The Garden Route, a picturesque stretch of South Africa’s coastline that runs from Mossel Bay to Storms River, is a popular destination for travellers from all over the world. However, choosing the right time to visit can make all the difference in the quality of your experience. In this blog post, we’ll explore which months are best for travelling the Garden Route and what you can expect in terms of weather during those months.
The Garden Route can be visited all year round, but the best months to visit are during the summer season, which runs from December to February. During this time, the weather is warm and sunny, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and surfing. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so you can expect larger crowds and higher prices for accommodation and activities.
If you prefer to avoid crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons from March to May or September to November. The weather is still pleasant, and the prices are generally lower. During the spring season (September to November), the landscape comes alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery, making it a beautiful time to visit.
Weather Conditions on the Garden Route
The Garden Route has a mild Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters. However, the weather can be unpredictable, and it’s always a good idea to check the forecast before heading out for the day.
Summer (December to February): During the summer months, the weather is warm and sunny, with temperatures averaging around 25°C (77°F). However, temperatures can reach as high as 35°C (95°F) in some areas, so be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. The evenings can be cooler, with temperatures dropping to around 15°C (59°F), so bring a jacket or sweater.
Autumn (March to May): During the autumn months, the weather is mild, with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). However, the rainfall increases during this time, so be sure to pack a rain jacket or umbrella.
Winter (June to August): The winter months on the Garden Route are mild, with temperatures ranging from 10°C (50°F) to 20°C (68°F). However, rainfall is at its highest during this time, so be sure to pack warm clothes and rain gear.
Spring (September to November): During the spring months, the weather is mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). The landscape comes alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery, making it a beautiful time to visit.
The Garden Route is a beautiful destination to visit all year round, but the best time to go is during the summer months (December to February) when the weather is warm and sunny. However, if you prefer fewer crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons (March to May or September to November). Whatever time of year you choose to visit, be sure to pack for all eventualities, as the weather can be unpredictable. BokBus offers a range of tours that can be tailored to your preferences and schedule, making it easy to plan your perfect Garden Route adventure.