As the winter chill settles in and the temptation to hibernate grows strong, many travellers overlook the wonders that Cape Town has to offer during the colder months. However, Cape Town’s charm doesn’t fade with the seasons; in fact, winter brings its own unique allure to this captivating destination. If you’re considering a trip to South Africa, don’t discount the winter months. Here are compelling reasons why Cape Town should be on your winter travel itinerary:

Mild Winter Climate

Unlike many northern hemisphere destinations, Cape Town enjoys a relatively mild winter climate. With average temperatures hovering between 10°C (50°F) and 20°C (68°F), you can explore the city and its surrounding attractions comfortably without sweltering heat or oppressive humidity. The less hot weather is perfect for a cycling adventure.

Breathtaking Scenery

Winter transforms Cape Town’s landscapes into a picturesque wonderland. With our rainy season in swing, all the surrounds are lovely and green. The city’s iconic landmarks, such as Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, are often shrouded in mist, creating a dreamy ambiance perfect for photographers and nature enthusiasts.

Whale Watching

Winter heralds the arrival of one of nature’s most magnificent spectacles along the Cape coast: the annual migration of southern right whales. From June to November, these majestic creatures can be spotted breaching and frolicking in the waters of Hermanus and nearby, just a scenic drive or pedal from Cape Town and part of some of our amazing tours, like the Cape Point Cycle or Hiking Tour.

Wine Tasting and Culinary Delights

Indulge in the region’s world-class wines and culinary offerings without the crowds typically found during the peak summer season. Explore the Cape Winelands by bike and with a guide who can enchant you with the tales of those come and gone and with their knowledge of the land. The vineyards are nestled among rolling hills and have wine tastings, gourmet cuisine, and cosy fireside dining experiences ready for your arrival.

Cultural Immersion

Embrace Cape Town’s vibrant cultural scene through its museums, galleries, and live performances. Winter is an ideal time to delve into the city’s rich history and diverse heritage. Joining our City Cycle Tour provides a wonderful journey through the city and a cultural excursion in Bo-Kaap.

Adventure and Outdoor Activities

From hiking and biking to surfing and shark cage diving, Cape Town offers a plethora of outdoor adventures year-round. In winter, you’ll find smaller crowds and cooler temperatures ideal for tackling iconic trails like the Table Mountain National Park or embarking on a scenic coastal pedal along Chapman’s Peak.

Cosy Accommodations and Warm Hospitality

AWOL Tours sales team at Battery Park V&A Watefront

Wrap yourself in the warmth of Cape Town’s hospitality as you cosy up in boutique hotels, guesthouses, or luxury lodges. Many establishments offer enticing winter specials, making it the perfect time to indulge in a romantic getaway or a family retreat.

Festivals and Events

Winter in Cape Town is far from dull, with a calendar brimming with festivals, markets, and cultural events. Don’t miss the Cape Town International Jazz Festival or Bastille Festival in Franschhoek. At your request, we will happily customise your trip to include these and more.

Spectacular Sunsets

Winter brings with it some of the most stunning sunsets imaginable, painting the sky in hues of pink, orange, and gold. Grab a blanket, find a prime viewing spot along the coastline, and witness nature’s breath taking masterpiece unfold before your eyes.

Value for Money

Traveling to Cape Town in winter often means enjoying lower prices on accommodations, flights, and activities compared to the peak summer season. Take advantage of off-season deals and discounts to make the most of your budget while experiencing the best that Cape Town has to offer. Take a look at our May & June Special.

Cape Town’s winter charm is not to be underestimated. Whether you’re drawn to its natural beauty, cultural diversity, or culinary delights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during the cooler months. So why wait? Pack your bags, embrace the magic of winter, embark on an unforgettable adventure and let AWOL be your guide to an epic holiday in Cape Town.