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.

Did you know? 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 climates in the world.

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 24-30║C.

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 as a destination

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Wine Estates

Garden Route Wine Estates

The Garden Route produces some fantastic wines. The cool, wet winters and temperate summers (with their own fair share of rains) make for the perfect conditions in which to cultivate a range of red, white and rosÚ wines. Popular wine farms include ...

Miscellaneous / Whale Route / Activities

Whale Watching in Garden Route

Whilst the Garden Route, between Mossel Bay and Storm's River, does not get landbased whale watching in quite the same way as Hermanus, Witsand and De Hoop, whales are still very much in evidence in the more secluded bays particularly around Mossel Bay, ...

Outdoor Activities

Hiking in Garden Route

Hiking Trails in the Garden Route range from single day hiking trails to multi-day Adventure Hikes for Adventurers and Families. In the Garden Route you drink in the sights of stunning beaches, majestic rock formations and waterfalls as you hike one of ...

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3 Day Garden Route (UMZGR3)

A 3 day tour of the Garden Route, including Oudtshoorn, commencing in Port Elizabeth and ending in Cape Town. ...

6 Day Luxury Golf Tour(UMZGS6)

Soaring above the glittering Knysna lagoon and offering breathtaking mountain and ocean views, Pezula Golf Course enjoys a setting that has to be seen to be believed. It nestles in its own golf estate on an exclusive cliff-top retreat. It is surrounded by an aromatic mantle of Cape coastal fynbos - bushes, trees and wild flowers teeming with b ...

7 days and 6 nights Garden Route

The highlights of the Garden Route, private and customised to suit your interests from Oudtshoorn to Addo Elephant National Park, on to Tsitsikamma and the Garden Route, before concluding in Cape Town. Your own private tour with driver/guide. ...

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