Averages for Cape Town in March

Cape Town is located on the southernmost point in Africa, and surrounded by incredible natural beauty from beaches to mountains. Visitors to Cape Town are often eager to take in the natural attractions, whether in the city or just outside, and March is the perfect time for exploring. The height of summer, in January and February, has passed, but there are plenty of warm and sun-filled days to enjoy.

Cape Town is a great place to visit in March. The weather is still warm from the rece...

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  • Temperature Temperature 21°C 69°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 25°C 77°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9.05 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 30 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 6 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 20°C 68°F

Cape Town is located on the southernmost point in Africa, and surrounded by incredible natural beauty from beaches to mountains. Visitors to Cape Town are often eager to take in the natural attractions, whether in the city or just outside, and March is the perfect time for exploring. The height of summer, in January and February, has passed, but there are plenty of warm and sun-filled days to enjoy.

Cape Town is a great place to visit in March. The weather is still warm from the recent summer, while many other destinations are still experiencing cold temperatures or a lot of rain as winter turns to spring in the northern hemisphere. With a location in the southern hemisphere, March marks the end of summer in Cape Town. The resort begins to cool down in March, when the summer season comes to a close. The average temperature lingers at 21°C (70°F), just below the average for February at 23°C (73°F). During this month of March you can expect the average high temperature of 27°C (81°C), and the sun is still strong so it is important to take precautions against dehydration and sunburn.

Temperatures are cooler overnight, with the average low temperature dropping to 14°C (57°F). Whether taking a stroll or planning to dine and drink outdoors, visitors will find that a jacket is necessary for a holiday to Cape Town in March.

Just as the air temperature begins to cool throughout the month of March, so does the average sea temperature. The average sea temperature is now 20°C (68°F), and will continue to fall during April, May and the winter months.

While temperatures are lower, the amount of precipitation is on the rise throughout the month. Cape Town receives an average 30 mm of rain during the month of March, and visitors should plan for an average 6 rainy days throughout the month.

There is still plenty of sunshine during March. The days are still long and the skies mostly cloudless. On average there are 9 hours of bright sunlight per day during March.

Hit the Beach

The beaches of False Bay are a short drive from central Cape Town, but worth it. Unlike many of the beaches and coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, the water at False Bay is warm and inviting – perfect for swimming and wading on an autumn afternoon. Visitors should be careful as sharks are known to frequent this area, but shark spotters are careful to keep the public safe!

Where to Stay

When it comes to accommodation in Cape Town, New Kings Hotel is a great option for all types of visitors. Whether traveling with children, as a couple or solo, New Kings Hotel has amenities and capability for any need. It is a sleek modern hotel that is close to the city, but still near enough to the beach on that perfect March afternoon. Plus, the hotel has fantastic views of Lion's Head, Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean. This hotel is for people who want to get close to nature and enjoy the mild March weather, without straying too far from the cosmopolitan centre of Cape Town.

Sitting on the side of Table Mountain and offering phenomenal views over Cape Town, the Four Rosmead Hotel is a great option for visitors looking for a boutique hotel. The hotel was originally constructed in 1903, but careful refurbishment and upgrades result in a contemporary, sophisticated hotel that has not lost its charm. The open terrace is the perfect place to start and end your day in Cape Town, and the interesting artwork displayed around the hotel can keep you entertained for hours.

The sunny, comfortable days of March are perfect for exploring Cape Town's seaside and what better than to stay in the midst of the famous V&A Waterfront? The Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa is situated in the former home of V&A Waterfront's harbormaster, and could not be closer to all the action on the promenade and harbor. This intimate hotel only has 5 rooms and 1 suite; each is impeccably cared for and decorated in soft, soothing colours. Despite its upscale reputation and price tag, the Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa still provides a refreshingly homey environment and stay.

What to Do

As the weather begins to cool in March, it is an ideal time to see some of Cape Town's natural attractions. Cape Point is one of the most beautiful places in Cape Town. Cape Point is situated within the Table Mountain National Park. Here you will find several walking trails surrounding the park, which are perfect for exploring. A number of animals call Cape Point home, including baboons, zebras and over 250 species of birds. Do not forget your camera, as visitors who venture into Cape Point will be surrounded by spectacular photo opportunities.

One of the biggest events in Cape Town's sports calendar takes place in March - the Cape Town Cycle Tour. This is the largest timed cycle event in the world, and that is bound to draw some of the best cyclists and enthusiasts in the world. During this event you can watch over 30,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities compete in the 105km race around the Cape Peninsula.

Where to Eat & Drink

It is difficult to guess what will be served at the Chefs Warehouse, & Canteen, as the menu changes daily. This restaurant is famous for spicy flavour combinations and interesting flavours. This lovely space welcomes both food enthusiasts and visitors looking to try something new. The perfect place for couples, the tapas tasting menu for 2 is extremely popular. There is a no reservations policy at the bar, which means you do not need to plan ahead, and the staff are efficient and friendly. The Chefs Warehouse & Canteen makes for a great night out.

Located on trendy Kloof Street, the Black Sheep Restaurant is one of those places in Cape Town where you are sure to need a reservation. It is always busy for dinner, and the reputation and loyal clientele are well deserved, as the food is amazing. The menu is constantly changing, and guests are encouraged to check the restaurant's website daily to see what is on for the evening meal.

With so many options it can be difficult to navigate the nightlife in Cape Town. However, visitors will find that there are several reliable places to spend a night out. The rooftop bar of Tjing Tjing serves amazing cocktails always draws a crowd, particularly on weekend nights. Come for a sundowner and stay for the party that follows.

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