South Africa

South Africa in October

South Africa in October: Weather and where to go

As South Africa moves out of its dry winter season and rainfall increases, landscapes begin to thrive and thus more vegetation becomes available. It is at this time that many creatures give birth, to provide their young with the best chance at survival; with more nutrition and shelter available. The earlier you travel in October the less hidden wildlife will be behind lush trees and shrubs.

October is the shoulder season between the dry season and the busier high season. However, as it is outside of all school holidays, parks should still be relatively quiet. Temperatures are pleasant and it is unlikely that storms will perpetuate whole days, so morning and evening safaris are still enjoyable. 

It may be that downpours occur during your afternoon respite period, so ensure you choose a lodge with some inside space to relax with a book or a cocktail in hand.

As South Africa is such a large country, the climate is very diverse from region to region. The KwaZulu-Natal coastal region is generally warm and dry year-round so can be a great place to combine safari and beach when the wet season begins.

Temperatures in the Kruger can get uncomfortably hot during this time and as the park lies in the malarial belt it is important to speak to your medical practitioner before travel.

October probably isn’t known as the optimal time to travel to South Africa but if you’re looking for lower rates and aren’t too worried about occasional rain showers this could be a great time to go.

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