Classified as semi-arid to arid, Camdeboo National Park receives an average rainfall of less than 450mm/17.7in per year. Most of the rain falls between October and April. Mid-winter brings temperatures down to freezing. The park’s altitude ranges from 751-1,447m/2,464-4,747ft, so even within the park, there are climatic variations. However, the upper reaches are on the inaccessible mountain peaks.
Winter–May to September
The winter months experience very low temperatures at night and in the early mornings. It is advisable to bring winter clothes. There is little to no rain, and the skies tend to be clear. Snow can fall, but mainly on the mountain peaks.
May – This is the start of winter. Temperatures begin to drop to an average of 6°C/43°F in the morning and 20°C/68°F in the afternoon.
June & July – The temperatures are the coldest during June and July. The average morning temperature is 4°C/39°F, but it sometimes gets well below the freezing point at night. Typical daytime temperatures are around 18°C/64°F.
August & September – Temperatures rise to an average of 21°C/70°F in the afternoon. Morning temperature increases, with an average of around 5°C/41°F.
Summer–October to April
Although the summer is mostly sunny, it can be cloudy, and there are occasional rainstorms. The temperatures are very comfortable.
October & November – It warms up. Temperatures range between 10°C/50°F in the morning and 25°C/77°F in the afternoon. Rain is increasing, but it seldom rains for days in a row.
December, January & February – These are the warmest months with afternoon temperatures reaching upward of 29°C/84°F. Morning temperatures are more pleasing, at about 14°C/57°F. Some rain is possible.
March & April – It once again begins to cool with an average daytime temperature of 26°C/79°F and 11°C/52°F in the morning. Rain peaks in March and decreases again in mid-April.