Best Time to Visit – Namibia

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.


Namibia can be visited throughout the year. The climate is generally dry and pleasant. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between December and March, some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localized, afternoon thunderstorms. Wildlife viewing in all parks, but especially in Etosha, is best in the Dry season from June to October. In the Wet season, animals move away from the waterholes and scatter around the park.

Best Time June to October (All parks)
High Season July to October (Will not feel too crowded, except for Etosha and the main access road in Namib-Naukluft)
Low Season December to April (All parks are very quiet)
Best Weather April and May (Moderate temperatures, little to no rainfall, green landscape)
Worst Weather November to February (Very hot)

May to October Dry Season – Winter

  • There is less vegetation and wildlife congregates around rivers and waterholes, making animals easier to spot – it is the best time to visit Etosha
  • There are no clouds, it's sunny, and there is virtually no rain
  • Even though most tourists visit during the Dry season, the parks still don't feel crowded, except for Etosha
  • It gets cold at night and in the mornings – it's advisable to pack warm winter clothing during June, July and August for the cold morning game drives

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • After the rains, the scenery is greener and the rates are lower, because it's low season
  • This is the time of the year you can see newborn animals – migratory birds are present, and birding is at its best
  • Rains are mostly short showers in the afternoon and rarely have a negative impact on your trip
  • It gets very hot from October to February
  • It's more difficult to spot animals – this is especially true for Etosha – for wildlife viewing, it's recommended to visit Etosha in the Dry season

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to go to Namibia by Major Park

If seeing wildlife is your main objective, the best time to visit all parks, especially Etosha, is in the Dry season from May to October. Namibia is a scenic country and can be visited throughout the year. The colors will be most vibrant during and after the Wet season. October to February can be unpleasantly hot.


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