Cape Town in July

Winter is at its peak in the month of July with daytime temperatures on most days struggling to exceed 20, although you might encounter the occasional mild day. Evening temperatures can drop below 10 and you can expect a fair bit of rain and wind too.

The Bastille Day festival in Franschhoek is a must on the social calendar for winter

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On rainy days visits to the Two Oceans Aquarium, Zeitz Mocaa and the Cape Town Comedy Club in the V&A Waterfront make for a great day out, as do craft beer tastings in Newlands or wine tastings in the Cape Winelands and Constantia.

In rebellion against the cold weather restaurants across the city turn cozy with roaring fireplaces at night with live music offerings to warm those cold bones. Evenings at the Labia, Artscape or Fugard theatres are a treat and throughout the month of July the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch hosts a comedy festival, called the Funny Festival.

The Cape Winelands town of Franschhoek celebrates its French roots with Bastille Day on the 14th of July.

Travel tips

Cold, wet and windy weather lessen the city’s outdoor activities and events, but Capetonians have long since learned to simply move the vibe indoors. Local schools have their winter holidays at the end of the month which leads to crowds at popular tourist destinations.

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