Cape Town in December

Climate

In December Cape Town experiences its hottest weather with daytime temperatures often rising into the mid 30’s. Expect hot and cloudless days, long daytime hours, warm nights and little to no rain. December sees the occasional very windy day.

Clifton 1st beach is a hive of activity in the summer months  Credit: The Bay Atlantic

Best regions

The warm weather makes Cape Town’s beaches by far the most popular summertime destination. Outdoor activities on Table Mountain and visits to Cape Point are equally great during this month.

On New Year’s Eve, the whole of Cape Town is abuzz with celebration and you’ll find events on the beaches, at restaurants, dance clubs and rooftop bars in the city. The biggest all-day event takes place in the V&A Waterfront which builds up to a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens plays host to a series of open-air music shows, called the Summer Sunset Concerts, featuring top local musos and a handful of international artists.

Various venues across Cape Town including the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch and the Cape Winelands play host to a summer-long series of popup movie screenings called the Galileo Open Air Cinema.

Pros and cons

Cape Town is alive with events, festivals, concerts and loads of outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the holiday season also draws thousands of visitors to the city and its surrounding areas. Restaurants are packed, accommodation is harder to find and more expensive, as are flights.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)

day 1

Cape Town living

day 2

Dramatic nature

day 3

Meet the locals

day 4

To wine, or not to wine
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)

day 5

At your own pace

day 6

Safari time
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)
  • Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)

day 7

Choices, choices

day 8

Star safari

day 9

Fly Home

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Popular Cape Town Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | South Africa’s Garden Route Odyssey (14 days)

South Africa's Garden Route Odyssey (14 days)

Discover one of South Africa’s best kept secrets - the Garden Route...

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South African Holiday Adventure (10 days)

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 | Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)

Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)

Experience Cape Town, the lush Cape Winelands and a safari in the Kruger National Park and you'll fall under South Africa's spell...

 | Luxurious South Africa and Zambia Honeymoon Safari (10 days)

South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with it's multi-cultural heritage and a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands, finally ending off at Victoria Falls from the Zambian side...

 | Cape Town to Kruger Luxury Holiday (8 days)

Cape Town to Kruger Luxury Holiday (8 days)

Explore two of South Africa's most desirable locations in this whirlwind safari tour...

 | Exhillarating Garden Route Adventure on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle (7 days)

Exhillarating Garden Route Adventure on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle (7 days)

Experience the Cape and Garden Route in a thrilling motorcycle safari ...

 | South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

Explore the magic of Cape Town followed by the Scenic Garden Route and finally the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park...

 | Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

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Spend your days discovering the fine beaches of Cape Town, enjoying the remarkably untamed wilderness of the Kruger National Park and swimming the pristine beaches of Mauritius....

 | Journey through the Highlights of Southern Africa (13 days)

Journey through the Highlights of Southern Africa (13 days)

Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list...

Romantic view | Deluxe Honeymoon Safari in Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls (10 days)

Deluxe Honeymoon Safari in Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls (10 days)

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever...

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