Cape Town has a mild, Mediterranean climate. The summer months are peak season in Cape Town, but the mid-year months have a lot to offer visitors—especially those with kids.
Mild, cooler weather
Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate means that summer is hot and dry, and the winter months are mild and cool. It’s when the city receives most of it’s rainfall, with around 14 days of rain per month during June and July. Between the rainy days, Cape Town offers up some of it’s most beautiful weather: dramatic skies, lush green mountains, and mild winter sun. The wind also drops, making outdoor activities that much more pleasant. During summer, the African sun is harsh. The mid-year sun is mild, so you could spend days outdoors with the kids and not have to worry about it!
Because mid-year isn’t peak season, you’ll be met with slashed prices on flights and accommodation, and innumerable specials on attractions, meals, and activities. You’ll be able to treat yourself to much more for a smaller budget.
Scenery, fauna and flora
Mid-year is spectacular when it comes to Cape Town’s natural surrounds. Wildflower season officially starts on 1 August, but many indigenous plants start to bloom before then. The winter rains leave the surrounding flora refreshed, and the mountains that flank the city are green and lush. You can hike to waterfalls with stunning natural rockpools, or head out to the Winelands to enjoy the landscapes. It’s also whale season from June to November, when hundreds of southern right whales come into Cape Town’s bays to calve.
There’s plenty to do
Mid-year is the perfect time to enjoy Cape Town’s attractions. There are fewer queues, lower prices, and you won’t have to battle crowds. It’s also seldom windy, which makes outdoor attractions more pleasant. If you have kids in tow, there’s also plenty to keep you occupied. Come rain or shine, there’s an endless choice of things to do with kids.
Wining and dining
Around mid-year, there are amazing specials on most of Cape Town’s best restaurants. You’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic fine dining even on a budget. Wine farms are also far less crowded, and they’re beautiful and lush after some winter rain.
Get to know the real Cape Town
Because mid-year isn’t peak season, most of the people you’ll meet will be locals. It’s a quieter, more relaxed time of year here. You can explore the hiking trails, eat out, hit the surf, or just wander around the city like a local. If you really want to get to know the city and experience it like a local, you can’t beat mid-year as a time to visit.
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