Cape Town in May

Climate

Winter arrives in Cape Town, but not with great force as the city experiences a fairly mild winter. Daytime temperatures average just below the 20°C mark while evenings can drop to around 10°C. Expect some cloudy and rainy days.

Cape Town is moody in winter, with a distinct atmosphere that lends itself to cozy days spent next to a fireplace.

Best regions

In response to the colder weather Cape Town moves its social scene indoors. It is the perfect time to explore indoor markets, live music nights, theatre performances and classic movie screenings at the iconic Labia Theatre.

The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival takes place at the end of the month at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch.

In the Cape Winelands Stellenbosch hosts the annual Oyster & Bubbly festival while the Franschhoek Literary Festival is centered around writers, classical concerts and fine dining.

Pros and cons

The cooler weather and coming winter mean there aren’t many outdoor activities, but Cape Town makes up for it with great indoor events. Accommodation and flights are generally at their cheapest around this time of the year.


Our Recommended Itinerary

15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari

day 1 to 3

Encounter the atmosphere of a classic safari lodge
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari

day 4 to 7

Enjoy the bustling harbour
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari

day 8 to 14

Fall in love with the Indian Ocean Water
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari
  • 15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari

day 15

Bon Voyage

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