The best times to visit Garden Route for ideal weather are
March 5th to June 3rd
September 24th to December 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Garden Route Travel Guide
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Weather in Garden Route
Average temperatures in Garden Route vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 64th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Garden Route, the hottest months are January, February, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early March where highs are regularly around 80.6°F (27°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61.2°F (16.2°C) at night.
Garden Route Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Garden Route Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Garden Route Perceived Temperature (F)
Garden Route Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Garden Route Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Garden Route are September, May, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early September. For example, on the week of September 3rd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of June 4th.
When can you find snow in Garden Route? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Garden Route.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Garden Route (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Garden Route has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is June (61% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (74.6%).
Wind in Garden Route is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by December and October. November’s average wind speed of around 7.5 knots (8.6 MPH or 13.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid November where average top sustained speeds reach 15.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Garden Route.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||6.7||Light breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Feb||6.5||Light breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.4||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|May||6.1||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7||Gentle breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Jul||6.6||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.7||Light breeze||13.1||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.8||Light breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
|Oct||7.2||Gentle breeze||14.1||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.5||Gentle breeze||14.4||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.3||Gentle breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Garden Route?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for South Africa; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Garden Route, South Africa is July, followed by August and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Garden Route in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Garden Route Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 80.6°F (27°C) and 70.1°F (21.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 3 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 4 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Garden Route, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 73.8°F (23.2°C) and 68.1°F (20.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Garden Route to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 80.3°F (26.8°C) and 73.6°F (23.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 5 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.