Himba woman, Namibia

When to go to Namibia

Namibia has over 300 days of sunshine a year, though temperatures and rainfall vary greatly according to season and region. In the central Namib Desert daytime summer temperatures can top 40°C but can fall below freezing at night. The northeast of the country has a subtropical climate and has the heaviest rainfall. The northern and interior areas have a short rainy season from October to December and experience the main rains from January to April. Weather and climate on the coast are dominated by the Bengeula current of the Atlantic Ocean, which leads to less rain and lower temperatures than the rest of the country.

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Springboks in Etosha, Namibia © MGallet,Shutterstock

Namibia's seasons

Rainstorm in Damaraland, Namibia © circumnativation,Shutterstock

Summer in Namibia (November to January)

Daytime temperatures in December and January (the hottest months) reaching 40°c and higher.
If self-driving, take care when crossing riverbeds at this time of year as rains can cause flash floods.
Temperatures are cooler on the coast.

Popa Falls, Caprivi, Namibia © Artush,Shutterstock

Autumn in Namibia (February to April)

Slightly cooler and there is still the chance of rain, especially in inland regions.
The weeks after the March rains are good for bird watching.

Gemsbok in Namibia © Shutterstock

Winter in Namibia (May to September)

Days are warm but nights are cold.
Temperatures can often be as low as freezing at dawn and you'll need warm clothes.
May and June are good months for wildlife viewing, as the bush is sparser and the dry weather encourages animals to gather at waterholes.
On the coast the weather is cool and often foggy from late afternoon to early morning.

Cape Cross seals, Namibia © CNeto,Shutterstock

Spring in Namibia (September to October)

Trees and plants come into leaf and the days are much warmer.
Mornings and evenings can still be cool.
In October there are often warm, sunny days with mild evenings.

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