I'm visiting Johannesburg and Cape Town July 8-15, and still not sure how to pack. I don't think I will be on a safari but we are doing a lot of sightseeing. Articles say wear long sleeves and scarfs, boots etc. I see temps of 60-65 F, as highs. Normally in Southern US, that would be short sleeves and jacket weather but I don't know how South Africa 65 f, feels. I fear packing long sleeves and sweaters that I will get hot. Once we leave the hotel, we are out all day, 3 days in Johannesburg and 3 days in Cape Town.
Would short sleeve shirts, with a denim jacket or a cardigan sweater keep me warm? I have running sneakers and skinny jeans as my bass. Or do you really think I need to pack long sleeves/sweaters. I'm bringing a fleece type jacket along with a denim. Will I need much more?
IPlease reply soon. I'm so confused and leave in 2 weeks for my trip.
From what I have experienced, short sleeves and a sweater should keep you warm. I will be traveling to Cape Town this weekend, so I will be abel to give you information for there shortly.
Hi Karitsa! You must keep in mind u will be visiting SA in winter time. Joburg is dry, beautiful blue skies but chilly weather, Cape is Mediterranean so you can go through sun, rain, wind and whatever the weather wants to give you. Keep long sleeves & sweaters in your suitcase. If you are going for 10 days this should be more than enough: 3-4 pants, 2 shorts, 6 shirts -long & short sleeve- all matching /plain colors. Sweaters & wind breaker. Enjoy & have fun, SA is an awesome country!!!!
Cape Town is wet and cold in winter - a uniglo jacket would be great to have with you! Johannesburg usually has sunny crisp days but its cold once the sun goes down - suggest you layer - and yes definitely something warm - a scarf always useful. You'll probably find it so cheap you can always buy!!
Also, I forgot to say yes, I think your denim and cardigan would be perfect. That's what I packed as well.
I was in Johannesburg a couple weeks ago and yes the high would get to 65, at most. However, I packed a couple of jackets and was fine. Sometimes, I didn't need them. It's consider winter over there, however, their winter feels like our Spring...to me. I even wore sandals a couple of times as well. I would say just pack so that you can possibly layer your clothes. Hope this helps!
Hi, In Johannesburg it can get very cold at night, close to freezing. But very nice days, low 20's is common. Therefore layers are a good idea.
In Cape Town, they have a wet winter. So it could be rainy and cold. By cold I would suggest 12 to 15 degs. But it could also be mid 20's if you have a nice day.
When I travel to Cape Town in winter, I always take a couple of sweaters and long sleeves and I usually wear them. But I also take t shirts for the nice days. I also usually take a pair of boots, if it's rqining your feet will gt wet in trainers or takkies as they call them in SA!
Please please share your experiences after you I sit this weekend. I plan to start packing Sunday. So far I have planned equal number off long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, denim jacket and a light weight Northface jacket. I feel I'm packing way too much. I would love to take EITHER short sleeves or long, but not both... but can't decide.
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