Namibia

When to go to Namibia

Namibia is best visited from April/May to October. The seasons are the inverse of Europe, so Christmas is in the middle of the summer when it gets very hot. The European summer holidays in July and August take place during the Namibian winter and are an ideal time to visit.

Winter, from May to October, is the dry season with almost no rain. It will be cold at night and on early morning game drives but this is an excellent time to visit. The wet summer season, from December to March, can get very hot in the north around Etosha, with heavy rain at times. However, the coastal and desert areas such as Swakopmund and Sossusvlei are temperate all year round – with occasional mists and fogs rolling in off the ocean.

January

This is the rainy season. Although it rains far less in Namibia than in most countries in Africa, there is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms and it can be hot and humid away from the desert areas. Coastal areas around Swakopmund may be foggy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon and windy for most of the day.

February

This is the rainy season. It will be hot with the chance of afternoon thunderstorms particularly in the north. Coastal areas around Swakopmund may be foggy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon and windy for most of the day.

March

This is the rainy season. It will be hot with the chance of afternoon thunderstorms particularly in the north. Coastal areas around Swakopmund may be foggy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon and windy for most of the day.

April

This is the end of the rainy season. Generally the weather is excellent so this is a great time to visit. It will be hot and there may still be some lingering afternoon thunderstorms particularly in the north. Coastal areas around Swakopmund may be foggy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon and windy for most of the day.

May

This is the beginning of the cool, dry season. There will generally be good weather throughout the country with the usual foggy/sunny conditions on the coast. Wildlife viewing is made easier as the animals congregate around the waterholes. Nights will be cool. This is the optimum time to visit in terms of low visitor numbers.

June

This is the cool, dry season. There will generally be good weather throughout the country with the usual foggy/sunny conditions on the coast. Wildlife viewing is made easier as the animals congregate around the waterholes. Nights will be cool.

July

This is the cool, dry season. There will generally be good weather throughout the country with the usual foggy/sunny conditions on the coast. Wildlife viewing is made easier as the animals congregate around the waterholes. Nights will be cool. This is a very popular time to visit so both lodges and camps book up a long way in advance. Try to book early.

August

This is the cool, dry season. There will generally be good weather throughout the country with the usual foggy/sunny conditions on the coast. Wildlife viewing is made easier as the animals congregate around the waterholes. Nights will be cool. This is a very popular time to visit so both lodges and camps book up a long way in advance. Try to book early.

September

This is the cool, dry season. There will generally be good weather throughout the country with the usual foggy/sunny conditions on the coast. Wildlife viewing is made easier as the animals congregate around the waterholes. Nights will be cool.

October

This is towards the end of the cool, dry season. Generally good weather throughout the country although in the north there is the chance of rain and temperatures are also starting to rise. The usual foggy/sunny conditions on the coast. Wildlife viewing is made easier as the animals congregate around the waterholes. Cool nights in the south.

November

This is a month of change as the cool dry season ends and the wet season begins. If you are travelling during November you should expect a bit of everything, although the likelihood of rain increases as the month progresses.

December

Although this is the start of the rainy season there is often good weather throughout the country. In the north there is the chance of rain and temperatures are also starting to rise but showers are often short and sharp, in the late afternoon. There are the usual foggy/sunny conditions on the coast. The beginning of the month is the optimum time to visit in terms of low visitor numbers. However during the Christmas holiday period visitor numbers soar.

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