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Cape Town When to Go

At the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town feels like the end of the world—and sometimes the weather acts the part. A prevailing southeastern wind, which can start howling in November, is sometimes called the Cape Doctor for the way it blows off pollution and humidity (a good thing). Remember, though, that it can also turn nasty: In 1936, Table Mountain staff were trapped for five days by raging gales.

On the plus side, these summer southeasters are caused by a high-pressure cell that hovers over Africa’s southern tip, bringing day after day of sun and temperatures around 79. On paper, winters (May through August) are mild—the climate here is considered mostly Mediterranean, so July ranges from 46 to 63 degrees—but it’s also when northwestern systems blow through and help the Mother City live up to another nickname, the Cape of Storms.

The best bet for beaches? Go early and leave by noon, before the wind picks up (and if you want to swim, avoid the Atlantic side—it’s too cold). June brings a huge swell to a wave called Dungeons, site of an annual international surfing competition; January is when to don a huge hat and place your bets in the J&B Met horse race. April’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the best time to hear Cape jazz, a hybrid with an African twist (but you can find performances all year-round). Make sure to check the happenings at the botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch—sunset concerts all summer, carols by candlelight in December (which, remember, is summer too).

Best Anytime fares to Cape Town

Cheap round-trip flights to Cape Town

Departure Arrival Travel dates Airline Round-trip
New York Cape Town Wed, Nov 19 - Thu, Nov 27 Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines $1,201
Johannesburg Cape Town Fri, Oct 24 - Sun, Oct 26 airline logo South African Airways $261
Los Angeles Cape Town Mon, Oct 27 - Mon, Nov 10 Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines $1,304
Washington DC Cape Town Tue, Nov 11 - Thu, Nov 20 airline logo South African Airways $1,067
London Cape Town Fri, Oct 31 - Fri, Nov 14 airline logo South African Airways $1,176
San Francisco Cape Town Wed, Oct 29 - Sun, Nov 9 airline logo Virgin Atlantic $1,279
Chicago Cape Town Tue, Nov 11 - Thu, Nov 20 airline logo Qatar Airways $1,113
Boston Cape Town Sun, Nov 16 - Mon, Nov 24 Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines $1,176
Orlando Cape Town Sat, Oct 4 - Mon, Oct 6 Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines $1,610
Indianapolis Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
Seattle Cape Town Tue, Oct 21 - Tue, Oct 28 airline logo Virgin Atlantic $1,357
Columbus Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
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Best weekend fares to Cape Town

Best weekend fares to Cape Town

Departure Arrival Travel dates Airline Round-trip
New York Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
Johannesburg Cape Town Fri, Oct 24 - Sun, Oct 26 airline logo South African Airways $261
Los Angeles Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
Washington DC Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
London Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
San Francisco Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
Chicago Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
Boston Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
Orlando Cape Town Sat, Oct 4 - Mon, Oct 6 Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines $1,610
Indianapolis Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
Seattle Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
Columbus Cape Town Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 Multiple Airlines Check rates
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