When To Go To 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 to go on 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 Time (°C) 302927262320212327293031
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 17171613976812141617
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 99891010101111101010
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121111111112131313
Number Rainy Days 131211631112367
Rainfall (mm) 7385853361113122534

Etosha

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 333130312826262933353435
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 1919181151076913171818
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 888910101011101099
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312121111111112131313
Number Rainy Days 14139422001378
Rainfall (mm) 9511379263100284356

Sossusvlei

NumberNRainyNDays Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp Day Time (°C) 302929272523232325262829
Min Temp Night Time (°C) 16161513108789111214
Hours of Sunshine Hrs 111010109991010101111
Hours of Daylight Hrs 131312111111111112131314
Number Rainy Days 233211111111
Rainfall (mm) 91115411011010

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