Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa

The Natal Drakensberg

The Drakensberg: Climate

The climate pattern is similar to that of much of South Africa - hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters.

The Drakensberg: Climate

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Summer - November to March

Days can be very hot (30oC) and will tend to be humid. Most days in summer start clear and bright but thunderheads will accumulate during the late morning. The UV radiation is very high so sunscreen is required. Despite the heat, this is the wet season and there will be plenty of water in the springs. The water is sweet and generally safe to drink above 7,000ft.

On most afternoons, there will be a sharp, often violent thunderstorm that will last for an hour so if you plan to hike in the Drakensberg all day, take some lightweight wet weather clothes. If you plan to hike in the high Berg, regardless of the season, take some warm clothes - it has snowed there even in midsummer. By sunset, the clouds will have disappeared and the evening will be clear.

Winter - April - October

Days are mild (20oC) and dry but sunscreen is still recommended.

Evenings are cold to very cold (-5oC) so warm clothes are essential. Although the days are warm, the wind may be cold and it gets very cold out of the sun.


At any time of the year, the weather can change very, very quickly from what may be a warm clear day into very cold, wet weather with mist that will reduce visibility to almost zero. This has, on occasion resulted in the deaths of ill-prepared hikers. See the safety page.

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