Johannesburg, South Africa: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa? If you're planning to go to Johannesburg, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Johannesburg, South Africa

Based on the climate and weather in Johannesburg, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Johannesburg, South Africa by month

January

January for Johannesburg is warm and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

February

February here is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

March

March in Johannesburg is warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage

April

April in Johannesburg is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

May

If you go to Johannesburg in May, you will notice that it is chilly and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece

June

June for Johannesburg is cool. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece

July

July in Johannesburg is chilly and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

August

August in Johannesburg is crisp and very dry. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

September

September in Johannesburg is mild and very dry. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

October

In October, Johannesburg is balmy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) and occasionally jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Johannesburg, with several of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 50%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants

November

If you go to Johannesburg in November, you will notice that it is warm and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear

December

December in Johannesburg is a perfect temperature and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Johannesburg, South Africa

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Johannesburg, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, M and N
  • A SIM card that works in Johannesburg
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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