South Africa Weather and Events in May
Nestled within the vast Southern Hemisphere, South Africa beckons travelers with its enchanting landscapes and a rich tapestry of cultures. Distinguished by its diverse climate, the country boasts a myriad of weather conditions that shift throughout the year. Delving into the intricacies of these weather patterns not only aids in planning the perfect vacation but also allows you to make the most of your South African adventure.
What’s the weather like in South Africa in May?
Embracing the full essence of autumn, May beckons travelers with its gentle allure. As the crowds start to thin, South Africa presents a tranquil sanctuary for visitors seeking solace amidst nature’s beauty. Accommodation prices become more inviting, paving the way for an economical exploration of the nation’s treasures. The inland regions, including the famed Garden Route, bathe in mild temperatures, creating a perfect environment for hiking, biking, and other outdoor pursuits. However, as the evenings tend to grow chilly, packing a few warm layers is advisable for comfort.
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In Cape Town temperatures hit a max of 21.7°C (71°F) while in Johannesburg they reach 20.4°C (69°F), and in Kruger National Park they reach 28°C (67.1°F). You’ll also find rain during this time, with an average of 85mm in Cape Town, 15mm in Johannesburg and 15mm in Kruger National Park.
Are there any events in South Africa in May?
The Cape Times Waterfront Wine Festival takes place at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, featuring around 400 wines from 95 estates and wineries, as well as a delectable selection of South Africa’s finest cheeses.
The Gourmet Festival in Cape Town offers the chance to sample dishes from the city’s best chefs through budget-friendly set menus.
Experience the Prince Albert Olive Festival in the charming rural hamlet of Prince Albert, a two-day event filled with local charm, unpretentious entertainment, and delicious food, including the intriguing annual olive-pit-spitting championship.
The Franschhoek Literary Festival in Franschhoek, renowned for its breathtaking surroundings and being the gourmet capital of the region, attracts prominent names in literature.