Namibia is a dry, sub-tropical country with a landscape dominated by the Namib Desert. Although you can expect plenty of sunshine – some 300 days per year – and average temperatures in the mid-20°Cs, it can get very chilly at night and rain is common in certain months. Coastal areas are temperate year-round, and October is often the hottest month. Travel is rewarding throughout the year, so when to go will depend on what you want to see and do.
The wettest months are December, January and February, bringing rain and life to the dry landscape. This period is hot and humid, with temperatures rising to 40°C in the desert. Occasional heavy showers are expected, although usually only in the late afternoon. Whilst game viewing can be more challenging, the rainy season is an excellent time for birding.
By April the rains should have stopped, with daytime temperatures coming down to a pleasant 25°C. For keen walkers, the fresh, post-rain landscapes of April and May provide wonderful conditions for photography and tackling multi-day hikes in the Fish River Canyon. Namibia’s dry season runs from April to November. July and August are the coldest months, with night time temperatures, especially in the desert, capable of reaching freezing levels. The weather starts to get warmer by October, with temperatures rising to around 30°C in the day.
When it comes to game viewing, the latter half of the dry season is the most rewarding. Just before the rains start you’ll find wildlife gathered around remaining water sources in areas like Etosha National Park, allowing for great sightings. For those looking to see whales, head to Walvis Bay between July and November for a chance to spot southern right, minke and humpback whales off the coast.