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When is the best time to visit Namibia?

30 July, 2019
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Sossusvlei

Namibia is a land of contrasts, where you can experience the Namib desert, Sossusvlei’s large red sand dunes, the blue waves of the Atlantic and the animals on the savannah in Etosha National Park.

But when is the best time to visit Namibia?

Below, we’ve compiled a guide to Namibia’s climate and weather year-round.

Note: The seasons may overlap and shift slightly from year to year, so this guide is a rough guideline only.

The climate in Namibia

Thunderstorm

Namibia is a magnificent country, and the climate means you can visit the country all year round.

Namibia is located south of the equator and has a largely subtropical climate. This means that the country is hot with relatively low humidity throughout the year. The country is also known to have 300 days of sunshine a year on average, making Namibia one of the sunniest countries in the world.

However, the climate in Namibia does vary a little, depending on where you are.

  • The capital Windhoek is located in the central highlands at just under 1,700 AMSL and therefore has more moderate temperatures and more rain than the desert areas surrounding the highlands, for example.
  • The desert areas (the Namib desert in the west and the Kalahari desert in the east) rarely experience rain, and temperatures can vary from very hot days to cold nights.
  • The climate along the Atlantic coast, where the town of Swakopmund is located, experiences special winds and currents bringing fog and sea mist with them. The wind and fog mean that it can sometimes feel cold.

The weather in Namibia – all year round

Wildlife by the water

Although Namibia is very dry and sunny, there are still two seasons – summer and winter. As the country lies south of the equator, the seasons are opposite the seasons in the UK.

Winter: May–September

Winter in Namibia is from May to September. The period is also referred to as Namibia’s dry season.

In the Namibian winter, it hardly rains at all. The country is therefore dry and temperatures are moderate. The period is popular with visitors, as temperatures are more comfortable, and you can generally expect sunshine and blue skies.

In July and August, it is really dry in the country after a long period without much rain. This is one of the best times of the year to go on safari as the animals largely gather around the few remaining waterholes, giving you a really good chance of spotting them on a game drive.

From September, the temperatures begin to rise again, and the very hot summer temperatures begin to make themselves felt.

Summer: October–April

In Namibia, summer is from October to April. The period is also referred to as Namibia’s rainy season.

The summer months in Namibia are the hottest of the year, not to mention those with most rain.

The temperatures start to rise from October, and it can get really hot! At the beginning of the period, it typically rains very little or not at all.

In November and December, more rain starts to fall, peaking from January to March, when there is most rainfall. However, it rarely rains very much, but you may experience days of mild rain. It is therefore more humid than in the other months of the year, and the rain sometimes causes thunderstorms.

The rain is incredibly important for Namibia’s otherwise arid landscape. When the rain falls, you will find that the countryside becomes greener and more lush.

In the rainy season, Namibia’s 5,000 km2 salt plains are filled with rainwater lakes, and many hundreds of bird species will stay here. In particular, you will be able to see the many flamingos, the European bee-eaters and the kori bustards.

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Namibia will always welcome you with sun and warmth, and you can be sure of enjoying unique experiences.

If you are still uncertain about when to leave, please contact our travel consultants who are on hand to help you.

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