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
|Warm and sunny weather with moderate temperatures||Nights are cold (particularly in June and July)|
|Sunshine and blue skies||October is typically the hottest month of the year|
|Lower Malaria risk|
|Water sources are lower and animals tend to gather around water holes|
SHOULDER SEASON – April, May, June and November
|End of the wet season||Grass can be high which can impede the viewing of wildlife|
|Pleasant Temperatures||November can be very hot|
|Still chance to see animals around water holes||Nights can be very cold in June.|
|Rutting season for some antelope|
LOW (WET) SEASON – December, January, February and March
|February is an excellent time for bird watching||Hot and humid weather (November to March are the hottest months)|
|Heavy but short downpours||More challenging to spot wildlife|
|Localised afternoon thunderstorms||More mosquitoes about|
|Possibility of seeing new born animals||Peak 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.
|Etosha National Park|