Chilly weather, rainy days and early sunsets…don’t underestimate the Mother City in the colder months! She waits to amaze you this spring before the crowds descend her shores. If you haven’t planned your next holiday, now is the time to hit the road (or sky) for a trip to Cape Town this spring and here is why:
Whales, Dolphins and Warmer Waters
No, we’re not kidding. Diving and Ocean Safari expert Carla Wardle says that this time of year is great for getting out in the water for snorkeling, diving and seal encounters as the ocean currents and water temperatures are in your favour. It is also peak calving season for whales, which means you are guaranteed many opportunities to spot these magnificent creatures. From Camps Bay to the False Bay coast and all the way to Hermanus, the true whale watching capital, the world’s largest mammals are sure to keep you entertained and enthralled.
Sightseeing at a Discount
In Cape Town there is truly always a new adventure around the next corner. Boasting impressive sights such as Table Mountain, Cape Point, and Robben Island it is a city of beauty, exploration and wonder. This time of year boasts green vegetation, a cool climate and all the magical liveliness of spring. You may have to plan ahead according to the weather, but with discounted rates on sightseeing passes and no crowds or queues, there couldn’t be a better time to explore the sights of this glorious city.
Water Sport Mecca
Although Cape Town provides the ideal location for water sporting all year round, winter and early spring are known to be the best time of year to grab your board and hit the waves. With excellent surfing, kite-surfing and windsurfing opportunities for all levels of expertise now is the time to get in the water. Bigger waves, better wind, and warmer seas make this the season to be surfing.
Wine & Crackling Fires
Okay, so wine is really an all-year-round wonder of Cape Town, but we must admit, there is something special about sipping a glass of your favourite vino next to a crackling fire. Many dining spots bring this aspect of Capetonian winters to life by creating a cozy atmosphere with blankets and fireside warmth as part of the winter dining experience. Whether you’re taking a wine-tasting tour, gazing over stormy seas or just snuggling at home, this is the most romantic time of year to savour those special moments.
Spring Wild Flowers
With numerous spring festivals and wildflower shows, the Western Cape draws many travelers to witness a natural spectacle when millions of beautiful wildflowers turn landscapes into vibrant masterpieces. With various reserves from which to enjoy the blooming landscapes there just couldn’t be a more colourful time to enjoy the Cape scenery and bring out the picnic baskets.
While you may need to pack both an umbrella and your bathing suit for your visit to Cape Town during this season, the adventure of a lifetime awaits come rain or shine.