Weather-wise March is less predictable than January and February, as rainfall drops off in the interior and more regular cold fronts bring cooler weather to the coast. On the whole, March is still hot across South Africa, and from March to May it’s a good time to visit Johannesburg as the thunder storms subside, but temperatures remain high. Wherever you’re travelling, pack a mix of cool- and warm-weather clothing – conditions can change rapidly from one day to the next.
March is a good month for music in South Africa. The Cape Town Jazz Festival is the biggest of its kind in Southern Africa and attracts top artists from around the world. Splashy Fen, in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, is South Africa’s longest-running music event, and there are many others to look out for across the country.
One of South Africa’s biggest sporting events and the biggest timed sporting event in the World take place in Cape Town during March: The Cape Town Cycle Tour. The event attracts tens of thousands of visitors so be aware that accommodation can be harder to find.
The Easter school holidays start in late March, which means busier roads throughout the country. It’s a popular time for camping and long weekends away, and the more popular places can book up months in advance. March can still be very wet and humid around Durban, but the Lowveld and Kruger National Park become drier making late March and April a good time to combine an inland safari with a beach-hopping coastal drive.