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Namibia is a predominantly dry country where deep orange sand dunes contrast with cobalt skies. The northern hemisphere summer is warm and sunny; albeit with cold nights, while during the winter Namibia is hot with the chance of spectacular thunderstorms. The peak travel season from July to October is very popular and needs planning well in advance.

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Namibia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Damaraland 27°C 54mm 26°C 64mm 26°C 81mm 26°C 25mm 24°C 3mm 22°C 0mm 21°C 0mm 24°C 0mm 26°C 2mm 28°C 10mm 28°C 20mm 27°C 17mm
Fish River Canyon 33°C 6mm 33°C 9mm 31°C 17mm 29°C 6mm 25°C 3mm 23°C 3mm 22°C 2mm 24°C 1mm 26°C 2mm 29°C 3mm 31°C 2mm 33°C 3mm
Mudumu & Nkasa Lupala National Park 31°C 130mm 31°C 127mm 31°C 73mm 30°C 22mm 28°C 2mm 25°C 1mm 26°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 33°C 3mm 35°C 22mm 33°C 53mm 31°C 109mm
Sossusvlei & Sesriem 25°C 6mm 25°C 8mm 25°C 13mm 24°C 4mm 22°C 2mm 21°C 3mm 20°C 1mm 20°C 1mm 21°C 1mm 23°C 1mm 24°C 2mm 25°C 1mm
Southern Kalahari 35°C 36mm 34°C 39mm 32°C 42mm 29°C 22mm 24°C 6mm 21°C 2mm 22°C 0mm 24°C 1mm 28°C 1mm 31°C 7mm 34°C 12mm 35°C 16mm
The Skeleton Coast 23°C 5mm 24°C 4mm 24°C 10mm 23°C 1mm 22°C 0mm 21°C 0mm 19°C 0mm 18°C 0mm 19°C 0mm 20°C 0mm 22°C 1mm 22°C 1mm
Windhoek 31°C 75mm 29°C 92mm 28°C 84mm 27°C 33mm 25°C 6mm 22°C 2mm 23°C 0mm 26°C 1mm 29°C 3mm 31°C 12mm 31°C 28mm 32°C 31mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Namibia

Flamingos near Sandwich Harbour

Visiting Namibia in January

This is mid-summer in Namibia. It tends to be hot and humid, with maximum temperatures hitting around 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F); reaching up to 40°C (104°F) in the desert. There may be torrential downpours in the afternoon, but not every day. Mornings are usually clear, with the rain falling in the late afternoon.

Events & Festivals

  • Birdwatching in the Caprivi Strip (November to February): The Caprivi Strip is at its best during the summer months, when there are fantastic birdwatching opportunities, with more than 450 species recorded in the area. Read more »
  • Flamingos gather in Swakopmund (November to February): The summer months are the best time to see a flamboyance of flamingos in Swakopmund, where they gather on lagoons in their thousands. Read more »

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