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South Africa: When is the best time to visit?

Honeymoons. Honeymooning. Honeymooners.

Let’s talk about some of the most popular honeymoon spots and when is the best time to visit.

A bucket list location, South Africa is a popular honeymoon destination for couples looking for a little adventure. With wine tasting, great food, safaris and vibrant culture, and good weather during an Irish winter – South Africa ticks a lot of boxes.

Why do couples choose South Africa?

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A country with plenty of culture and character, South Africa is particularly known for the natural beauty of its national parks, savannahs and safari reserves. It is the ultimate location for couples wanting to catch a glimpse of the Big Five on safari, visit a winery or wanting to tick Table Mountain off the list – or even see penguins on a beach!

For honeymooners, South Africa offers a wide range of romantic activities, from wine tasting in the Cape Winelands to hot air balloon rides over the Drakensberg Mountains, and from sunset safaris. You can even enjoy beachside relaxation in oceanside lodges or go cage diving with sharks in the Eastern Cape region.

Visitors can also learn about the history of the country, the incredible indigenous art and the culture and vibrancy of the local tribes.

But, when is the best time to visit?

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November/December to March

Something to keep in mind is, as South Africa sits in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to us here in the northern hemisphere. Summer is considered to be between December and March, whilst winter is said to be between June and August.

South Africa also naturally straddles both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, meaning each side of the country has slightly different climates and weather patterns.

Even though November to March is summer, its also rainy season – this is something to take into account when you’re planning. The Eastern Cape, by the Indian Ocean can experience rains during the southern hemisphere summer of December to March, however usually these downpours don’t last all day and the weather clears up. The Western Cape generally experiences rainy season usually between June and August. And the central plains (which make up the majority of the country) tend to be more dry.

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