Best time to visit Namibia. When to visit Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Etosha & more.

Namibia is one of the most unique African countries when it comes to the unique landscapes in the country. Whether you want to see the African wildlife, enjoy th endless views of the oldest desert or the strange skeleton coast, Namibia is quite simply unlike any other country on the African continent.

Like all countries covered by huge desert areas, it is crucial to visit Namibia at an appropriate time of the season. Depending on your priority, visiting at the appropriate time will make your experience great and worthwhile.

Best time to visit Namibia

Generally, the best time to visit Namibia is during the winter months between June and September. Unlike winters in Europe or North America, the Namibian winter has no rain and no cloud cover at all.

The dry winter makes seeing wildlife very easy since all the animals congregate near established water sources. This coincides with the global peak travel summer season, which makes organising easier.

Daytime temperatures are most comfortable and range between 20 and 30 degrees Celcius, depending on altitude. Nighttime temperatures drop to below 10 degrees, and at times below 0 (zero) degrees Celcius.

Best for wildlife viewing

Animals in Etosha national park

The best time to see wildlife in Namibia's National parks is during the dry winter season from June to September. This is when the wild animals will congregate around permanent water sources.

You will be able to easily find and see lots of animals, from elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions and more as well as hundreds of birds. The best place to go f you want to see wildlife is Etosha National Park.

Best time to visit Namibia on a budget

If you are trying to stick to a budget or would rather get extra trip time, the best time for you to travel from December to March is the best time.

This is the low season and the rates are often discounted due to the low number of tourists. The temperatures are high and some humid days are to be expected.

This happens to also be the birthing season for many animals and while the animals won't be crowded around a single source of water, you still get wonderful experiences of the wild.

Best time for Nature Photography

While photography is actually possible in all the seasons, Namibia's wild areas are at their most vibrant in the Months of April and May.

This is when the rain has stopped or is minimal and the country is at its greenest. The weather is great for visiting the drier parts of the desert which would soon be empty and dry.

Best time to visit Skeleton Coast

rusty ship wrecked at skeleton coast

The best time to visit Skeleton Coast is between the months of November and April. This is when the temperatures are slightly more comfortable.

The skeleton coast receives very little rain and while it could be an inconvenience, it is easier to deal with than temperatures of below 20 degrees Celcius.

Best time to visit Fish River Cnayon

Fish River Canyon Namibia

The best time to visit Fish River Canyon is between the months of June and August. This is when the temperatures are low for the main activity of the Canyon, hiking.

The temperatures in all the other months are quite high and you could easily feel uncomfortable hiking for extended periods

Best time to visit Windhoek

Windhoek Nambia

The best time to visit Windhoek is between May and August. The temperatures are lower and there is little to no chance of rainfall, allowing you to explore the city on foot.

Best time to visit Sossusvlei

On the basis of temperatures, Sossusvlei has comfortable temperatures all year round and little to moderate rainfall. Only January, February and March receive average rain of more than 4mm per month.

Sossusvlei big daddy dune

If you are planning a trip to Namibia, you shouldn't worry much about Sossusvlei's seasons because the variation is really small and the little rain will probably not be a hindrance.

Final thoughts

Namibia is a dry place that can really be visited at at any time of the year without so much interruption in terms of rain. The major factor to consider is temperatures, since as with most deserts, the temperatures can be really high and at times extremely low.

Depending on what you plan on doing in Namibia, we hope this article provided an important resource to inform your decision and schedule.

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