Winter Sun : Escape to the Warmth

Despite being mid-summer, now is a good time to be thinking of getting some winter sun. What better than to escape the cold for sun-drenched destinations like Cape Town, East Africa, the Maldives, and Seychelles, all of which offer the perfect blend of warm weather, breathtaking scenery, and a plethora of activities. Let’s explore these winter sun havens and discover what makes them perfect getaways.

The Cape Region, South Africa

The ideal time of year to visit this area is during the northern Hemisphere’s winter, the entire Cape Region of South Africa enjoys its summer season with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F) at this time. Expect warm, long and sunny days with evenings a pleasant temperature, perfect for outdoor activities and dining.

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The Winelands in South Africa, La Cle des Montagnes

For those who would like winter sun but are not really ‘beach people’ this is the ideal destination, with plenty of diverse activities on offer. These include highlights in Cape Town itself such as Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Away from Cape Town, the Winelands and famed Garden Route are also enjoying lovely weather and are ideal destinations. For those wishing to include some safari there are excellent options in the Eastern Cape.  

Accommodation options are as diverse as the landscapes and areas you could combine on a trip to this region. From intimate guesthouses to five star city hotels and luxurious safari camps, there is there is something for everyone.

East Africa

As a winter sun destination this is ideal, though not one that might immediately spring to mind. Typically East Africa receives the bulk of its rain during the so-called ‘short’ rains in November and ‘long’ rains in April and May, making the months of December to March an ideal time of year to travel. You can expect temperatures in the mid 20s to early 30s with the coast typically experiencing the warmer weather.

Winter Sun : Escape to Warmth
White Rhino in front of Mount Kenya at sunrise in Solio, Laikipia, Kenya

Kenya and Tanzania are ideal destinations for those wishing to combine time on safari with some relaxation on the beach, with the shores of the Indian Ocean easily accessible from the prime safari areas. In Tanzania the herds of the wildebeest migration will be calving on the southern plains of the Serengeti, bringing plenty of predators into the area. Other safari areas such as the northern Serengeti, Masai Mara etc, have excellent resident wildlife and with fewer visitors at this time of year, are well-worth taking in.

Those looking for something a little different will find Rwanda and Uganda are also ideal at this time of year. Track habituated mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, take game drives to see traditional safari wildlife, enjoy boat trips and much more besides. A trip here can also include time on the beaches of the Indian Ocean for some time to relax as well.

Winter Sun : Escape to Warmth
Kite surfing at Zanzibar White Sands

The beaches of Kenya’s coast and the island of Zanzibar, are all ideal destinations with a range of coastal activities on offer. In addition, the coastal towns of Lamu and Stone Town are well worth exploring.


An archetypal Indian Ocean destination, the Maldives is at its best in the European winter, making it a top choice for winter sun seekers. With temperatures throughout the year being relatively stable between 26°C to 31°C. The tropical nature of the islands means there is a chance of rain throughout the year, though the dry season, from November to April, offers the best conditions for beach activities, diving and snorkelling.

The crystal clear waters of The Maldives are a diver and snorkellers’ paradise. Vibrant coral reefs are rich in marine life including manta rays, turtles and whale sharks. The range of activities offered is extensive including any number of water based activities including surfing, sailing, kayaking etc. Land based activities can include tennis, gym, spas and wellness programmes.

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Relaxing at Baros Maldives

The iconic over-water villas are synonymous with the country. Villas on the beaches are perfect for those who like their toes in the sand when they walk out of their room. For the ultimate stay, combine time in each style of room, particularly if visiting several islands on a longer stay.


The Seychelles is a tropical paradise that offers something for everyone. The country enjoys warm tropical weather with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 30°C (75°F to 86°F). The period from December to March is the rainy season, but showers are typically brief and followed by sunshine.

Many people will choose to relax on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches such as Anse Source d’Argent and Anse Lazio. Away from the beaches you can explore underwater wonders through snorkelling or diving, hike through lush forests, or simply soak in the natural beauty of the country. Island hopping is rewarding; each island has a unique charm and character.  

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Pristine beaches at Alphonse Island, Seychelles

In a country as diverse as this, it’s not surprising to learn the accommodation options are as varied as the islands themselves. Smaller guesthouses, luxurious five star hotels and live-a-board boats, ideal for island hopping and divers, are all on offer. The outlying islands tend to only have one property, mirroring The Maldives with this.


Winter sun destinations like South Africa’s Cape Region, East Africa, the Maldives, and Seychelles offer a perfect escape from the cold. With warm climates, stunning landscapes, and diverse activities, these destinations promise unforgettable experiences and the perfect dose of winter sunshine. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or simply want to relax on a sandy beach in the sunshine, these destinations all offer an escape from the European winter.

Please do get in touch to discuss a holiday to get some winter sun, or for any other plans for a holiday to Africa or the Indian Ocean. Lucinda will be delighted to help.