Summer in Cape Town truly is like no other. Stunning sunny days, blissful beach adventures, late sunset strolls and a vibrant summer-time vibe. The Mother City is pure summer bliss. And while there’s no denying the fact that summer is a glorious season all-round. There’s just something extra special about celebrating summer in one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world, Cape Town. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Cape Town in summer. And why you should get super excited about planning your summer trip to the Mother City.
#1 Summer in Cape Town means beautiful long days & late sunsets
Cape Town boasts a beautiful year-round mild Mediterranean climate. Making it the perfect bucket-list travel destination for avid adventurers and keen travelers around the world all-year-round. But in summer, is when the Mother City sun really comes out to play. And it’s absolutely glorious in every single way. You can therefore expect beautiful sunny days and blue skies as the winter rains leave a dryer heat than the humid tropics. In addition to beautiful blue-skied days, summer in Cape Town is also known for its spectacular late sunsets. With the sun setting as late as 8:30pm during the Mother City’s peak summer season.
There truly is nowhere else in the world where you’ll be able to admire a stunning 8pm sunset and enjoy temperatures that allow you to bask in the afterglow until well into the night. All while admiring the spectacular sunset view against the glorious backdrop of some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world like Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and Atlantic Ocean. Then right here in the magnificent Mother City. Thereby undoubtedly making the stunning summer-time temperatures and sensational late sunsets one of the top reasons to visit Cape Town in summer.
#2 The Mother City’s marine life come out to play in the most glorious & exciting way
There is no denying the fact that the Mother City is home to a beautiful and exciting marine life scene. Home to the famous Marine Big 5, Cape Fur Seals, dolphins, whales, Mola Mola Sunfish and African Penguins. There truly is nothing more thrilling than seeing these beloved Cape Town’s ocean locals loving life in their natural habitat. And summertime in Cape Town is when they really come out in full force. In addition to spotting these beautiful ocean beings along the vibrant False Bay or Atlantic coastline. Enjoying a bucket-list worthy experience with them by your side is definitely one of the top reasons to visit Cape Town in summer. From snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals, kayaking with African Penguins, going deep sea diving or on a boat-based whale-watching experience. Cape Town has the perfect summer-time ocean adventure for everyone.
#3 Summertime is beach time in Cape Town
There truly is nothing like being sun-kissed, salty-haired and beach-out during summer in Cape Town. But getting to do it while spending the day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is pure bliss! It’s therefore no surprise that people travel from all around the world to experience Cape Town’s spectacular beaches first-hand. Undoubtedly making the Mother City’s wide variety of beautiful beaches combined with her stunning summer weather one of the top reasons to visit Cape Town in summer. Whether you’re looking for a stunning secluded beach escape, long stretch of white sand or something a little cooler and quirkier. The Mother City has the perfect beach for every beach lover at heart.
Here are just a few of our favourites that deserve to be one your Cape Town beach bucket-list. Camps Bay (ranked by Flight Network as the 32nd most beautiful beach in the world on their World’s 100 Beach list). Clifton Beach (ranked 2nd on NatGeo’s best beach list). Boulders Beach (crowned the 62nd most beautiful beach in the world by Flight Network on their World’s 100 Beach list); Muizenberg Beach; Beta Beach; Bloubergstrand; Glen Beach; Llandudno Beach; Noordhoek Beach, Oudekraal Beach, Diaz beach in Cape Point and Long Beach in Kommetjie.
Check out our Top 10 Beaches in Cape Town blog to find out more about any one of the Mother City’s stunning beaches.
#4 Cape Town’s famous summer-time winds transforms the ocean into the ultimate playground for adventurous water sport lovers
Although Cape Town’s summer season is filled with beautiful blue-skied sunny days, its also famous for its wild windy ways. Especially during the months of November – February. And when the fierce Cape Town summer wind does decide to come out to play, the ocean is immediately transformed into the ultimate adventure playground for water sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers. You can therefore expect to see tons of surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers flock to the beach to enjoy a wild windy day out on the ocean waters.
Cape Town’s peak summer windy season is also the time of year where avid kitesurfers travel from all around the world to take advantage of the Mother City’s fierce wind conditions. With Bloubergstrand (also known as Kite Beach among locals) being among one of the top kite surfing destinations in the world. Besides trying theses ocean adventure activities for yourself, watching it from the beachfront is every bit as exciting.
#5 In Cape Town summer season is concert season
In the Mother City, the four-season rule definitely doesn’t apply. And we’re not just talking about the her wildly unpredictable weather patterns. Every season is therefore known for something slightly different. And in Cape Town, summertime is concert time. Because nothing quite says ‘summer is finally here’ than celebrating it in true Cape Town style at one of it’s amazing summer concerts. Undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most sought-after summer concert experiences is the famous Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert Series. Which takes place every Sunday between November and April.
Besides being one of the best ways to experience music in Cape Town as exciting international and local acts take to the stage for a spectacular musical performance. It also takes place in one of the Mother City’s most beautiful natural gems, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, in the shade of the iconic Table Mountain. Plus, the whole family gets to join in on the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert fun! So, gather your friends and family, pack your picnic basket and blanket and enjoy a beautiful summer evening listening to some of the best music South Africa has to offer.
In addition to the popular Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert Series, there are a variety of other top music festivals and concerts taking place in the Mother City this summer. All of which will have music concert lovers loving life all the way throughout Cape Town’s vibrant and exciting summer season. Have a look at our Top 5 Summer Music Festivals in Cape Town blog to find out more.