Namibia Desert

When is the Best Time to Visit Namibia?

Emily Opie, Africa Specialist Travel Designer
Written by
Jody van Merode, Emily Opie & Iain McConachie

The best time to visit Namibia is during the pleasant winter months of May to October where daytime desert temperatures stay close to 20°C (68F), conditions are dry and less vegetation means superb wildlife viewing conditions. However, with 300 sunny days a year Namibia is worth visiting all year round.

Although the summer months (November to to March) are much warmer and more humid, travel during this time and you’ll be rewarded with sightings of newborn animals, migratory birds, and desert flowers. The rain also brings out more vibrant colours, making it a great time for photography.

Since summer is the low season, you’ll also have the more popular spots all to yourself. It's worth mentioning, though, that Namibia is never crowded – in fact, it's one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet.

Whether you're on the lookout for wildlife, in search of the perfect landscape shot, or have your eyes on the skies as a keen birdwatcher, read on to find out the best time to visit Namibia.

Desert flowers
October - April
Rainy Season
November - March
Wildlife spotting
May - September
June - October

Best time to go on safari in Namibia

The best time to go on safari in Namibia is June to October. Dry weather means little vegetation and excellent viewing conditions. Less water means lions, rhino, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, springbok and many more, gather around watering holes creating impressive wildlife densities.

But if you’d like to avoid the crowds completely and don’t mind working a little harder to spot rare wildlife, visit between December and April. While animals tend to be more spread out, the rainy season offers some spectacular photo opportunities.

October - April

Best time to see desert flowers

With the first rains of spring the seemingly barren Namibian desert becomes blanketed in delicate flowers, transforming the sands into an exciting riot of oranges, pinks, yellows and blues. This is also the best time to look out for newborn animals and a variety of migratory birds.

October - April

Best time to see the Ethosha pan in flood

During the rainy summer months, the Etosha pan floods, making for gorgeous photo opportunities as the skies and clouds reflect off the ankle-deep water pan. While plentiful water means animals tend to spread out more (meaning safari sightings aren’t at their best), the country is still stunningly beautiful.

November - February

Best time to go birdwatching

The Caprivi Strip offers breathtaking birdwatching opportunities in the summer, with more than 450 species recorded in the area. Around the same time, you can also head to Swakopmund to see thousands of flamingos gathering on the lagoons – quite a sight to behold.

Whatever you want from your trip to Namibia, our team of expert travel designers are ready to help.