When to visit Cape Town

Happenings


  • Cape Town buzzes with both straight and gay events and festivals all year round, from outdoor performances in the Company Gardens in January to the Queers by Candlelight carol service in December. Our gay accommodation Cape Town pages can be viewed here. Or for our up country travelers, please have a look at our Greyton accommodation establishments here.

Weather


  • Gay travelers from around the world are drawn to Cape Town has for its gentle climate. The Cape enjoys mild winters and pleasant summers and rarely experiencing great extremes of temperature. The winter season (June to August) can be quite wet. The famous Cape Doctor is Cape Town´s nickname for the south easterly wind that gusts through the Cape during the spring and summer months. You´ll know that its blowing when you see Cape Town´s landmark – Table Mountain – covered with a “table cloth” of white cloud... and for all you gay guys and girls who like to be coiffed, be sure to pack lots of hair spray!

  • For those wanting to hit Cape Town´s fabulous gay and lesbian beaches, December to March are the best times to visit. December is the busiest time in Cape Town as most South Africans are on holiday.

  • Summer temperatures in December to February range from around 15 to 27 degrees Celsius (60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit), whilst in the winter months of June to August average temperatures are between 7 to 20 degrees Celsius (45 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Rainfall is moderate throughout the year and there are refreshing sea breezes, which can sometimes turn a little bracing during the winter.

Month

Temperature (°C)

Rainfall

Wind Speed (Knots)

Mean daily max

Mean daily min

Mean monthly (mm)

Days with 1mm rain or more

Mean at 0800

Mean at 1400

Jan 26.1 15.6 14 8 8 15
Feb 26.3 15.4 17 7 6 15
Mar 25.3 14.1 19 7 5 13
Apr 22.9 11.7 39 10 4 10
May 19.8 9.4 74 17 4 9
Jun 18.0 7.7 92 18 5 9
Jul 17.4 6.9 70 15 6 10
Aug 17.6 7.3 75 16 5 11
Sep 19.2 8.6 39 13 6 12
Oct 21.3 10.4 37 9 8 15
Nov 23.6 12.9 15 12 9 16
Dec 25.1 14.9 17 10 7 15
Mean 21.9 11.2 6 12    
S.A. Navy - 1998 stats for Airport    
  • These statistics refer to Cape Town airport.
  • Humidity ranges from 63% average in the summer months to 79% in July.
  • The Winelands are stiller and somewhat hotter.
  • Temperatures are cooler in the South Peninsula. Wind speeds at Cape Point are significantly stronger.