What you should know about South African Weather and Wildlife (Part 1)

Travelers witness wildlife and experience the great outdoors like never before when flock to South Africa. You can prepare forcertain things, like organizing transport from the airport and getting your vaccinations sorted. But the real threat to travelers is when the local wildlife creeps up on you without warning and the weather turns nasty unexpectedly.

In South Africa the climate can be unpredictable. It is generally warm, dry, and sometimes humid. The biggest weather-related threat typically is rain and involves all of the effects it can have.

For the majority of the country the rainy season occurs during the summer months (from November to March) and it can bring extremely heavy rain. The likelihood of flash flooding is greater when the rain become heavier.

Flooding

In recent years flooding has been a serious issue, with declaration of state of disaster in several provinces by the goverment. Floods can cause significant damage to property and even loss of life, they are nothing to take lightly. In April, 2019, mudslides and floods killed at least 60 people in the wider KwaZulu-Natal province and Durban.

South Africa is home to many lakes, rivers, and winding creeks. During periods of heavy rain, flood nearby roads because these smaller creeks may overflow. This can cause extremely treacherous driving .

You may not want to end up stranded in your vehicle somewhere . If you are out on an excursion pay attention to the weather. If possible, before you leave for a road trip consult with a local for advice on what areas should be avoided because they might be more risky.

Heavy rainfall can also affect surrounding coastal waters, causing tide patterns  and unpredictable waves that can be extremely dangerous for anyone surfing or swimming. Even areas near the coast  and beachescan be hazardous. Take heed if you’re visiting South Africa during the rainy season.