Enjoying Winter in South Africa

Durban beach©norrebrogade/Flickr

As much as one loves clear sky and summer warmth, a torrid summer day can make even the most avid summer fan to long for the coolness of winter. Fortunately in today’s jet setting culture, such sudden changes of season are possible. Countries in the Southern hemisphere like South Africa enjoy a mild winter while Europe and North America are facing the heat waves. This is, in fact, the great advantage of enjoying winter in South Africa: not only you will escape the hot summers; you’ll also avoid frost and snow. As for possible destinations and activities, here are a few suggestions:


This lively city at the Indian Ocean makes a wonderful destination in winter. This part of Africa is blessed with a marvellous climate, so that even in winter temperatures remain pleasant (between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius). Durban itself is a popular tourist destination, with numerous attractions, beaches, restaurants and nightclubs. One important thing to remember, though, is that at this time of the year most of Durban’s life will evolve around its beaches: from sun-seekers to daredevil surfers everyone will be celebrating the warmth of Durban winters.


hiking in kwa zulu ©mark.bold/Flickr

KwaZulu-Natal is among those South African destinations that cannot be missed. The region is famous for its landscapes, its potential for wildlife safaris, but most importantly, its cultural heritage. There is no actual winter in KwaZulu, rather a warm season which resembles a late spring or early summer in Europe. If you are interested in history and want a taste of the Zulu culture, then the best place to visit is, of course, Zululand. Those interested in the great outdoors and the local fauna can try out one of the many parks and game reserves in the region: Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park, Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park or Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. Also of great interest in the region are the wonderful beaches and scenic coastline – you might want to explore Umhlanga coast, and the famous beaches along Dolphin and Elephant Coast.


river in limpopo ©Derek Keats/Flickr

Africa’s northern most region – known for its mining industry and beautiful nature – is another option for those traveling in wintertime. The landscape in this region is quite diverse, so you will be able to admire both the typical African grassland with the usual animals, as well as the famous baobab trees. Limpopo is famous for its rural landscapes and picturesque farmlands, so renting a 4X4 can be a smart way to get the wider picture and also get a sense of adventure out of your trip.

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