As we say goodbye to summer and February, we March straight into autumn in Cape Town. The brightness of summer gives way to a soft golden atmosphere and the southeasterly makes way for light breezes and cool days making it a great time to explore the outdoors.

Here’s why autumn is a great time to visit Cape Town.

Nature and adventure

Cape Town is a dream destination for lovers of the great outdoors. Hiking, especially on Table Mountain, is a popular activity among locals and visitors alike. If it’s your first time hiking Table Mountain, we recommend a guide like Hike Table Mountain, Table Mountain Treks and Tours, Like2Hike, or Mother City Hikers. Here are five spectacular Table Mountain hikes for you to try.

READ: Hiking safety guide

Because there aren’t too many rainy days in autumn, adventure-enthusiasts will be able to get tick thrilling sports off their bucket lists. From shark cage diving to skydiving, there are heart-racing activities to get the adrenaline flowing. If you’re looking for animal encounters, we recommend a safari at Aquila Game Reserve and Spa where you’ll meet lions, rhino, buffalo, elephants and leopard on traditional game drive, quad bike or horseback safari.

The events

While not quite like the festive season in December/January, March and April still have a celebratory vibe. It’s also around Easter time so there are usually some great Easter activities, like Easter egg hunts which the kids will love.

Tip: Book your accommodation early as they fill up quickly near the Easter weekend

The weather

Temperatures in March and April are between 15°C (59°F) and 27°c (81°F). There’s an average of six days of rain in April and 2 days in March so there are plenty of good days to enjoy the outdoors. It’s advisable to layer and pack in a lightweight jacket as the temperature drops in the evenings.

Food and drink

What’s a trip to Cape Town without enjoying the amazing food and wine on offer? A visit to Groot Constantia, the oldest wine-producing farm in the Cape, is a must. In Autumn, the vineyard is carpeted in Fall leaves, making it a romantic setting for your day of wine-tasting in the southern suburbs.

While the air is cooler, it’s still a great time to enjoy a meal outside and take in the spectacular views at any of Cape Town’s restaurants with outdoor seating.