THE LIMPOPO PROVINCE

Limpopo Weather and Climate

Finding itself at South Africa’s northernmost area and bisected by the tropic of Capricorn, visitors toLimpopo can expect sunshine, long summer afternoons and dry days for most of their stay.Polokwane (previously known as Pietersburg), the capital city of Limpopo, lies more or less in the centre of the Limpopo province and its weather is reflective of most of it. Only the region east of the city offers markedly different climate, with most the subtropical conditions of the Lowveld providing weather more suited to dense forests. 

Polokwane offers an extremely pleasant climate for most of the year. With almost all year-round sunshine, it can get rather hot in the summer months (October to March) averaging 27ºC. The lowveld is less forgiving in the swelter of summer afternoons, with towns such as Phalaborwaknown to reach 45ºC. Generally, however, visitors to the Kruger National Park area can expect temperatures around 30ºC in summer. 

Don’t be surprised to find late afternoon growing heavy with clouds and you can expect short thunderstorms. Winter is typical of the interior highveld plateau. A sunny season of chilly, early mornings, warm middays, dry afternoons and cool to cold nights. In general the weather of Limpopo will greet you with a hospitable display of sunshine and reserve. 

Clothing

Clothes should be of a neutral colour, either khaki or green. A windproof jacket is also recommended as well as a warm sweater. A good pair of walking/hiking boots, that have been worn prior to your Safari, and a cap or hat. A warm jacket for cold mornings and late afternoons.

Short pants and t-shirts are recommended during summer (November – April) and a factor 30 sun cream is recommended during this time.