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Johannesburg weather: Exploring the city seasonally

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Part of the beauty of visiting the urban jungle that is Johannesburg, is that you can have a good time, anytime – whatever the weather.

Johannesburg Weather Guide

There is an energy felt in Joburg, one that keeps the city buzzing. It is strong enough to carry it through all seasons of the year. Here is what to expect from each season’s weather to make sure you make the most of your trip. 

Autumn weather wins in Johannesburg

There is an urban legend which speaks of Joburg being one of the world’s largest tree populated cities. While it isn’t number one, trees are aplenty. 

This makes autumn a great time to visit. Watch as the season takes hold of the leaves, and the cool air blows in. 

This is the perfect time to visit one of the many parks. Add a flask to your picnic basket and visit the Botanical Gardens, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens or Emmarentia Dam. 

This is generally a great time to enjoy the better part of colder days: grab your coat and go exploring.

Spring blooms in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is home to many markets which are always a weekend winner. This is the beginning of the end of the year, when everyone gets into a festive mode, and the warmer weather brings Johannesburg into bloom.

Bring your summer clothing out of hiding, and head down to one of the many markets, where fresh air meets fresh produce. For something for the whole family, visit the Fourways Farmers Market, and for a truly Joburg experience, visit the Neighbourgoods Market.

This is also a great time to visit the many tourist attractions and activities, as the weather will be most comfortable and accommodating. 

Head out to explore the endless fun available at Gold Reef City, or visit Soweto to learn of its rich history, and if you’re brave enough, making a booking to bungee jump from the iconic the Soweto towers.

Winter to wake you

Winter is bone-chilling in Johannesburg. However, these colder months are momentary in the bigger scheme of things, and very predictable. 

The winter weather calls for two things, both of which are easily attainable in the city of gold: comfort and indulgence. 

Take the opportunity to visit some of the many art galleries, to feed your creative soul. Make a day of it at the Keyes At Mile, then have a look at the nearby Goodman Gallery. Next up, it’s time for some food. 

Grab hold of the comforts of some of the city’s best restaurants and dine to your hearts delight. This is also the perfect weather to simply shop – and Johannesburg certainly has you covered in that regard. Why not start at Africa’s richest square mile?

Summer rolls into season 

Summer time comes in from as early as October. During these warmer months, the residents often flock to the coastal areas, meaning the city will be at its most empty. 

If you’re in the city during this time, don’t despair. There is much to be done, from a visit to a nearby resort, like Happy Island Water World, or one of the dams, like the Vaal or Hartbeespoort.

You can make like the locals and people watch while having an extended lunch. This is also a great time to explore neighbourhoods, like the ever-quirky Melville or edgy Parkhurst.

Keep an eye out for festivals which often take place in the summer months. There is Afropunk to take you into the new year, and Ultra South Africa in February, to name but a few.

Johannesburg is a city you’ll be glad to have visited yearound. With forecastable and weather you can prepare to endure, your city adventure awaits. 

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