Weather & Climate – Mountain Zebra NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Climate Chart Mountain Zebra National Park

Climate Chart Mountain Zebra National Park – 1,087-1,828m / 3,566-5,997ft

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

Mountain Zebra NP’s climate is categorized as semi-arid to arid. Most rain falls between October and April. Winter and summer occur at opposite times to Europe and North America. Freezing temperatures are common during mid-winter.

Winter May to September

The winter months are very cold early in the morning and stay relatively cold during the day. Bringing winter clothes is strongly recommended. Skies are clear, and there is very little rain. Snow can fall, but mainly on the mountain peaks.

  • May – Temperatures cool down to a brisk 4°C/39°F in the morning and 18°C/64°F in the afternoon, signifying the start of winter.
  • June & July – Night time gets well below freezing during the coldest months of the year. The average morning temperature is 1°C/34°F and 15°C/59°F is the average daytime temperature.
  • August & September – Mornings warm up slightly with average temperatures of 3°C/37°F. Afternoons are pleasant and mild with an average temperature of 19°C/66°F.

Summer October to April

Temperatures are milder in the summer, and it rains more often, but still not a lot. It is generally sunny although drizzle and overcast skies can occur.

  • October & November – Rain is possible, although it isn't likely to occur for days at a time. Average temperatures warm to about 8°C/46°F in the morning and 23°C/73°F in the afternoon.
  • December, January & February – Rain is more frequent. Afternoon average temperatures climb upward of 27°C/81°F. Mornings are very comfortable at around 11°C/52°F.
  • March & April – Rainfall is at its most plentiful in March (although it rarely rains for consecutive days), but begins to decrease around mid-April. The temperatures slowly cool to an average of 24°C/75°F in the afternoon and 9°C/48°F in the morning.

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