South Africa Weather and Events in February
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 February?
As February extends the reign of summer, South Africa basks in its radiance. The northern regions, such as Johannesburg and Kruger National Park, witness a rise in temperatures, often reaching a toasty 30-35°C (86-95°F). Meanwhile, the eastern coast experiences a palpable increase in humidity, giving rise to intermittent rainfall. Nature enthusiasts, particularly those embarking on safaris, can revel in the sight of abundant wildlife, as the dry season entices animals to congregate around water sources, providing thrilling opportunities for unique wildlife encounters.
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In Cape Town temperatures hit a max of 28.4°C (83°F) while in Johannesburg they reach 26.3°C (79°F), and in Kruger National Park they reach 32°C (78.8°F). You’ll also find rain during this time, with an average of 8mm in Cape Town, 90mm in Johannesburg and 95mm in Kruger National Park.
Are there any events in South Africa in February?
In late February, the captivating Sangoma Khekheke’s Annual Snake Dance takes place in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal. This mesmerizing spectacle draws around 6,000 to 8,000 Zulus who gather to partake in the age-old tradition of slaughtering cattle and dancing under Sangoma Khekheke’s guidance.
From mid-February to mid-March, Johannesburg hosts the esteemed Dance Umbrella event across various venues. This extraordinary platform showcases the finest contemporary choreography and dance performances in South Africa, offering a unique opportunity to witness the country’s exceptional artistic talent.
Cape Town becomes a hub of creativity during the Design Indaba, the nation’s premier design event. This much-anticipated gathering features a star-studded lineup of international talent at the main conference (typically sold out). In addition, South Africa’s most gifted designers present their captivating creations at the Expo. This event is a must-visit for those seeking retail inspiration or one-of-a-kind design pieces to take home.