Averages for Cape Town in August
Due to Cape Town's location in the southern hemisphere, August falls within the winter season in Cape Town, South Africa, just like it does in the nearby South African resort of Stellenbosch. Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and there is plenty for visitors to do even in the colder months, like August. However, August is one of the coolest and dampest of the year, and visitors should be prepared for rain and cold evenings when visiting the resort during this month.<...>
Due to Cape Town's location in the southern hemisphere, August falls within the winter season in Cape Town, South Africa, just like it does in the nearby South African resort of Stellenbosch. Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and there is plenty for visitors to do even in the colder months, like August. However, August is one of the coolest and dampest of the year, and visitors should be prepared for rain and cold evenings when visiting the resort during this month.
While there is definitely a change in seasons from the summer months of December and January to the winter months of June, July and August, the average temperature in Cape Town remains relatively mild all year long. Unlike other destinations, the average temperature never drops below freezing, even in July and August. In fact, during a stay in Cape Town in August, you can expect the average temperature to be 13°C (55°F). This balmy temperature is great for exploring Cape Town.
Like the other winter months of June and July, you can expect the average high temperature to reach 18°C (64°F). Similarly, every day the temperature drops after sunset, and during August the average low temperature is a cool 8°C (46°F). As well, Cape Town and surrounding sights like Table Mountain can be very windy during the winter months.
August is not a great time for beachgoers. The winter weather is still unpredictable and crisp, while the sea temperature remains cooler, as well. The average sea temperature of 16°C (61°F), means surfers will definitely want a wetsuit.
Visitors should also be prepared for rain during the month of August. Normally, there is significantly less rain in August than July, with only an average 70 mm of precipitation compared to July's 100 mm. But with an average 14 wet days throughout August, visitors are likely to experience some overcast and rainy days while on holiday.
Visitors and locals alike will rejoice in the sunlight that does reach Cape Town in August. While days are finally growing longer, there is only an average 6 hours of sunlight per day.
Where to Stay
Cape Town has a number of accommodation options at a reasonable price for those on a budget. One great place for families, couples or solo travelers to consider is the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel 1812. As the cold, winter weather continues throughout August, the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel 1812 is a wonderful option for comfort. The hotel only has 6 guestrooms, and each has been recently renovated to balance the historic past of this cosy building with the need for modern amenities. The staff are efficient and hospitable and the building filled with mystery of the past – all for a very reasonable price tag.
Stunningly beautiful and sophisticated, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel looks and feels like one of the most posh accommodation options in Cape Town. It has been operating since 1899. Like many other hotel options in this trendy city, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is also unique and interesting. Situated in a bright pink mansion and located just at the bottom of Table Mountain, this hotel has enough character to fill 3 hotels. In addition the onsite spa is an amazing way to unwind after a full day exploring Cape Town or warm up on a cool August afternoon.
Visitors who want a bit more space while staying in Cape Town should consider the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel. The guestrooms at this beautiful hotel are all suite style, complete with kitchens and living areas. The gorgeous building, manicured grounds and stylish lobby suggest that the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel would be beyond most visitors' budget, but in actuality the cost is unexpectedly reasonable.
What to Do
August is still cool and often rainy. If the weather does take a turn for the worst, hide from the rain at the Cape Town Diamond Museum. Here you can find out how the raw material becomes the final polished stone, whilst exploring the origins of South Africa's famous diamond industry. The Cape Town Diamond Museum also chronicles the history of the diamond industry in South Africa and its importance in Cape Town.
Cape Town's International Nando's Comedy Festival takes place in August and is a fantastic place to go to see some of the region's best stand up acts. In addition to local talent, this international event showcases American and British comedians. It has been running for over 15 years and continues to draw some of the bigger names in comedy.
Where to Eat & Drink
Tucked away in the neighborhood of Green Point is Giovanni's Deli. This is a great place to grab coffee and spend the morning people watching. As the name would suggest the owner is Italian and so is the menu. The selection of Italian wines, cheeses, meats and pastas are carefully chosen and served in a laidback environment. It is one of the most traditional Italian places in the city.
Couples and friends who are looking for a sophisticated and classy dinner out should consider Aubergine. This restaurant has been open since 1996, and serves a consistently good menu influenced by cuisine from around the globe. The focus at Aubergine is on local and fresh ingredients. The restaurant is located in the Gardens area of Cape Town and close to many hotels and other accommodation options.
Vegetarians would be best to avoid the Hoghouse Brewing Company, but carnivores will love the options available at this relaxed, western themed brewery. The trendy, brick restaurant offers everything from breakfast to dinner, and is busy throughout the day. The welcoming staff will make visitors feel like locals, as you taste some brews and enjoy the Texan-style BBQ.