South Africa Weather and Events in March
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 March?
March signals the onset of autumn, gently bestowing the country with milder temperatures. Days remain blissfully warm, while the evenings gradually bestow a cooler embrace, especially in the inland regions. This transitional phase presents a serene climate, inviting travelers to explore bustling cities, traverse lush wine regions, and meander through pristine nature reserves. As the grape harvest season commences in Cape Town’s vineyards, the air is filled with a sense of anticipation and celebration.
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In Cape Town temperatures hit a max of 27°C (81°F) while in Johannesburg they reach 25°C (77°F), and in Kruger National Park they reach 31°C (77°F). You’ll also find rain during this time, with an average of 17mm in Cape Town, 90mm in Johannesburg and 70mm in Kruger National Park.
Are there any events in South Africa in March?
The world’s largest cycling race, Cape Argus Cycle Tour, attracts 30,000 cyclists from around the globe, covering 105km of scenic Cape Town routes. It takes place on the second Sunday of March.
A two-day jazz extravaganza, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival attracts top local and international talent, including renowned artists from Africa. It takes place in late March.
Showcasing the country’s best in drama, dance, and music, often in Afrikaans, the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival takes place at the end of March or early April in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.