable to a Cape Town city visit.

The Cape Region and the Garden Route begin their wetter season from May onwards which makes it a less than ideal time to visit and journey down the coast.

May sees the beginning of the peak season for safari travellers as the drier months of May – October provide the optimum landscapes for wildlife sightings. The later in the season you leave your trip, the clearer landscapes will be and the more predictable wildlife sightings are as the animals are dependent on the dwindling water supplies.

May is also still a great time to visit the Drakensberg Mountains so despite the cooling temperatures across the country, this month can offer a lot of variety for your trip. Please ask our destination specialists to plan your tailored safari around your preferences.

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