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Best Times to Visit Cape Town

The best times to visit Cape Town are from March to May and from September to November. These shoulder seasons boast enviable weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices. When planning your trip, it's important to note that the seasons here are reversed: South Africa's summer corresponds with America's winter, and vice versa. That said, Cape Town's summer is the most popular (and most expensive) time to visit. Hotels and attractions are usually overflowing with travelers. Meanwhile, the Mother City clears out between June and August when chilly weather and frequent rainfall puts a damper on tourist activities.

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Cape Town's summer season sees the most tourism, with travelers flocking from all over the world to take advantage of the city's sprawling beaches and outdoor attractions. You'll want to book your accommodations several months in advance to ensure availability. The weather during this season is warm but not overwhelming, with average daytime highs ranging from the mid- to high 70s.

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March-May

Autumn in Cape Town is the ideal time for lovers of vino: The temperature drops, and the tourist exodus signifies the start of the annual wine harvest. Many of the wineries in and around Cape Town allow visitors to participate in the gathering and juicing of grapes. Even if you're not into wine, fall is still a great time to visit. Daytime temperatures range from the high 60s to mid-70s, and hotels begin to lower their prices in preparation for the low season.

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June-August

Cape Town is relatively free of tourists during the winter months, meaning that you can save big on lodging as long as you don't mind getting wet. Sporadic showers and chilly winds are common during this season, but with daytime temps averaging in the low 60s, winter can still be a pleasant time to visit.

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September-November

Springtime in Cape Town is bursting with color: Head to the top of Table Mountain to see thousands of plants in full bloom. And with temperatures on the rise—daytime highs hover between the mid-60s and mid-70s—there's no reason not to enjoy the great outdoors. This is also another sweet spot for budget-minded travelers. Although hotel rates will have increased in preparation for the high season, nabbing a deal is still pretty easy if you book a month or two in advance.

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