å When to Visit Namibia
A guide to the seasons of Namibia and the best times to visit.
December to March
This is the low season in Namibia. Most of the parks are quiet and uncrowded and rates will also more favourable. Some days may be humid 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 do tend to wander off further but the plains game: zebra, springbok, oryx and so on are giving birth. 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
This is generally the best weather in Namibia with temperatures more moderate and little to no rainfall but probably when the country is 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. As Namibia is such a vast country (roughly 1.5 times the size of France), overcrowding is rare except for Etosha National Park and some other major tourist hotspots like Sossusvlei dunes.
September and October
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.
Anything can happen in November. 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 large 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.