Weather in South Africa in June

Experience South Africa in June as winter unfolds its cool embrace across the land, accompanied by clear skies and crisp air. This month lies in the low tourist season and brings drier conditions throughout much of the country, as well as lower crowds and costs. Whether you plan on exploring South Africa’s vineyards or cities, here’s our guide to the weather in South Africa in June.

What is the weather like in South Africa in June?

The weather in South Africa in June signals the arrival of winter, bringing cooler temperatures and drier conditions across much of the country. In June you can expect predominantly dry weather with clear skies and mild temperatures during the day, although evenings and early mornings can be chilly, especially in inland regions and higher elevations. 

This weather pattern makes it suitable for indoor cultural activities, wine tasting, and exploring cities, but outdoor activities may require warmer clothing and planning for cooler conditions.

June falls within the low season in South Africa, as it coincides with the winter months when tourist numbers tend to decrease. While this means fewer crowds at popular attractions and more affordable accommodations, it's essential to note that some wildlife viewing opportunities may be limited due to animals seeking shelter from the colder temperatures. 

Additionally, coastal areas may experience milder temperatures compared to inland regions, making them more attractive destinations during this time.

On average, South Africa experiences minimal rainfall in June, with precipitation ranging from around 10mm to 30mm across different regions. However, it's crucial to check specific destinations, as rainfall patterns can vary, with coastal areas potentially experiencing slightly higher precipitation.

Overall, June can be a good time to visit South Africa for those who prefer cooler weather, fewer crowds, and the opportunity to explore the country's cultural attractions and urban centers. However, if you are interested in wildlife viewing you should be aware of potential limitations due to the winter season.

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Black rhino feeding in the golden afternoon light © Lance van de Vyver/Shutterstock

Black rhino feeding in the golden afternoon light © Lance van de Vyver/Shutterstock

Temperatures in South Africa in June

June in South Africa signifies the beginning of winter, and with it comes cooler temperatures prevailing across most regions. While the northern parts experience milder winters, coastal areas see slightly warmer temperatures, and inland regions have cooler climates. 

Coastal areas

In June, coastal areas of South Africa (cities like Cape Town and Durban)  experience cool to mild temperatures. Daily highs typically range from 18°C to 24°C (64°F to 75°F), with cooler evenings and mornings.

For more details on the weather in Cape Town, read our guide to the best time to visit Cape Town.

Interior plateau

During June, temperatures on the interior plateau of South Africa are generally cool. Daytime temperatures usually range from 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F), with colder nights ranging from 4°C to 10°C (39°F to 50°F). 

Northern regions

June in the northern regions of South Africa, such as Johannesburg and Pretoria,  tends to be mild. Daytime temperatures often reach between 20°C to 26°C (68°F to 79°F), with nighttime temperatures ranging from 8°C to 14°C (46°F to 57°F).

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Kirstenbosch National park in cape town, South Africa © Shutterstock

Kirstenbosch National park in Cape Town, South Africa © Shutterstock

Is June a good time to visit South Africa?

Yes, June is a fantastic time to visit South Africa, particularly for those interested in wildlife viewing and outdoor adventures. 

In destinations like Cape Town, the cool and crisp weather makes for an excellent time to to explore the city's cultural attractions, embark on scenic drives along the coastline, or sample the renowned wines of the Cape Winelands.

June is also the start of the dry season in many of South Africa's national parks, including Kruger National Park. With the vegetation becoming sparse, wildlife viewing becomes increasingly rewarding as animals gather around water sources, making it easier to spot them during game drives and safaris.

That said, you will want to pack smart for your June trip — while this month generally experiences less rainfall than the summer months, some regions may still receive sporadic showers (especially along the eastern coast and in the Garden Route area).

Want to be better prepared for your trip to South Africa? Read our useful travel tips for visiting South Africa.

What about crowds and costs?

In June, South Africa experiences increased tourist traffic and higher costs compared to other months. 

The month marks the beginning of the winter season, making it an ideal time for wildlife safaris as animals are more easily spotted due to drier conditions and thinner vegetation.  However, this popularity comes with a downside as it brings larger crowds, longer queues, and potentially higher prices for accommodations and tours.

June is a prime time for international tourists. School holidays in some countries contribute to the influx of visitors, further boosting tourist numbers and driving up prices.

In terms of costs, June can be relatively expensive, especially for accommodations and tours in high-demand areas like game reserves. Prices tend to be higher compared to shoulder seasons like May or August — which offer similar weather but with less crowds. 

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Railway in South Africa © Tengiz Chantladze/Shutterstock

The weather in South Africa in June is great for taking scenic train rides © Tengiz Chantladze/Shutterstock

Festivals and events in South Africa in June

If you're organizing your trip to South Africa in April, it's worth looking into these events. Just keep in mind that if you plan to attend, it's essential to book your accommodation as early as possible. For further inspiration for your South African journey, check out our selection of the best things to do.

Youth Day (June 16th)

Commemorating the Soweto Uprising of 1976, Youth Day is a significant national holiday in South Africa. You can participate in various events and activities across the country, including youth-led concerts, educational programs, and memorial services. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on South Africa's history and the role of young people in shaping its future.

Wacky Wine Weekend

The Wacky Wine Weekend in Robertson offers wine enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the Robertson Wine Valley in a fun and festive atmosphere. Travellers can enjoy wine tastings at participating wine farms, cellar tours, food pairings, live music, and entertainment. This lively event showcases the diverse wines produced in the region while celebrating the local wine culture.

Encounters - South African International Film Documentary Festival

Encounters is South Africa's premier documentary film festival, showcasing the best in local and international documentary filmmaking. Held in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the festival features screenings, panel discussions, and workshops with filmmakers. You can immerse yourself in thought-provoking documentaries covering a wide range of topics, from social issues to environmental concerns and cultural exploration. 

Eastern Cape, South Africa © Vincent van Oosten/Shutterstock

The weather in South Africa in June is great for seeing Eastern Cape © Vincent van Oosten/Shutterstock

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  • Cape Town and Garden Route (7 days): Discover Cape Town's vibrant culture and the scenic wonders of the Garden Route, including Knysna and Mossel Bay, where thrilling safaris await.
  • Explore the North of South Africa (7 days): Short on time? Stay near Johannesburg. Begin at the Lost City theme park, then head to Madikwe for wildlife safaris.
  • Cape Town Explored (8 days): Explore Cape Town, South Africa's stunning city, on a circular route around the peninsula. Then, fly to Kapama Private Game Reserve for a Big Five encounter.

Visit South Africa in other months

Still mulling over when the best time for your trip is? Here’s a month by month break down of the weather in South Africa.

  • July: Take a trip to enjoy the winter chill with clear skies perfect for stargazing and more.
  • August: Witness the annual migration of whales along the southern coast while enjoying crisp mornings and sunny afternoons.
  • September: This month is great to see as spring brings renewed life to the landscape, with blooming flowers and opportunities for scenic hikes in the countryside.
  • October: For a  pleasant transition to warmer weather, ideal for outdoor activities like visiting national parks and indulging in local cuisine.
  • November: Visit during this month for early summer vibes with longer days and the chance to witness the breathtaking spectacle of wildflowers blooming across the Western Cape.
  • December: Welcome the peak of summer with bustling cities, lively festivals, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures.
  • January: Kick off the year with warm temperatures and vibrant cultural festivals, perfect for exploring the stunning beaches and diverse wildlife.
  • February: For a trip during the peak of summer with scorching temperatures ideal for beach lounging and thrilling safari adventures.
  • March: A great time to enjoy the pleasant transition to autumn with cooler weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities like hiking and wine tasting in the countryside.
  • April: For crisp autumn days, perfect for exploring national parks and indulging in delicious seasonal produce.
  • May: The start of winter with mild temperatures, ideal for spotting wildlife and enjoying outdoor adventures with fewer crowds.
Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 20.05.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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