When is a good time to travel to Namibia?

Namibia’s climate is generally dry so you can visit anytime through the year, but some months are better for viewing wildlife than others.

Game viewing is best in the dry or high season when the animals gather at the waterholes and visibility is better.  However, if you are wanting spectacular vibrant scenery and bird watching then the wet or low season is the best time to go.

Overall the best months to travel to Namibia would be from July to October.  The most challenging months would be November to February as it gets very hot.

Namibia’s Safari Seasons

HIGH (DRY) SEASON – July, August, September and October

Plus SymbolWarm and sunny weather with moderate temperaturesMinus SymbolNights are cold (particularly in June and July)
Plus SymbolSunshine and blue skiesMinus SymbolOctober is typically the hottest month of the year
Plus SymbolLower Malaria risk
Plus SymbolWater sources are lower and animals tend to gather around water holes

SHOULDER SEASON – April, May, June and November

Plus SymbolEnd of the wet seasonMinus SymbolGrass can be high which can impede the viewing of wildlife
Plus SymbolPleasant TemperaturesMinus SymbolNovember can be very hot
Plus SymbolStill chance to see animals around water holesMinus SymbolNights can be very cold in June.
Plus SymbolRutting season for some antelope

LOW (WET) SEASON – December, January, February and March

Plus Symbol February is an excellent time for bird watchingMinus SymbolHot and humid weather (November to March are the hottest months)
Plus SymbolHeavy but short downpoursMinus SymbolMore challenging to spot wildlife
Plus SymbolLocalised afternoon thunderstormsMinus SymbolMore mosquitoes about
Plus SymbolPossibility of seeing new born animalsMinus SymbolPeak wet months January and February

When to visit Namibia’s national parks and game reserves

It is true to say that there are national parks and game reserves in Botswana for every season and for every interest, making Botswana the ideal safari destination at any time of the year. The dry season draws the wildlife to congregate along the life giving waterways, and the rainy season attracts the herds to the lush new grass on the floodplains.

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