When to travel to Namibia
When to Travel to Namibia
Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant. The high season in Namibia is from July to October with May and June falling into the shoulder season. The dramatic sand dunes at Sossusvlei can be visited at any time of year, but the dry May to October winter months are widely regarded as the best time for game viewing – especially in Etosha National Park. The skies are clear, the risk of malaria is at its lowest, and animals are increasingly concentrated around water sources as the dry season wears on.
June to August is fairly temperate during the day, but with cold nights – sometimes below freezing in the desert. As the landscape dries so the game in the north of the country gravitates more to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors. By September and October it warms up again; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there’s often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost its vibrancy.
April and especially May are often lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and much greenery in the landscape; at this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.
The summer rains between November and April turn the country green and occasionally bring floods to the desert. This is the best time for bird watching. Often the rain builds through humid days, to great electric storms in the late afternoon which are dramatic and beautiful in the desert.
November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but if you’re lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, you’ll never forget the drama
December is often unbearably hot, so probably better to avoid this time if possible.
February is one of the best times to witness the desert in bloom.