The semi-desert climate of the Northern Cape favours scorching summers and mild winters, but be prepared as the temperatures drop considerably at night in all seasons.
Summer is the rainy season with afternoon thunderstorms pouring down torrential buckets of water on the desert landscape. Temperatures can rise to as high 34° to 40°C in some parts so make sure to pack hats and sun lotion.
Winters are dry. Daytime temperatures are still rather warm but at night the temperature can drop to as low a -6°C in some part of the Northern Cape.
Make sure to fill up before long journeys. Towns are far apart in the Northern Cape and it may be some time before you come across another filling station.
Also remember to take along lots of water – especially during the summer. The long road can become very hot during the day putting travellers at risk of dehydration.