South Africa in October: Weather, Tips & Beach Fun

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Spring is a great time to visit any country and South Africa is no exception. The month of October is when spring ends and summer starts in this part of the world, and traveling to South Africa in October means enjoying warm temperatures that are not overwhelming along with the opportunity to see some of the planet's most impressive wildlife. Looking to lounge on the beach, go on a road trip, or see passing migratory whales? There is something for everyone visiting South Africa in October. Dive in if you wish to find more.

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South Africa Weather in October

African bush elephant and buffalos in waterhole in Kruger National Park.
You can see younger animals in South Africa as it is the birthing season in the country.

The October weather in South Africa is pleasantly warm with an average temperature of 21℃. October is a great time to visit South Africa and enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer. If you prefer a slightly warmer climate, head to Johannesburg, where the average temperature is 25℃, or further north and inland to national parks where the mercury could reach a sweltering 31℃.

Rainfall across the country is relatively low during this month, especially compared with September. However, you can expect between 14 and 51mm of rain during October. Although this may sound like a lot, remember that you need enough water to make all those gorgeous flowers bloom to life.

For a seasonal overview, check out our travel guide for the best time to visit South Africa.

Weather in South Africa in October - Rainfall and Temperatures

Sep Oct Nov
Avg Daily (°C) 19 21 23
Avg Nightly (°C) 9 11 13
Avg Daily (°F) 67 70 74
Avg Nightly (°F) 49 52 56
Avg Rainfall (mm) 50 40 20

Why Visit South Africa in October

Springtime in the Goegap Nature Reserve in Namaqualand.
If you are a nature lover, you are going to have an amazing time in Namaqualand watching the flowers bloom.
The Twelve Apostels of Camps Bay, South Africa
As the temperatures are pleasant in October, you can relax while sunbathing on the beach.

There are plenty of great reasons to visit South Africa in October, from festivals to wildlife-watching. Whatever you are looking to get out of your next trip to South Africa, you are bound to find it during this month. Curious? Let us find out more!

  • Peak whale-watching season: October is smack bang in the middle of the peak season when it comes to spotting humpback whales in South Africa. And if you are in luck, you might also spot a few orcas. Head to the Western Cape or Hermanus to spot these giants.
  • Florals in bloom: This is a time for rejuvenation across South Africa. Head to Namaqua National Park to see colorful fields of flowers like nemesias, lachenalias, babiana and ixias as far as the eye can see.
  • Birthing season: Although October is just outside the peak time for safaris, a trip to Kruger, Addo or Marakele during this month gives you the chance to see baby animals being born.
  • Lounge on the beach: While South Africa’s dual coasts mean there is always a beach to enjoy, it is rare that both coasts line up as ideal destinations. October’s weather ensures that temperatures and humidity levels are ideal for relaxing on both coasts.

Where to go and what to do

Male Elephant cools himself off in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
Madikwe Game Reserve is packed with wildlife so book your safari soon.

One of the best things you can do in South Africa in October is head to Cape Town for the annual kite festival. Held since 1994, it is the oldest kite festival in South Africa. See vibrant kites soar in the sky while raising much-needed funds for Cape Mental Health.

While you are in Cape Town, you can also participate in the annual marathon. Recently upgraded to be Africa's first marathon major, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is a huge event for anyone who loves to run. Go for a traditional road marathon or choose from either a 46km or a 22km trail race around this beautiful city.

Looking for something a little bit more raucous? Then head to Port Elizabeth for the city’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. This particular German-inspired party is the largest in the whole of Africa, so bring your lederhosen, grab a stein and a bratwurst and get in on the fun.

For those interested in wildlife, there is the Madikwe Game Reserve, located in the northwestern corner of the country and bordering the Kalahari Desert. One of the least-ventured nature reserves in South Africa, Madikwe is home to over 60 different species of mammals, including herds of wild elephants.

If you want to explore this beautiful country on two-wheelers, October offers the perfect combination of temperate conditions and lush greenery. Head to the Langkloof in the Eastern Cape and discover the natural wonders of this verdant valley—a paradise for cyclists.

October offers ideal conditions to experience all that South Africa has. The combination of a temperate climate, wildlife-birthing season and festivals make it a fun time to visit the country. Plus, since the peak season is yet to begin, many excursion companies and businesses may offer better rates. All in all, October may just be one of the best times to visit South Africa.

Organizing a trip to a destination as diverse and amazing as South Africa can be tricky. Take the hassle out of holiday planning with our customized trips here. They are put together by travel experts and made to suit your needs and requirements.

Check out our tours to South Africa in October for more ideas.

Other articles:
South Africa in September
South Africa in November

Published by Tim Green, updated on January 12, 2023

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