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When is the best time to visit Namibia?

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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The best time to visit Namibia is during September as it's warm and sunny with blue skies and not too cold at night. There are limited water sources so the game gathers around the waterholes, making for great game viewing.

Georgie, Botswana & Namibia Specialist

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"
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"
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"
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

Leopard on the Okonjima Reserve

Visiting Namibia in November

The heat continues to rise by November and it will be very hot; although humidity is still low. On average, daytime temperatures are above 30°C (86°F). Clouds start to build in the afternoon, bringing a chance of rain.

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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