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Visiting South Africa in January

The hot, dry weather makes January an ideal time to visit Cape Town. Arrive early in the month for the all-singing, all-dancing Kaapse klopse at the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival. This annual celebration sees thousands of performers parade through the streets in vibrant costumes to the sound of brass and banjo. Join dandies with brollies and minstrels in make-up for a New Year celebration like no other.

The colourful fashion is only marginally toned down for South Africa’s most prestigious horse racing event. The Sun Met in Cape Town is held in late January, and frequented by the country’s rich and famous. Rub shoulders in the summer sun with chic attendees whilst stallions gallop around Kenilworth Racecourse.

Make the most of that same summer sun with a stroll through award-winning Kirstenbosch. A floral idyll at the foot of Table Mountain, the botanical garden is a draw for culture lovers as well as nature lovers, thanks to its summer schedule of live music. 

In the evening, sip a cocktail as the sun dips behind the horizon from the plateau of Signal Hill. A hike or drive up this Cape Town landmark promises broad vistas of the Mother City, Table Mountain and the deep blue of the Atlantic.

Read more about the best things to do in Cape Town during January.

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