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Best South African winter destinations for July

For a country in the sunny Southern Hemisphere, South Africa sure has an abundance of idyllic winter destinations to suit every traveller. We’ve rounded up some of South Africans’ favourite destinations during the winter season. It’s time to start planning your ideal winter holiday!


With its subtropical climate Durban is always a good option for some winter sun.  The city boasts top attractions like uShaka Marine World, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban Botanical Gardens and of course, pristine beaches. The thriving atmosphere and bustle of the ‘Golden Mile’ is a great start and end point for any visiting tourist.


Clarens is by far one of the most popular winter, and specifically snow, winter destinations in South Africa. Thanks to its relatively central location and scenic surroundings, including Golden Gate Highlands National Park and the Maloti Mountains, the jewel of the Free State is a hot (pun intended) commodity when it comes to winter getaways. According to Snow Report, this region is always popular among snow seekers, even though snow isn’t always guaranteed. If you’re looking for a stone cottage, a cosy fireplace and a view of snow-capped mountains, you’ll find that and more in colourful Clarens.

West Coast

With its colossal coastlines and picturesque scenery, the West Coast is an idyllic winter destination. There is plenty to explore in the West Coast National Park, there are various wineries for wine connoisseurs, and you may even spot a whale or two if you spend a day on the shore.

The Karoo

The Karoo in the centre of South Africa might be the last place you would consider for a winter destination due to the low temperatures, however this is definitely the place to head to “get away from it all”. If you’re craving vast night skies, endless horizons and limited cell phone signal you need to plan a visit to the Karoo this winter!

South African winter holidays have something for everyone. Whether travelling alone or with family and friends, you can certainly make the most of your winter holiday and perhaps even try something new. If you’re looking for some exciting career opportunities in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.