Namibia: When to Go

Namibia is very much a year-round destination. Partially covered by the Namib, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally very dry and pleasant.

The cold Benguela current keeps the coast cool, damp and free of rain for most of the year. Inland, all the rain falls in summer (November to April). January and February are hot, when daytime temperatures in the interior can exceed 40ºC (104ºF), but nights are usually cool. Winter nights can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and quite nice.

Our favorite months in Namibia are April and May and then also September and October. May in particular is dry, landscapes are green and vibrant and the air is clear of dust, making for excellent photography. June to August offer improved game viewing as animals gravitate to rivers and waterholes and vegetation dies back, improving visibility. However this is winter and temperatures can be cold at night, even below freezing in some desert areas. By September and October temperatures are more pleasant and game-viewing is at its best, although by now the light is much harsher and the air dusty so these months aren’t as good for photography.

The rainy season starts in November, although very often the first rains may not fall until December. Whilst it may still be dry there is likely to be the constant build up of storm clouds…the first storms of the season can be incredibly dramatic and memorable.