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When is it the best time to visit Cape Town?

South African Slang

The weather in the Cape, especially close to Cape Town, is notoriously fickle. But here are some guidelines to help you to decide what time of the year is best for your visit. At the end of the day, any time is a good time – for different reasons. Whichever season you choose to visit Cape Town, you won’t be disappointed!

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Sprightly Spring - September/October

Spring is in the air and the Cape bursts into bloom. The West Coast is famous for its wild flower season when the fields become carpeted with radiant colours. A don't-miss experience! It's a great time to visit Cape Town and the Western Cape - the weather is soft and mild, sometimes with short showers. Average temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees Centigrade, with the days getting longer.

Sultry Summer - November to March

Summers in Cape Town are wonderful! Clear blue skies, hot sunshine and long days are ideal for tourist activities - like enjoying Camps Bay beach or savouring a Signal Hill sunset. Temperatures range from 14 degrees Centigrade at night to 25 degrees during the day. The average temperature is 23 degrees with rain showers not often.

Secret Season – April to August

Why not visit Cape Town outside the frantic summer season? It’s an excellent time to watch whales frolicking close to the shore in quiet bays like Hermanus . Their babies are born during July and August. The Cape Winelands offer a feast of warm red wines and award-winning restaurants that will not fail to nourish your body and soul. 

When you visit Cape Town, one thing you’re sure to find interesting is our South African slang language. Especially the Cape Flats slang  is extremely colourful! And it’s often really funny once you get the hang of it.

Enjoy reading some of the expressions below and look forward to hearing them in real life when you get here!

Our local slang is derived from many different sources – Afrikaans, African languages, South African Indian and other minority population groups.

Here, to whet your appetite, is a small selection from the hundreds of South African slang words in use today.

Words from the Khoikhoi and San languages

aitsa – exclamation of agreement like ‘nice!’ or ‘got it!’.

buchu – name applied to a range of medicinal plants.

dagga – marijuana

eina – exclamation of pain, as in “ouch”

goggo – bug or insect

kaross – garment made of animal skin

kierie – a walking stick or cane, usually made of wood.  

Words from Nguni Languages - Xhosa and Zulu

Haikona!/Aikhona – strong refusal/disagreement, ‘No!’

donga – ditch

eish! – expresses resignation

fundi – expert

faka – to put

gogo – grandmother, elderly woman

hawu! – expression of disbelief, surprise.

hayibo! – ‘definitely not’

indaba – conference

laduma! – a popular cheer at soccer matches, ‘he scores!’

muti – medicine

Mzansi – South Africa

sangoma – traditional healer or diviner

songololo/shongalolo – millipede

Shisa Nyama – to ‘burn meat’, braai

spaza – an informal trading post/convenience store

tokoloshe – a dwarf-like water sprite

toyi-toyi/toi-toi – protest dancing

tsotsi – gangster, layabout, no gooder

ubuntu – compassion or kindness, humanity

vuvuzela – a traditional horn made from hollowed-out Kudu bull horns.

yebo – ‘yes’.

wena – ‘you’.

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