Cape Town is a city of culture, built on a history that is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, music and dance. Together with a warm summer, temperate winter climate and a friendly community, Cape Town is an ideal destination throughout the year.

Cape Town is often described as the Mother City of South Africa and the Western Cape is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Dutch, Indonesian, French, British and German settlers with the local San and Khoi tribes and other African people from the north.

The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by Devil's Peak, Lion’s Head and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful sandy beaches from Hout Bay and Llandudno to Camps Bay, Clifton, Blouberg, Muizenberg and Fish Hoek frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, magnificent seascapes and mountainous countryside with panoramic vistas. Surrounding it are the tranquil winelands of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Green in summer, the vineyards turn red-gold in autumn.

Cape Town also boasts a wealth of entertainment options, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to theatre, cinema and a varied and exciting night life. The vast array of shopping opportunities ranges from haggling with stallholders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market to visiting stylish shopping malls. The huge variety of restaurants reflects the multicultural history and international traditions of the Cape and caters for everyone's taste, from fast-food outlets and casual to the chic and sophisticated.

Safety and security

Like most major cities, Cape Town has both good and bad areas. It is advisable when walking in Cape Town, particularly at night, to be aware of people around one, and ideally not to walk alone but in a group. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided, and it is not advisable to look like a typical tourist with many cameras strung around your neck. Do not leave valuables unattended.

Weather for May

May is one of the coolest and wettest months of the year in Cape Town, South Africa. The month begins as autumn, and as temperatures drop throughout the month, ends as winter. Being located in the southern hemisphere, the months of June, July and August will be the coldest of the year in Cape Town, and the weather of May is a preview of what is to come. 

Weather is changeable, so it is important to bring jackets and layers, as well as to prepare for some rain. However, the natural beauty around Cape Town is no less stunning at this time and May can be a great time to visit when there are less tourists at the popular attractions like Table Mountain.

Expect an average day temperature of 16°C (61°F) with an average high temperature of 21°C (70°F). The overnight low temperature is a chilly average of 10°C (50°F).


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