Best Time to Visit – |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld TP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

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|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld is not a prime wildlife destination. Since it can get extremely hot during the summer months of October to April, the milder winter months of May to September are a much more preferable time to visit. If there is enough rain, the spring flowers will be in bloom from August to September.

Best Time August to September (Spring flowers)
High Season July to November (Only the Namibia side gets busy at the Fish River Canyon viewpoint; the rest of the park is rarely crowded)
Low Season December to June (Most of the park is rarely visited throughout the year, except the Fish River Canyon)
Best Weather May to September (Less hot during the day)
Worst Weather November to February (Very hot)

May to September Winter

  • Comfortable weather
  • August and September might bring spring flowers
  • You need warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings
  • It is high season on the Namibia side, and the Fish River Canyon viewpoint can get busy

October to April Summer

  • The presence of migrant birds makes for prime birding conditions
  • It is warmer in the night and early morning
  • The weather is very hot in the middle of the day

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