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What to Wear in Gauteng – The Gauteng Packing List

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Gauteng has a distinctly drier climate than the coastal provinces. It does not suffer from humidity, thanks to its higher altitude. Summers are hot and sunny and winters are cool to cold; each season bringing with it its own appeal and magic.

Summer days average between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius in the epicentre of Gauteng, Johannesburg. Winters are chilly, with icy mornings that warm up to about 15 degrees at lunchtime. However, due to the mountainous topography, temperatures throughout Gauteng can differ quite dramatically. For example, Pretoria Accommodation, which is only a short drive from Johannesburg, averages three or four degrees warmer than the City of Gold.

The climate feature for which this area is best known is the massive electric storms that take place almost every afternoon of the summer. Bursting out of the hot air, everything is cooled and refreshed by the downpour, which is accompanied by an impressive display of Mother Nature’s power in the form of thunder and lightning. These usually do not last for very long and, when they are over, the air is crisp, clear and cooler. So, while refreshing, it is best for visitors to be prepared if they are to be outside in the afternoons.

Because of the particularly dry nature of the Gauteng province, visitors are urged to include plenty of moisturising cream, hair conditioner and a good quality lip balm in their gauteng packing list.

Gauteng Packing List

What to Pack:

Summer (December to March):

Summers are hot, dry and sunny; but have frequent electric storms in the afternoons, which cool the atmosphere. Pack clothing that is lightweight and cool, always keeping in mind that the sun in South Africa is strong and its rays harmful to exposed skin.

  • A wide-brimmed hat, high-factor sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Swimming gear
  • Shorts and skirts (4)
  • Light, strappy summer dresses
  • Long pants and long-sleeved tops made from a light cotton textile that is breathable so that your skin is not exposed to the sun (2, 6 &  7)
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (5) (remember that the Johannesburg malls are fantastic to browse too, so include a stylish pair)
  • An umbrella or very light raincoat for the surprise showers

Winter (June to August):

Winters can be very cold in Gauteng, with occasional snowfall. Mornings and evenings are, naturally, much colder than midday so opt for outfits that can be layered.

  • Heavy, warm pants and long-sleeved shirts
  • Warm jerseys or jackets made from fleece or wool
  • A hat, scarf and gloves
  • A raincoat
  • Warm boots and comfortable, waterproof walking shoes
  • An umbrella and raincoat

Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May):

In South Africa, spring and autumn tend to be very pleasant. Mornings in Gauteng remain chilly, but the days usually warm up to average temperatures in the early 20’s.

  • A pashmina (wrap) that can be tossed over the shoulders or knees, as need be
  • Jeans
  • Lightweight pants, skirts and dresses that can be worn with a long- or short-sleeved top
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes


Gauteng is the entertainment capital of South Africa and, as such, offers plenty in the way of things to do and see. So, be sure to bring along at least one outfit that is suitable for shows and / or smart restaurants. A jacket and tie is perfect for gents, while ladies may want to pack a black dress or equally chic outfit.

Planning your trip to Gauteng

We’ve selected a few pages that might be useful for planning your holiday to the Gauteng Province

Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.