You might have heard that during the rainy season, it only pours down for a short time and almost any season can be recommended for a beach holiday! It sounds good; however the reality may differ at a large scale especially when you are going to South Africa.Firstly, let me tell you that while considering “saving money” on flight, or in other words getting cheap flights to Cape Town or Durban, any season when there are no school or public holidays , can be considered as a cheap tickets time. Cheap flights to Cape town are best found with Etihad Airways or Qatar and some times even British Airways offers some Cheap tickets to Cape Town from London UK.
Yet, cheap flights to Durban are not as easy as that, despite being the third largest city and an ultimate beach attraction, Durban is still suffering from a low tourism rate in comparison to other two cosmopolitans. The biggest reason being no direct flights to Durban. However, the best way to go to Durban is either via Cape Town or Johannesburg from where you can flight cheap direct flights to Durban with Local airline South African airways. If you want to avoid such a connection than book a flights with the ongoing British Airways sale on cheap tickets to Durban or with Qatar, Emirates or South African Airways.
Now that half of your problem is solved, let me tell you one more thing to watch for, and that is making the right choice in selecting the weather and time to visit Beach Attractions in South Africa. Even though, in rainy seasons it pours down only a bit some times but there are other side effects to wet season weather that can change a great beach holiday into a dismal waste of time and money. Such as High winds, that can make seas choppy, inter-island travel and fishing trips unpleasant. Apart from that water sports also become almost impossible in snorkeling murky waters. Even swimming becomes an exercise in battling muddy blue waves rather than floating tranquilly in clear turquoise waters. Furthermore, flotsam, jetsam and seaweed blown onto shores makes even the best beaches look grubby and unattractive. If this is not enough to spoil the pleasure, there are mosquitoes, crabs and some other not so favorite creates that enjoy weather by tasting the tourists.
Another nightmare for all those who pay big money to get some sun, constant clouds ruin the sunny seaside ambience, sunbathing possibilities shrink and photos look dull and dreary. Although, it may save you some sun block but high humidity creates an uncomfortably damp environment and in rooms that are not well air-conditioned the level mood and skin (if oily) both suffer a great deal. In warmer areas like Durban, stagnant pools of water create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, though high winds may prevent them from flying. Hence, under these circumstances, your bed, book or a bar are the only solution.
The best time to swim off South Africa’s beaches is November – Feb (summer) however early reservation of flights and accommodation is suggested to avoid availability problems at Christmas holiday time. For scenic driving and hiking around the beaches,- winter (June-August) may be a better bet, as daytime temperatures are T-shirt comfortable and it is also the best time for wildlife viewing and the driest season.
The Atlantic waters on the south and west coasts around Cape Town, (Hermanus and Elands Bay) are always cold, in the region of 12C or 13C, while further east, as the Indian Ocean drift kicks in water temperatures rise to 21C on Nature’s Valley beach and 24C on beaches around Durban and north-east, up to Cape Vidal. Summer air temperatures range from a low of 22C in Nature’s Valley, to 28C plus in Camp’s Bay (Cape Town), Durban and up to Cape Vidal. South Africa beaches with warm waters are at 20 -25C in summer.
So, the point is to check the best or worst seasons before you book your expensive trip!