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Best Time to Visit Johannesburg

Johannesburg is great to visit all round the year as the temperatures during various seasons don’t differ too much. Johannesburg is blessed with a dry and sunny climate mostly all around the year.

Summers (November to March) the average temperature ranges from a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius during the day, while nights get cool with the temperature dropping down to a minimum of 15 degree Celsius. However, during summers Johannesburg experiences thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall during the afternoons and they disappear as quickly as they appear. December and January are also the peak months to visit this city. Not because of some special events but because the schools and universities shut during the holiday season and even local people take holidays around Christmas and New Years. So if you are looking for a peaceful and quiet time, these months are not recommended.

Apart from the holiday season there is no peak season as such. Tourists flow in and out of Jo’burg all through the year. The winters (May to August) in the city are mild too, averaging a temperature of about 20 degree Celsius during the day while night temperature can drop down to a minimum of 4 degree Celsius. This is a good time to spot wildlife. In fact if you want to go for the famous African safaris there is no better time. The foliage is sparse allowing you to spot more animals.

During spring (September and October) and fall (April and May) the temperature ranges from 23 degree Celsius to a minimum of 10 degree Celsius. If you are interested in the flowers and the vegetation this is the best time to go. Johannesburg has the largest man-made forest in the world with over 10 million trees. Considering the dry and sunny climate of Johannesburg with occasional rains in summers the flora and fauna of the city is absolutely splendid and commendable. Easter is celebrated with a great zeal and the prices of accommodation could be a little high. That goes for new Years and Christmas as well.

As for the fairs and festivals, Johannesburg hosts quite a few of them. Important ones being The FNB Dance Umbrella, a three week long event where all forms of dances from the African Jazz to break dance are performed by participants from all over. Other festivals are Joy of Jazz Festival and the Arts Alive Festival held in the month of September. Please remember, Johannesburg has a high crime rate, so be careful and cautious of your belonging and don’t go out into the streets alone, especially after dark.


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