#SpringTrips: Chasing the sun in SA

2017-08-13 14:34 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - When spring finally blooms, South Africans go on the hunt for sunshine to combat the long winter blues. Luckily for us, South Africa is one of the sunniest countries in the world, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and spring is the best time to enjoy those golden rays without melting from the heat.

If winter has you craving that Vitamin D, put on your sunnies and check out some of the sunniest spring spots in South Africa, according to data from WMO.

You might be surprised at who didn’t make the list.

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Upington ranks 6th in the world as one of the sunniest cities in the world, racking up about 3 730 hours of sunshine a year. In spring, you can get almost ten hours of sweet rays a day in this Northern Cape area, which makes it an excellent time to explore the nearby waterfalls at Augrabies National Park just before their dry season starts.

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Also chilling amongst the top 30 sunniest cities in the world, Bloemfontein has around 290 hours of sunshine in October, as this area tends to have an abundance of sunny days due to their short winters.

You can get inspiration from the massive Nelson Mandela statue on Naval Hill as the day starts warming up, and in October you can enjoy the scents of their annual Manguang Rose Festival. If you’re feeling more adventurous, witness the dawn of the day by hot air balloon!

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When looking for sunshine in South Africa, many head for the aptly-named Sunshine Coast, claimed to be the sunniest region in South Africa. It stretches from Tstsikamma’s forests all the way to East London's beaches, including surfer hot spots like Jeffreys Bay, Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea and St Francis Bay. Snorkelling, swimming, hiking and many adventure activities can be found on this bright Eastern Cape coast.

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The Namibian border is one of the hottest places in the country, but in spring the weather hovers in the mid 20°C making for pleasant sunny weather. In Alexander Bay, the mouth of the Orange River can offer some spectacular bird viewing with lots of spring chicks. This season is also one of the best times to take on Orange River rafting and kayaking, as you're less likely to overheat from the sun.

SEE: Orange River: Just go with the flow


In Gauteng, Pretoria and Johannesburg enjoy the last of their sunny winter days before the summer thunderstorms land, with 282 hours of sunshine for September. You can get the most of your Gauteng rays by trying out some of the rooftop bars in Waterkloof with their spectacular sunsets, take a hike on the outskirts of the cities or take a dip at the Zoo Lake Swimming Pool and warm up in the sun.

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