When is the best time to visit Namibia?

Read our advice on the best time to visit Namibia for a family safari holiday

Namibia is the envy of most safari countries

The best time to visit Namibia is from July to October, when temperatures are mild and the chance of rainfall is low. The winter months, from June to October are the best for game viewing and enjoying balmy days at 20-25°C with brisk nights. The wetter summer, from November to May, sees the landscape at its most picturesque as the rainfall brings lush vegetation to some parts and migrational birds arrive. However, it can be more difficult to spot game as more food is readily available and they aren't restricted to waterholes.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Best Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep,
Good Mar, Apr, May, Dec
Mixed Jan, Feb, Oct, Nov,
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June - October

Namibia at its best

The dry winter is primetime to visit Namibia, bringing with it warm, sunny days and clear skies.

With minimal rainfall, the landscape transforms into a striking tapestry of colors, and wildlife congregates around waterholes, offering optimal safari experiences.

The weather is mild and pleasant, with temperatures in their mid 20s during the day, but dropping at night so be sure to pack warmer clothes for brisk morning game drives.

The clear skies during this period also provide excellent conditions for stargazing, and the low humidity ensures families stay comfortable while visiting Namibia’s array of extraordinary landscapes.


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April, May and November

The Shoulder Season

The Shoulder Season in Namibia brings lower prices and fewer crowds, with some fantastic opportunities to see the landscape transition between the dry and wet seasons.

April and May are increasingly dry months, with a lovely freshness in the air. Some argue that these months see Namibia at its most beautiful, with miles of lush vegetation coating the landscape.

October is one of the best months for game-viewing as the long dry season means water levels are at their lowest. Although the temperature and humidity really start to peak at this time of year, making it potentially uncomfortable for the youngest and oldest travellers.

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December - March

The summer rains

The wet season transforms Namibia into a hot and humid expanse, with almost tropical rainfall occurring in some parts.

The best time to visit for twitchers as as many migratory birds arrive in Namibia, to escape the winter in the north. The Caprivi Strip in the northeast of Namibia attracts 450 different species of birds, whilst flamingos flock to Swakopmund’s lagoons in their thousands.

The green season is perfect for the budget conscious as lodges drop their prices and crowds stay away meaning greater booking flexibility.

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