When is the best safari season to visit Namibia?

When is the best safari season to visit Namibia?

With 300 days of sunshine on average per year, Namibia is considered a year-round travel destination!

Winter & the Dry Season in Namibia

Average temperatures in winter (May to September) are 18 – 25°C (64 – 77°F). The days are cooler and drier while night temperatures can be very cold, often dropping to below freezing in some desert areas. The winter season in Namibia is considered one of the best times to visit as the sun is still shining but temperatures are slightly cooler and more comfortable, especially in the warm heart and desert areas of the country. It is also an excellent time for wildlife viewing! Due to the dry season, wildlife will gather around communal water sources, increasing travellers chances of fantastic game sightings! Etosha National Park is great for game viewing during the dry season making it a popular safari destination at this time of year.

Summer & the Rainy Season in Namibia

The summer months (December to March) can be incredibly hot, reaching temperatures of around 35 – 40° C (95 – 104°F). November to April is Namibia’s rainy season and you can expect hot, humid days with rainfall usually taking place in the afternoons. Temperatures along the coast are cooled by the Benguela Current and are comfortable all year round.

Most of the countryside is totally unrecognizable after the rains, which fall mostly from February to March. The Namibian landscapes transform! Much of the scenery becomes green and blooms full of unusual flowering plants. During this time, birding is at its best as this is when you may spot newborn animals and migratory birds. 

The Best Time to Visit Namibia for a Wildlife Safari

While you can visit Namibia year-round for a variety of activities, overall the best time to visit for a wildlife safari is during the dry season between July and October. The weather is pleasant (still on the warm side during the day yet it can be freezing at night in the desert!) and wildlife is much easier to spot in the national parks.

To Note Before You Visit Namibia

Namibia is a dry country so sun protection is incredibly important! Make sure you pack lip balm, a scarf/sarong, a good hat and sunscreen to make sure your travel to Namibia is comfortable and hassle-free.

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