Weather & Climate – South Africa
Climate Chart Nelspruit – 676m / 2,221ft
South Africa has a lovely, temperate climate with plenty of sunny, dry days. The main factors influencing conditions are altitude and the surrounding oceans. The east coast is on the Indian Ocean, which has a warm current. The west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean with a cold current. South Africa experiences winter and summer at opposite times as compared to Europe and North America and they correspond to the Dry and Wet seasons (except for the Western Cape).
Nelspruit's climate compared to South Africa's parks
Nelspruit is situated next to Kruger, South Africa's most popular park. This region is, in fact, the main wildlife area of the country. The town's climate is largely representative of a lot of the parks, including the private reserves in Sabi Sand and other areas surrounding Kruger. The parks in KwaZulu Natal have similar temperatures but tend to get more rainfall in summer. Kgalagadi in the northwest of the country is a desert area with high temperatures and very little rainfall.
Dry season –May to September – Winter
There is virtually no rainfall during the whole winter and humidity is very low. When water becomes scarce, wildlife will gather around predictable water sources. The Western Cape has winter rainfall and will be cold and wet. Since this isn't a wildlife area, it won't be included in the rest of the descriptions.
Dry Season Photos
Wet season –October to April – Summer
The summer rains are usually afternoon storms, and it can be uncomfortably hot on the Indian Ocean coast, with temperatures up to 30°C/86°F and high humidity. At this time, it is unbearably hot in the Kalahari Desert area where temperatures can climb up to 40°C/ 104°F.