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South Africa in December

South Africa in December_Sailing Cape Town December is a wonderful time to take a cruise around Table Bay in Cape Town | Credit: Xpert Shuttle

Johannesburg and the highveld is hot by day, cool at night and receives regular rainfall often in the form of afternoon thunderstorms.

Cape Town and the Western Cape is hot by day, cooler at night, and dry.

The Kruger Park and surrounds is hot by day, warm at night, and dry.

  • December is an ideal time for beach holidays anywhere along the South African coast, though Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal coast to its north can be swelteringly hot.

  • Game viewing in the Kruger Park and other reserves can be relatively challenging as animals are dispersed away from water sources and thick vegetation tends to reduce visibility. This is arguably compensated by the lush green condition of the bush, clearer skies (better for photography). Many resident species come into breeding plumage during December, and this transitional month also heralds the arrival of large numbers of intra-African and Palaearctic migrants.

  • December is the peak nesting season for loggerhead and leatherback turtles along the beaches of iSimangaliso, and turtle-tracking tours can be undertaken in the evening.

  • Accommodation along the coast and in other popular tourist areas tends to be very full during the school holidays that start in early December.

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