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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 or enjoy the 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.

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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 organizing a trip for many people or family members 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

The best time to see wildlife in Namibia's National parks is from June to September in the dry winter season between June and 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 if you want to see wildlife is Etosha National Park.

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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 possible in all 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.

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Best Time To Visit Skeleton Coast

The best time to visit Skeleton Coast is between 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 Canyon

The best time to visit Fish River Canyon is between 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.

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Best Time To Visit Windhoek

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.

Related article: 10 interesting places to visit in Windhoek

Best Time To Visit Sossusvlei

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Based on 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.

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

Due to the high temperatures during the day, you should be prepared to start your day very early so that you can enjoy the places for longer before the hot sun makes it uncomfortable.

Final Thoughts

Namibia is a dry place that can be visited 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 high and at times extremely low.

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

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