Africa Surf Seasons, Surf Conditions Africa- Waterways Travel
Africa / Durban / Mozambique :: Season Information
In South Africa seasons are reversed to those in the United States; winter is June to September. Spring is September to December. Summer is December to March. Fall is March to June.
Fall through winter and into early spring (March through October) is the time to be in South Africa; and since that lines up with the relatively waveless Northern Hemisphere summer, you really have no excuse, do you?
WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE RAIN FALL?
Water temperatures will differ greatly between regions, cold in J-Bay during their winter months, warming as you move up to Durban, and nice and warm as you enter Mozambique.
April through October Jeffrey’s will range from 64 to as cold as 54 degrees, Durban from 64 – 72 degrees, and once you get into Mozambique expect 76+
When you have a country with a high and dry interior that is surrounded on three sides by two oceans, you are going to have wind.
During winter prime time in Jeffrey’s Bay, the prevailing wind blows from a westerly direction (SW through NW), which is from sideshore typically perfect offshore for J Bay.
Along the Wild Coast/KwaZulu, October to March on-shores also bring stinging bluebottles and jellyfish into the surfing areas. When the land begins to cool in the April, it breathes a sigh of relief in northwest winds which blow offshore along Durban’s beaches and all up and down the coast. Surfers also breathe a sigh of relief, as summer is over and it’s time to go surfing. The good land breezes continue through the winter and combine with southwest winds, which are also good for surfers. Then in October it blows onshore again; these on-shores favor some places but render others unsurfable.