Cape Town comes alive during the summer months of November to April, where the temperatures peak at around 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Farenheit), and rain is scarce. Beaches and attractions are packed, and the constant buzz of locals and tourists alike brings a renewed energy to the city.
Winters in Cape Town fall roughly between May and September, and are generally cool and wet, with an average high of 17 degrees Celsius (62 degrees Fahrenheit). Despite its reputation, Cape Town winters serve up sublime days between the rainfall, free from the summer influx of tourists, and with special offers abounding throughout the city.
One of the biggest misconceptions about the Cape is that there is little to see and do in winter. All Big 7 attractions remain open during the so-called off-season, and this is often the best time to visit – particularly for bargain hunters or those looking to avoid the crowds. When the rain clouds roll in, we recommend taking shelter in the stores and restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, or heading to Groot Constantia for cosy wine-tasting and a spectacular meal. Even Cape Point takes on a whole new feel on a stormy day, and while it’s still particularly spectacular on a sunny day, the reserve is open regardless of weather, with the popular Two Oceans restaurant perfectly located to offer views over the vast Atlantic ocean. When the good weather comes out to play, the ferries to Robben Island resume, the Table Mountain Cableway swings into operation, outdoor tables at the Waterfront and Groot Constantia are laid, and the gardens of Kirstenbosch glisten to life.