Best places to see autumn colours in SA

Posted on 15 April 2024 By Louise Bell

Whether it’s the satisfying crunch of stepping on crisp leaves or finally wrapping yourself in a cosy new sweater, autumn in South Africa is a season filled with possibilities. With its diverse landscapes, this country offers several spots where you can encounter and appreciate the breathtaking beauty of this changing season.

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Unsure where to find the best places with magnificent displays of changing colours? Take a look at a few options scattered across South Africa to enjoy this colourful season in style.

Stellenbosch Winelands

What better way to celebrate slightly more chilly weather conditions than with a glass of wine in hand? The vineyards of Stellenbosch are the perfect escape from which to experience fields of burnt orange hues and the grapevines in the surrounding area.

In the town itself, you’ll spot a medley of trees sporting the staple colours of autumn. Be sure to visit the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve if you want to work up a sweat while admiring a wonderful fall setting. 

Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal

One of the best getaway spots if you’re looking to break away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Midlands is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a cosy spot to enjoy what autumn has to offer. 

The hills and forests in the surroundings become bespeckled with the warm colours of fall, and this destination offers many fun activities and adventures. From visiting local cheese makers to enjoying the cascading pleasures of the waterfall at Howick Falls, you’ll be mesmerised by the down-to-earth pleasures of this destination.

Klein Karoo

While many believe the colours of autumn are associated with the red and orange hues of changing leaves, the Klein Karoo brings another colour palette during this season. This destination provides an excellent wildflower destination where you can marvel at the wide variety of flowers in full bloom during this time.

Autumn, however, brings a lot of rainfall during this season, but there is a beautiful array of activities to enjoy when these unpleasant weather conditions occur. From the rocky spectacle of Congo Caves to local museums, the autumn season in Klein Karoo brings abundant experiences to encounter.

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