December to March
- Low season in Namibia
- Most of the parks are quiet and uncrowded and rates are also more favourable
- Hot weather. May have some humid days with rain
- Usually clear mornings with isolated afternoon thunderstorms, especially in central and eastern areas
- January and February are great game viewing months even though it can be raining
- Elephants may tend to wander off but it's birthing season for the plains game: zebra, springbok, oryx and so on
- Predators are very active and some great sightings ensue
- It’s also the best time for birding with many migrant species present
April to May
- Generally the best weather in Namibia with temperatures more moderate and little to no rainfall
- The country is probably at its greenest
- With the higher moisture levels, it’s a good time to visit the drier desert areas
- Towards the end of May, animals once again seek out constant water sources and game viewing is great
June to August
- The dry season, also peak season, when parks are busiest and game viewing is at its best
- Nights can be chilly, even falling below freezing in some of the desert regions
- Days are bright and clear with mild temperatures
- As Namibia is such a vast country (roughly 1.5 times the size of France and bigger than Texas), overcrowding is rare except for tourist hotspots like Etosha National Park and Sossusvlei dunes
- It is best to book at least a year in advance to ensure availability
September and October
- It's starting to get warm again; nights are balmier and game viewing is usually excellent
- Daytime temperatures soar and animals can be seen throughout the day visiting the available water holes
- The desert areas are best visited before 11:00 or after 16:00 to avoid the heat of the day
- Some of the migrant birds return, awaiting the first rains
- Still peak tourism season - book a year in advance to ensure availability
- Anything can happen in November (and often does!)
- It may be hot and dry with daytime temperatures averaging in the mid-30 °C
- Sometimes, first rains of the season may fall, heralding an almost instant bursting into life of the desert-like surrounds
- The rainy season can extend up to March/April.
- Namibia is a good year-round destination with an average of 300 sunny days per annum
- The climate is generally dry and pleasant
- It’s a very arid country, only getting a fraction of the rainfall of its eastern neighbours
- Peak season is from June to October when it’s driest and animals are drawn to any available waterholes
- Many of the animals are adapted to desert conditions and require far less water, less frequently than their relatives in higher rainfall areas
- Namibia is a vast country with different climate zones and sometimes unexpected conditions: The Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz may be clouded over by fog for a few hours in the mornings, for example. The Caprivi Strip is sub-tropical and evergreen.
- A shortage of accommodation in the most popular areas during peak season makes it imperative to book in advance.
- Remember this is a rough guideline only. Every year is slightly different.
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