The Western Cape is a particularly beautiful province of South Africa and certainly one of its most popular tourist attractions. To ensure that you get the most out of your time in the Western Cape, which has Cape Town as its capital city, it is wise to be prepared and to pack properly.
This province enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Due to its large proportion of coastline, the cool wind that comes off the Atlantic Ocean means that the coastal enjoy a lower average temperature than the inland areas.
The inland areas can expect temperatures of about three to five degrees higher, on average. In winter, the coastal temperatures are usually between 7˚C in the morning and 18˚C at midday. High lying regions and the tops of the mountain frequently experience at least one snowfall during the winter months (June to August).
What to Pack
Summer (December to March)
Summers are hot and sunny. Light, cotton items that allow plenty of air and breathing are generally the most comfortable. Remember to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
- Shorts, skirts and summer dresses
- Long trousers and long-sleeved shirts in a light fabric to cover the skin in the sun
- Comfortable walking shoes for exploring the wine farms and mountainous areas
- A broad-brimmed hat
- A high-factor sunscreen
- Sunglasses that are effective for protecting the eyes against harmful UVA and UVB rays
Winter (June to August)
Winters are cool to cold, although the sun does make its appearance fairly often during these months.
- Jeans and similar heavy trousers
- Long-sleeved t-shirts
- Knitted or fleece tops for warmth
- A warm hat and scarf
- A windbreaker and a raincoat
- Comfortable, warm boots
- Comfortable, waterproof walking shoes
- An umbrella
Spring and Autumn
These months are, generally, temperate and pleasant. It is best to pack items that can be layered so that you are able to strip off as the day warms up and put back on towards evening.
- A pashmina or similar wrap that can be thrown over the shoulders
- Cooler trousers, skirts and dresses
- Comfy shoes for walking or hiking
The Western Cape town’s (such as Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Camps Bay, etc.) have plenty of fabulous restaurants, theatres and shows. It is advisable for ladies to bring along a LBD (Little Black Dress) or your own equivalent, and for gents to have a jacket and tie handy for these events. Most restaurants, however, are fairly casual, making jeans, summer dresses, and so on, perfectly acceptable.
March and April are certainly the most temperate months in which to visit, as the very hot days of summer have cooled, but are still warm and sunny.