ADVANTAGES OF THE RAINY SEASON
RAIN SEASON (JUNE – SEPTEMBER)
Before you decide ‘I will never travel to Cape Town in winter’ there are important factors to consider, especially since some things simply cannot be done in summer such as:
- NAMAQUALAND FLOWERS one of the greatest wild flower shows on earth (Aug-Sept).
- WHALE WATCHING though the whales are here from May to Nov, the peak viewing months are Aug-Oct.
- SHARK SAFARI the season in the False Bay runs mid April to Sept but they are at their most visible June-Aug.
- WILDLIFE SAFARIS are best visited over our winter/spring period (July-Oct). Unlike Cape Town the rest of the country is in dry season so the foliage dies back, the animals concentrate the waterholes and game viewing is much easier and often dramatic.
Another important aspect of the Cape winter season is that the weather changes rapidly so we seldom have long uninterrupted spells of any kind of weather. Every cold front has its shoulder days which are often calm, clear and absolutely perfect for photography as one can photograph all day.
And even when it rains there are still amazing photographic opportunities to be had. An award winning BBC photograph was taken of a mushroom being pelted by the pouring rain. In the rain you could potentially get poignant images of sodden sad looking baboons, birds shaking the rain off their backs or children huddled under colourful umbrellas etc.
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