The best times to visit Stellenbosch for ideal weather are
March 5th to May 27th
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.
Stellenbosch Travel Guide
Weather in Stellenbosch
Average temperatures in Stellenbosch vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 62nd 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 Stellenbosch, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 84.9°F (29.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.1°F (17.3°C) at night.
Stellenbosch Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Stellenbosch 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.
Stellenbosch Perceived Temperature (F)
Stellenbosch Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Stellenbosch 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 Stellenbosch are December, February, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd 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 3 days of significant precipitation the week of June 4th.
When can you find snow in Stellenbosch? 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Stellenbosch.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Stellenbosch (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
Stellenbosch has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is December (58.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (71.6%).
Wind in Stellenbosch is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by December and November. January’s average wind speed of around 12.7 knots (14.6 MPH or 23.6 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 20.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Stellenbosch.
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||12.7||Significant breeze||20||Strong breeze|
|Feb||11.8||Significant breeze||19.3||Strong breeze|
|Mar||10.4||Gentle breeze||17.4||Strong breeze|
|Apr||9||Gentle breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
|May||8.2||Gentle breeze||14.8||Strong breeze|
|Jun||8.2||Gentle breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.9||Gentle breeze||14||Strong breeze|
|Aug||8.5||Gentle breeze||15.4||Significant breeze|
|Sep||9.2||Gentle breeze||16.5||Strong breeze|
|Oct||10.6||Gentle breeze||18||Strong breeze|
|Nov||12||Significant breeze||19.7||Strong breeze|
|Dec||12.4||Significant breeze||19.8||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Stellenbosch?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Nov 22, 2018 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
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Stellenbosch, South Africa is January, followed by February and November. 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 Stellenbosch in June. 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 Stellenbosch Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 84.9°F (29.4°C) and 66.6°F (19.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
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 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Stellenbosch, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 79.7°F (26.5°C) and 68°F (20°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 5 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Stellenbosch to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 83.9°F (28.8°C) and 80°F (26.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 1 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.