When to Go to Namibia

Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park
Sossusvlei

Namibia by Season

Depending on what you’re looking to get out of your Namibia holiday, you can visit the country at any time of year. The most popular time to visit is the dry season, when the temperatures are manageable and game viewing is at its best, but even in the wet season safari is possible, there are plenty of birds, and the landscape comes alive with green. To help you choose when to travel, we’ve split Namibia’s year into two:

Rhino, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Dry Season

April to October

Temperatures drop again as April arrives, returning to an average of around 25°C and decreasing steadily to lows of 10°C in June, when it can often be freezing at night. The rains are over and the land starts to dry again, bringing the animals out of hiding and creating the ideal wildlife-watching conditions, which when partnered with the fine weather and pleasant temperatures, make this the peak time to travel.

Go for:

Wildlife watching: July to October is the best time to visit Etosha National Park if you’re hoping to spot a lion or two. Dry conditions force the thirsty animals to congregate around the waterholes in large numbers.

Hiking: Namibia is a great hiking destination, its beautiful landscapes filled with treks and walking opportunities. Dry season is the best time to try it, as daytime temperatures are lower.

Flamingo in Walvis Bay, Namibia
Wet Season

November to March

By November, it’s getting pretty hot, with temperatures pushing 30°C. December is hotter still, and the rains may arrive, turning the desert green and dispersing the wildlife. From January to March, rains are very likely, and temperatures hit 40°C, often accompanied by high humidity levels. Rains rarely last long though – usually only an hour or two in the afternoon – and are replaced with bright sunlight.

Go for:

Caprivi Strip: rains bring birds to Namibia, especially along the riverbanks of the Caprivi Strip, where over 450 species have been recorded amongst the lush greenery.

Flamingos: between November and February, get down to Walvis Bay near Swakopmund to see the resident flamingos congregating in their thousands on the lagoons. 

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