7 Top Things to Do in South Africa in Winter

Top Things to Do in South Africa in Winter
Boesmanskloof Trail, South Africa. © francfinds

Heading to South Africa during the winter months will have you dazzling with breathtaking assortment of activities. From June sales and relaxed evenings in cosy bars to chilled out getaway attractions and cool events. Experience the magic of South Africa at winter times, there’s a bit of something for everyone. From wildlife to winter mountain hiking to whale watching: here are the things to do and see winter in South Africa. 

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The Winter Wildlife

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© Hluhluwe Big 5 Safaris

Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga sees limited water supply during the winter. With the dry months comes sparse vegetation. However, this makes for a great wildlife viewing as the big five game are in their element. Because they are bound to gather by the waterholes to quench thirst. And gives viewers once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a game reserve collection of diverse majestic creatures. Wildlife in South Africa is always alive!

Cheap Accommodations

Enjoy cheaper accommodation and discounted offers between May and August. The rates for charming luxury guest accommodations drops alongside the temperatures. Everything feels more homely and affordable during the perfect hideaway.

Whale Watching


Between June and October, southern right or humpback whales, can be seen from the Western Cape’s False Bay right round to Hermanus. Giving onlookers stunning views as the come close to the shore to breed. Hermanus Whale Festival takes place at end of September or early October. An event you wouldn’t want to miss, if you want to see the beasts of the deep come alive.

Mulled Wine

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Mulled Ruby Port with rosemary and bay leaves. © wineenthusiast

As winter approaches, the permanent fixture becomes the fruity mulled wine. Making it every list of the best beverages to warm up with. This soothing and warm punch can be found in all corners of Cape Town, and the rest of South Africa. Bask in your comfort and treat yourself to the warmth of this delicious boozy potent.

Storm Watching

Hit the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, watch the treacherous seas as their giant waves batter the coastline. A wonderful and exquisite scenery that is worth your time. Always a good idea to spend an afternoon, and it doesn’t cost you money.

The Food

Unleash your inner foodie and treat yourself to some of the hearty local delicious meals of the season. From curried minced meat to the Cape malay curry to potjie, here the meat and vegetables are stewed. Stuff and nourish your whole body with warmth from with an incredible assortment of the freshet foods. Is definitely bursts of flavours season in South Africa during winter.

Winter Walks

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Boesmanskloof Trail McGregor, snow winter hiking in South Africa. © francfinds

The Western Cape, Sutherland and the Ceres Mountains are more beautiful in winter with the snow flakes. They are great places to visit in South Africa in the colder months. Visitors can indulge in long walks, cycling and jogging. Go fully appreciate the landscapes!

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