Weather in Cape Town in March

Is March a good time to visit Cape Town?

Cape Town’s weather in March is particularly good with long warm days, little wind and cool evenings as autumn approaches. Visitors to Cape Town in March get to enjoy all the perks of late summer without having to battle for a place on the beach or endure long queues at the city’s many tourist attractions. The city prepares for the relief of winter, the light begins to change and Cape Town takes on a beautiful autumnal glow.


Climate in Cape Town in March

The weather and climate in Cape Town in March is slightly cooler than its peak summer months. The wind in Cape Town during March is as persistent as ever on the days when it does blow. March has a number of windless days or days with only a slight cooling breeze. March is the ideal month for tourists wishing to go hiking up Table Mountain or Lion’s Head. March tends to be one of the drier months in Cape Town with an average of five days rain throughout the month. Temperatures range between 15 and 25°C (57 to 77°F) with occasionally hotter days reaching up into the 30s (80 to 90°F).


What's on in Cape Town in March

March in Cape Town is packed with sporting, lifestyle and cultural events catering to all tastes. The most famous March event in Cape Town is the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour – a cycle race of a 110km (68 mile) loop from central Cape Town to Cape Point and back again ending in Greenpoint near the World Cup Stadium. Cyclist wishing for an off-road experience can take part in the grueling Absa Cape Epic nine-day mountain biking challenge. For the less active, the annual Design Indaba Expo is a must, showcasing trendy and innovative design trends from South Africa. Music lovers should be sure to book their tickets for the North Sea Festival well in advance as this event sells out fast and generally showcases some of the finest South African and International talent. Cape Town has a spectacular array of events and things to do in March.


What to pack for a holiday in Cape Town in March

Cape Town’s weather in March is still warm enough to enjoy time on the beach, so beachwear, sunscreen and sunglasses should be essential items on your packing list. The evenings are cooler and as the seasons change there is a definite nip in the air, packing a light jersey or two and some casual warm evening wear is vital. Cape Argus and Cape Epic cyclists will need to pack all their cycling gear, while those wishing to hike up Table Mountain should pack some light hiking gear. Evening functions in Cape Town often require smart-casual attire.