The best times to visit Sodwana Bay National Park for ideal weather are
April 2nd to December 2nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Sodwana Bay National Park Travel Guide
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Weather in Sodwana Bay National Park
Average temperatures in Sodwana Bay National Park vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 49th 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 Sodwana Bay National Park, the hottest months are January, February, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early February where highs are regularly around 95.1°F (35.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 71.8°F (22.1°C) at night.
Sodwana Bay National Park Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Sodwana Bay National Park 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.
Sodwana Bay National Park Perceived Temperature (F)
Sodwana Bay National Park Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Sodwana Bay National Park 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 Sodwana Bay National Park are June, May, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid February. For example, on the week of February 19th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early March with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of March 5th.
When can you find snow in Sodwana Bay National Park? 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 Sodwana Bay National Park.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Sodwana Bay National Park (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
Sodwana Bay National Park has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is June (62.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (74.9%).
Wind in Sodwana Bay National Park is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is November, followed by October and September. November’s average wind speed of around 4.4 knots (5.1 MPH or 8.2 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early November where average top sustained speeds reach 9.1 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Sodwana Bay National Park.
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||3.5||Barely noticeable||6.8||Light breeze|
|Feb||2.2||Barely noticeable||6.1||Light breeze|
|Mar||3||Barely noticeable||5.6||Light breeze|
|Apr||3||Barely noticeable||5.2||Light breeze|
|May||3.1||Barely noticeable||5.3||Light breeze|
|Jun||3.1||Barely noticeable||5.3||Light breeze|
|Jul||3.6||Barely noticeable||5.8||Light breeze|
|Aug||3.7||Barely noticeable||6.2||Light breeze|
|Sep||4.3||Light breeze||7.2||Light breeze|
|Oct||4.4||Light breeze||7.8||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.4||Light breeze||8||Light breeze|
|Dec||3.4||Barely noticeable||6.4||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Sodwana Bay National Park?
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 Sodwana Bay National Park, South Africa is August, followed by June and March. 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 Sodwana Bay National Park in February. 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 Sodwana Bay National Park Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 95.1°F (35.1°C) and 86.2°F (30.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 6 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Sodwana Bay National Park, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 90.7°F (32.6°C) and 83.2°F (28.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Sodwana Bay National Park to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 94.2°F (34.6°C) and 85.8°F (29.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.