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The best time to visit Namibia is from July to October, when the temperatures are just above 20°C and the chance of rain is low. This is also the best time for wildlife viewing, making it peak travel season — you will need to plan well in advance.

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. However, it’s a predominantly dry country, where deep orange sand dunes contrast with cobalt skies.

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Namibia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Damaraland 81°F 2" 79°F 3" 79°F 3" 79°F 1" 75°F 0" 72°F 0" 70°F 0" 75°F 0" 79°F 0" 82°F 0" 82°F 1" 81°F 1"
Fish River Canyon 91°F 0" 91°F 0" 88°F 1" 84°F 0" 77°F 0" 73°F 0" 72°F 0" 75°F 0" 79°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 0" 91°F 0"
Mudumu & Nkasa Lupala National Park 88°F 5" 88°F 5" 88°F 3" 86°F 1" 82°F 0" 77°F 0" 79°F 0" 84°F 0" 91°F 0" 95°F 1" 91°F 2" 88°F 4"
Sossusvlei & Sesriem 77°F 0" 77°F 0" 77°F 1" 75°F 0" 72°F 0" 70°F 0" 68°F 0" 68°F 0" 70°F 0" 73°F 0" 75°F 0" 77°F 0"
Southern Kalahari 95°F 1" 93°F 2" 90°F 2" 84°F 1" 75°F 0" 70°F 0" 72°F 0" 75°F 0" 82°F 0" 88°F 0" 93°F 0" 95°F 1"
The Skeleton Coast 73°F 0" 75°F 0" 75°F 0" 73°F 0" 72°F 0" 70°F 0" 66°F 0" 64°F 0" 66°F 0" 68°F 0" 72°F 0" 72°F 0"
Windhoek 88°F 3" 84°F 4" 82°F 3" 81°F 1" 77°F 0" 72°F 0" 73°F 0" 79°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 0" 88°F 1" 90°F 1"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Namibia

White rhino seen from Ongava Tented Camp

Visiting Namibia in June

The nights are getting cold and temperatures can drop to below 10°C (50°F), while in the desert areas it can get to freezing. Daytime temperatures are pleasant however, with blue skies and temperatures in the mid-20°Cs (70°Cs).

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