Best Time To Visit Namibia

Although there is a great variety of landscapes in Namibia, in comparison to many other African countries, Namibia is never especially wet as it is mostly desert. It has two main seasons, the dry season (May to October) and a rainy season (November to April). It is however, an arid country and during the rainy season it only receives a fraction of the rainfall than its neighbours. 

The Best Time to Visit Namibia


Although most of Namibia is desert, its southerly location and elevation above sea level creates a pleasant climate. The best time to visit Namibia is during the winter months, which is the British summer (May to October). During this season the weather is not too hot and there is little chance of rain. The nights can become cold with even a touch of frost but during the day, the sun shines brightly and warm temperature envelope all. The rainy season usually starts in mid-November.

The summer months (British winter, November to April), can be very hot and humid and there is a reasonable chance of rain. Namibia has one rainy season which begins in mid-November and runs through to mid-March. This is the time of year when vegetation is greenest and the migratory birds return. It is also a great time to see new-born animals. 

The Best Time for Safari in Namibia


Although busier with visitors, the months June, July and August provide the best opportunities to view game. The lack of rainfall in these months result in lower and thinner vegetation. Water is therefore only found in concentrated areas which attracts congregations of animals in their dozens. This provides excellent opportunities for multiple species interaction and sightings. During the rainy season, the white sandy desert is transformed into a lawn of greenery. The vegetation becomes thicker and more dense whilst water is more accessible to the animals, this results in them becoming widespread and harder to find. 

Namibia

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in Namibia

302927262320212327293031

Min Temp Night in Namibia

17171613976812141617

Hours of Sunshine in Namibia

99891010101111101010

Hours of Daylight in Namibia

131312121111111112131313

Number Rainy Days in Namibia

131211631112367

Rainfall in Namibia

7385853361113122534

Etosha

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in Etosha

333130312826262933353435

Min Temp Night in Etosha

1919181151076913171818

Hours of Sunshine in Etosha

888910101011101099

Hours of Daylight in Etosha

131312121111111112131313

Number Rainy Days in Etosha

14139422001378

Rainfall in Etosha

9511379263100284356

Sossusvlei

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Max Temp Day in Sossusvlei

302929272523232325262829

Min Temp Night in Sossusvlei

16161513108789111214

Hours of Sunshine in Sossusvlei

111010109991010101111

Hours of Daylight in Sossusvlei

131312111111111112131314

Number Rainy Days in Sossusvlei

233211111111

Rainfall in Sossusvlei

91115411011010

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