South Africa

South Africa in September

South Africa in September: Weather and where to go

Similarly to August, September sees dry days and fairly high numbers of tourists throughout the country. Temperatures do, however, start to rise - averages in Kruger National Park are around 22°C. Although rainfall has risen from August, it is still only around 24mm average throughout the month which is unlikely to have a huge impact on your safari experience.

Vegetation will remain sparse as the majority of shrubs and grasses will have been grazed down throughout the winter. This makes spotting all the big cats much easier than during the wet season as game movements are more predictable.

This is the end of the ideal season for walking safaris so if this is something that’s on your safari bucket list make sure travel between April and September to make the most of this exciting alternative to traditional game drives.

Temperatures in the Kalahari can be unbearably hot at times during the summer months so travel during South Africa’s cooler seasons can be a great time to interact with the Kalahari Bushmen and to see the black-maned lions.

Another unique natural world experience that can only be seen during September is the stunning landscapes of the Namaqualand daisies. The wonderful colours of the daisies in bloom are breath-taking and are perfect for landscape photography.

If you’re thinking of combining your South Africa wildlife safari with some much needed rest and relaxation in the Indian Ocean islands, September can be a great time to travel as the humidity is slightly lower than the peak summer season but air and water temperatures are still very pleasant. 

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