Best Time to Visit – Skeleton Coast NP

Anthony Ham
Expert
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.

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Skeleton Coast can be visited throughout the year, but the ideal time is during the warmer months from October to March. These months see a little bit of rain, which keeps the skies clear. Mornings are not as foggy and it’s warmer at night than in the winter months. A downside of these months is that wildlife viewing in Etosha NP is a lot less productive, but this is only relevant if visiting both parks.

Best Time October to March (Warmer nights and less fog)
High Season July to October (The park gets busy and high season rates apply in the lodges)
Low Season November to June (Low season rates may apply)
Best Weather October to March (Warmer nights and less fog)
Worst Weather April to September (Cold nights and foggy mornings with strong winds)

May to October Dry Season – Winter

  • It usually stays cool in the middle of the day (October can be warmer)
  • There is virtually no rain
  • It gets a bit chilly in the early morning
  • It is often windy and misty
  • Animals tend to seek cover when there is a cold wind

November to April Wet Season – Summer

  • It doesn’t rain much and mornings are less foggy
  • This is the best time for birding as migrants are present
  • It can get hot in the middle of the day
  • If you also plan on visiting Etosha NP, wildlife viewing is more productive there from June to October

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to go to Namibia by Major Park

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    FebF
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    AprA
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    JunJ
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    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD
  • Skeleton Coast NP
    JanJ
    FebF
    MarM
    AprA
    MayM
    JunJ
    JulJ
    AugA
    SepS
    OctO
    NovN
    DecD

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