Garden Route Climate & Weather

Garden Route Climate and Weather

The Garden Route has a maritime Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters with chilly nights. The area experiences the most rainfall in South Africa, but this seldom hinders travellers from enjoying the beauty of the region. The western half of the Garden Route, within the Western Cape, has a similar climate to Cape Town, with most rain falling in the winter months (June to August).

Towards the east, in the Eastern Cape and approaching Port Elizabeth, rain tends to fall predominantly during the summer months (December to February). The fact that the route winds along the coast ensures that the weather can be rather unpredictable and rain is always a possibility.

Average temperatures from December to March (summer and early spring) are about 75ºF (24ºC) to 86ºF (30ºC), while the average winter temperature is 64ºF (18ºC). As these averages suggest, the Garden Route is seldom uncomfortably hot or cold.

The Garden Route is stunning in any weather, making it a year-round destination, but as some of the main attractions are beaches and hikes the best time to visit is in late spring, summer and early autumn (anytime between October and March) when with any luck there should be sunshine and the water will be warm enough for swimming. Travellers should bear in mind that the main resorts become extremely crowded over the Christmas period.

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