Namibia is pretty much a year-round destination, with less accentuated weather patterns than other Southern African countries. Days are sunny and the climate is dry and sub-tropical. Although the coastal regions are an exception to this rule, as the Benguela Current, which runs along the Skeleton Coast, often shrouds the towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Luderitz in a thick mist.
No matter the time of year you visit Namibia, there are always different adventures and charms, and each season offers its own unique experiences and benefits.
(December to May)
Summer truly sets in around December and in some places, the temperatures can sore to 50°c, however, this is often tempered by the mid-afternoon thunderstorms that can sweep the country. While game viewing isn’t as prolific in these months, as animals tend to scatter with more available water sources, the rain brings with it new life to the landscape and the wildlife. It’s a beautiful time to watch many antelope species give birth to young and the Namib Desert turn into green grass and beautiful blossoms. It is a favourite time for birders to watch thousands of birds like flamingos and pelicans that arrive at the flooded Etosha Pan.
The dry season starts in June and runs until November when the first rains will arrive. This is the best time to visit Namibia, as the temperatures aren’t so severe and most days are clear, sunny and mild. Although, keep in mind that fluctuation levels between day and night are extreme, especially in the desert where temperatures can fall to below freezing. The dry season is undoubtedly the best time to visit with regards to wildlife sightings. Hundreds of species of wildlife gather around waterholes in the Etosha National Park and the other perennial rivers and water sources in the country. In October, animal concentrations are at their highest, but temperatures will start to rise incredibly and the sun starts to get to its hottest this time of year.