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South Africa in August

August is the first month of Spring. It’s the best choice for those who want to explore the outdoors and do some hiking on the lovely trails located within the national parks. Traveling during the shoulder season won’t burn holes in your budget.


August is the first month of Spring in South Africa. The change to the new season is absolutely spectacular in the Cape provinces. Small , colorful spring plans and flowers cover the land.

Some temperatures:

Cape Town avg high 17C , avg low 8C
Durban avg high 22C ; avg low 14C
Johannesburg avg high 18C ; avg low 7C
Pretoria avg high 21C ; avg low 9C

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August is part of the shoulder season in South Africa. It’s probably the best time of the year to visit South Africa. The flights and hotels are easy to find and affordable. Hostels are also good choices, particularly if you travel on a low budget.

Things to do

August is also a good choice if you want to practice diving or surfing. If you want to see the nature come back to life after winter, then August is definitely the time to visit South Africa.

Put on your hiking shoes, as spring is amazing for hiking. It’s not as hot as during summer and there aren’t thunderstorms either. Just nice, warm weather to enjoy the outdoors. Choose one (or more) of the nature reserves and plan your activities in nature.

You can hike to the top of Table Mountain or check out the view from the Lion’s Head.

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Or you can check out one of the many trails located in or close to Durban . They range from mild and easily accessible to challenging.

If you missed the wine festival in July, don’t worry as there’s one in August, as well. It takes place in Magaliesbergand and takes places every year. Or if you love to eat meat, head to the Hantam Vleisfees in Calvinia. The festival celebrates everything that has to do with sheep and meat. During the 3 days you can attend concerts and a street party.

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