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Best time to visit Namibia

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By and large Namibia is a year-round destination, with each month having its own merits and challenges when it comes to planning trips and travelling there. Below gives you a guide as to the various seasons in Namibia to help you plan when to go.

December to March – Green summers: As the summer rains arrive in Namibia locals rejoice (can you imagine such a reaction in Britain!) and the dry, dusty desert plains turn a lush green, birds drink from the standing water and flowers bloom in the heart of the deserts. That said, the rain tends to be sporadic, so visitors who can cope with the heat of summer in the desert benefit from amazing landscapes, great wildlife viewing and lower visitor numbers. Roads remain in good condition, although additional time should be allowed for journeys in the immediate aftermath of downpours. A great value-for-money time to travel as well, with many lodges offering free nights to encourage visitors. Some activities, most notably walking trails in the Fish River Canyon, can be limited at this time of year, so anyone with a specific interest in walking should consider another time of year.

April and May – Beautiful autumns: As the summer rains subside, their legacy remains in the tinge of green that covers the deserts, wildlife remains easy to spot and the birding remains strong. Daytime temperatures are very pleasant for exploring, although it can be somewhat cooler in the early mornings and late evenings, so ensure that you pack accordingly.

June to September – The joy of winter: The cool of winter is regarded as the perfect time to visit Namibia, with clear skies, dry and cool weather, which is perfect for exploring. Keen hikers flock to Namibia at this time of year to tackle its fabulous range of hiking trails, especially those in the spectacular Fish River Canyon which are off-limits for much of the year owing to the heat. It can be cold at the start and end of the day, so a good jacket is very welcome, especially when on safari or visiting Sossusvlei.

October and November – Spring days: An increasingly popular time of year to visit Namibia, days heat up rapidly and there can be some scattered rain showers, although these are isolated and seldom last for more than an hour or so. The game viewing is excellent and many visitors choose to head east into the Caprivi Strip to catch the end of the prime game viewing season there. Hiking in the south becomes scaled back, but there are still opportunities to enjoy walks along the canyon rim for sundowner drinks.

When to go to Namibia

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January

Bring your umbrella, it's rainy season. January is mid-summer in Namibia with the possibility of torrential downpours mid afternoon, but with temperatures of 30-35 degrees it tends to be hot and humid.

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February

Similar to January, it is hot and humid with the chance of a downpour in the afternoon.

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March

In March, rainfall starts to decrease and temperatures lower with nights becoming increasingly cool. Although daytime temperatures remain hot reaching up to 30 degrees.

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April

April is predominantly dry and hot, although there can be a couple of sporadic rainy days across the month

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May

Winter is coming. May has little or no rainfall and the humidity is low, in northern regions around Etosha you'll find fresher, greener landscapes with wildlife gathering around depleting watering holes.

  • If you're looking to tackle the Fish River Canyon Hike this is the best time to visit Namibia.
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June

In June the nights are cold and temperatures can drop below 10 degrees, whilst in the Namib desert it can reach below freezing. There is no chance of rain as the dry season is in full flow.

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July

Visitors in July will experience one of Namibia's coldest months, be sure to pack warm clothing as game drives can be chilly.

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August

Like July, visitors in August will experience one of Namibia's coldest months, be sure to pack warm clothing as game drives can be chilly and night time temperatures can drop below freezing both at the coast and inland.

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September

Considered the best month to travel to Namibia, September is temperate with clear dry skies and low humidity levels.

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October

In October game viewing is at its best, the vegetation is fading with temperatures rising up to 29 degrees.

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November

Heat continues to rise, with humidity levels remaining low, however there is a chance of rain in the afternoons.

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December

December brings the first rains of the season, bringing everything to life as animals start to disperse as more water becomes available.

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