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June - August

June, July, and August can be some of the best times of year in the country to view wildlife. The midwinter months bring cooler temperatures and it is the dry season so there are less foliage and lots of animals gathering at the watering holes and lakes. Madikwe and Kruger are very popular safari destinations and is the perfect time to visit them and see plenty of wild animals. The Cape can be quite cool during these months, but the Cape Winelands can still be enjoyed next to a roaring winter fire with a glass of merlot in hand.

The daily average temperatures this time of year can range anywhere from the mid 40`s to mid 60`s, however, the sun is still shining, so layer up and you can still get out and enjoy the outdoors. This time of year brings beautiful colorful wildflowers and lush green landscapes across the Northern and Western Cape. Namaqualand in the Northern Cape is a spectacular region with carpeted landscapes full of flowers in bloom.

June through November is the whale watching season when the Southern Right Whales migrate and come very close to Hermanus on the Western Cape coastline.

Events and Festivals

- J-Bay Open Surf Competition - Annual Surf competition

- Rockin` the Daisies - South Africa`s largest music and lifestyle festival held annually.

- Knysna Oyster Festival - July - 100 events take place in the town of Knysna including shucking contests, eating challenges and the Knysna Forest Marathon and cycle tour.

- The National Arts Festival - July - Held in Grahamstown showcasing art, culture, theatre, opera and live entertainment.

- Oppiloppi Bushveld Festival - August - Held in Northam with several stages featuring live folk and jazz music, DJs and comedians.