Garden Route Weather and Climate

Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route

Garden Route Weather and Climate

The Garden Route region has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas in South Africa. Most of the rains occurs in the winter months, brought on by the humid sea-winds from the Indian ocean. The Garden Route's temperate weather falls between two climatic regions of summer and winter rainfall so it rains mostly at night which keeps the area perennially green and ensuring towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Storms River and Wilderness are wonderful holiday towns to base yourself in.

You can feel spring in the air by the end of August and into September. October can be quite mixed because just when you think summer has arrived, another cold front moves in. Summer is from November to March and days are warmer, with December to February seeing mid-summer daily temperatures of about 24-30ºC.

Temperatures start cooling down from about April (Autumn) but it can still be very pleasant until June. June, July and August are the winter months. The days may be bright and warm, but it gets cold in the evening.

To start planning your trip to the Garden Route browse our info pages where you will find all the Garden Route Attractions and destinations, lots of photographs to inspire you and a good selection of accredited accommodation in George. provides user-friendly guide for finding accommodation. Here you will find establishment listings sorted by region, town and suburb and by categories from hotels and guesthouses to self catering options, or to start planning your holiday click here to find accommodation in South Africa. We hope you enjoy your stay in the beautiful Garden Route!

The Garden Route

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An Introduction to the Garden Route

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Garden Route Packing List

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest...

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Attractions of the Garden Route

This is a strip of land like no other in the world in terms of beauty, natural attractions and unique flora and fauna - hence its name. Three of South Africa’s top hikes take place here - the Otter Trail and the Tsitsikama and Dolphin trails and man’s footprint has ...

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Maps of the Garden Route

A comprehensive set of maps of the Garden Route, South Africa. Includes a hybrid physical / political map showing the major towns of the region, the largest game reserves and the national roads, relief map showing the terrain in the Garden Route and street ...

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