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

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

When to go to South Africa, South Africa

Based on the climate and weather in South Africa, the best time to go is October. See below for details.

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

January

January here is hot. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts

February

February is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts

March

March for South Africa is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals

April

April here is mild. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in this region dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in this region is chilly. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in this region is crisp. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in South Africa very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you are traveling to South Africa in September, you will notice that it dry with little rain. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C). There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you are traveling to South Africa in October, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Expect it to rain once in a while. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals

November

November for South Africa is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear

December

Traveling to South Africa in December, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in South Africa, 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 South Africa
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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