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A subtropical climate with warm, wet summers and cool, dry winters

Timbavati weather is characteristic of most safari destinations in Southern Africa. The region experiences two main seasons – summer and winter – with very short periods which could be classified as spring and autumn. The Timbavati has a typical subtropical climate with warm, wet summers and cool, dry winters.

Summer falls between the months of October and March and this is also the rainy season in the Timbavati. Temperatures are moderately high to very high with some humidity and occasional cloudy conditions. The rains, which vary between 450-550mm per year, start in November and usually last until the end of March. The dry bush comes alive after the rains, offering spectacular vegetation and the start of a new life cycle. Summers can get hot with average temperatures of 38°C in the months of January to April.

Winter falls between April and September and is the official dry season. The Timbavati winter is cool to warm, and the skies are clear with plenty of sunshine. We are privileged in South Africa to have some of the highest hours of sunshine in the world. Winter is considered the best safari season as the animals can be viewed more clearly in the dry bush and often stay close to water resources. During the winter months the daytime temperatures in the Timbavati are pleasantly mild but these can drop significantly during the late evenings and early mornings.

For a guide to Timbavati weather, take a look at our weather guide blog here.