Why Cape Town Is A Good Idea From February to May
“Explore, taste, indulge…”
Cape Town is always a good idea. I mean, with Table Mountain, stunning golden beaches and friendly people, who doesn’t want to visit the Mother City? Now, imagine you can have all of this to yourself (well, almost!) at better rates and enjoying excellent weather!
Presenting to you… Cape Town’s Secret Season
Most people visit Cape Town from November to late January, but many don’t know that the “season” carries on until May! By February the infamous South Easter calms down and most visitors head home, making the beginning of February to May a great time to visit – Expect better rates, uncrowded, spectacular beaches and yes, less wind.
Here are the actual facts about Cape Town’s “secret season”:
Better Accommodation Rates
Cape Town’s busiest time is from November to late January. Most places are fully booked by tourists and up-country South Africans, and finding great accommodation can be really hard. But from February rates drop slowly but surely and rooms, cottages and apartments around the city become available.
From February to middle April it is still hot with sunny days and less wind – Perfect for the beach or sightseeing. Although it may cool down a bit in the evenings, you can be sure that you will still have clear, spectacular days.
See below a weather chart for Cape Town’s year-round weather:
By the beginning of February most holiday-goers have gone home. This means less traffic, easier access to popular beaches, restaurants, parks and, of course, the famous Table Mountain Cable Car!
Must-sees in Cape Town include:
- Boulders Beach – Think lots of penguins!
- Robben Island – This old prison was once home to former South African president Nelson Mandela.
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – Perfect picnic spot!
- Signal Hill – Good for easy to a-bit-more-challenging hikes.
- Iziko Museums – Affordable trips through art and history.
- World of Birds
- Scarborough Beach
During these “slower” months, it’s also a great time to seek out hidden gems. If the weather isn’t 100% right for a lazy beach day, you can visit amazing markets in and around Cape Town, visit a beautiful wine farm or, if you feel like getting a good dose of art, theatres and live venues aren’t as sold out as during peak season, and it is easier to get tickets.
Cape Town does have a “secret season”, and it is amazing for experiencing and exploring Cape Town in all its glory!
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