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When to travel to Namibia and Southern Africa?

Namibia offers a variety of faces throughout the year... There is no single best time to travel, as different seasons each bring different experiences.

We have compiled the guidelines below based on data and our experience. But we do not have a crystal ball! As global warming intensifies, the climate is more and more unpredictable, so the indications below are only indicative... Some years are very dry, while others are much rainier; the rains can start or end sooner or later than usual... Mother Nature is still unforeseeable!

In general, Namibia has a typical sub-tropical desert climate, characterized by large differences between daytime and nighttime temperatures, low rainfall, and low global humidity. Winter and summer periods contrast with those of Europe and North America and correspond to the dry and wet seasons.

January & February

These are among the hottest months, and also the most rainy months. At the animal level, elephants tend to migrate to the north, and the presence of water in the river beds can sometimes make excursions in search of the desert elephants impossible. However, this is the best period to encounter newborns, but because of the presence of scattered water, the animals do not have to go to the water points and are therefore more dispersed. The tall grasses make their visibility more difficult, but the luxuriant vegetation enables the capturing of beautiful landscape photos. The cloud-strewn sky also carries more depth in the pictures than during a monotonous blue sky. This is an ideal time for landscape photography! These are also the least frequented months, so ideal for travelers wishing to avoid the crowds.

March & April

We are approaching the end of the rainy season, nature is still green, and the animals that have migrated are coming back slowly but surely. At this time, the air is clear and largely free from dust.

 

May & June

It is the beginning of winter, and while May is more a transition from the warmer month to winter, it is usually dry and can get relatively cold. During the daytime, it is sunny and temperatures are pleasant, although the temperatures can sometimes go below 0°C at night. This is the best time to undertake hiking and trekking.

July & August

These are among the most visited months, because of the long school holidays in Europe. If large crowds are not your thing, we suggest you avoid visiting during this period. Availability of accommodation, vehicles as well as guides speaking foreign languages is more problematic; we therefore recommended that you book your stay far in advance. From the animals point of view, the water is drying up and the animals are starting to gather more and more at the waterholes, generally offering beautiful safaris.

September & October

At this period starts spring, and the bloom associated with it. Safaris are often excellent, although there is sometimes dust and the vegetation has lost its luster by drying out. Temperatures increase and are ideal in September during the day. The month of October is getting hotter, with sometimes some first storms at the end of the day. We enter the "small" rainy season.

November & December

The heat increases, and the change of scenery is assured for the travelers of the northern hemisphere, who start there to enter winter. We are right in the "small" rainy season, with more and more thunderstorms at the end of the day, which we appreciate because they cool the temperature down a bit.

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