Why the EC is a great winter destination?

  • The Eastern Cape has a moderate coastal climate with temperatures between 7 and 22 degrees in winter and is known to have many warm sunny days.   It is the perfect winter destination – come and Explore the Eastern Cape.
  • The high lying areas of the Amathole, Karoo Heartland and Eastern Cape Highlands provides the opportunity to enjoy snow experiences when weather conditions are favourable for snow fall.
  • Festivals and events such as the National Arts Festival, Kirkwood Wildsfees and the Jeffreys Bay Open make the Eastern Cape the place to be in Winter.
  • The Sardine Run is a unique migration of millions of sardines attracting a variety of predatory marine species such as sharks, whales, dolphins, and orca.  Thus, making it a spectacular marine event referred to the Greatest Shoal on Earth to witness or experience.  The Eastern Cape has many great land-based vantage points to view and accredited tour operators offering boat-based tours and diving experiences.
  • With the Eastern Cape having a summer rainfall the winter months are drier thus making it easier to enjoy more outdoor based activities such as hiking, biking, golf, safaris and much more.
  • Winter is the quieter time of year for travellers so you could likely get a better package rate than during the peak summer months.
The best time for game viewing in the Eastern Cape is during the dry winter months, however, if the cold morning and evening temperatures put you off, opt for the end of winter during late August and September. Here are the top reasons why the end of winter is the best time to go on safari in the Eastern Cape.
  1. The generally arid and semi-arid climate combined with little rainfall during the dry winter months results in animals gathering to drink from permanent water sources. This makes it easier to spot them and offers fascinating photographic opportunities.
  2. Less wind and rain make for great outdoor adventures and dining under the stars on clear evenings.
  3. Vegetation is sparse during winter which makes it easier to see the animals as they cannot hide in tall grass and lush greenery.
  4. If you visit during September, you may witness the return of some migratory birds which makes it an ideal time for keen birdwatchers.
  5. September is also the time that you will start to see new-born animals around. Witnessing the family life of the wild animals is an enchanting and breath-taking experience and offers unique photo opportunities.
  6. Although it gets cold, the winter months provide relief from the summer humidity, especially if you are combining your safari with some time on the Eastern Cape coast for a beach and bush getaway.

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