Best Time Of Year To Visit Namibia


If you are looking for a southeast African adventure, look no further than Namibia. Namibia is rich with wildlife and filled with parks with breathtaking landscapes, offering the best of both worlds.


There are two main seasons in Namibia- the wet and the dry season. What you want to see when you go to Namibia greatly determines the time of year you should visit. Should you come to this southeast safari in the wet or dry season?

Elephant In Etosha

Elephant In Etosha

Dry Season Winter


From May to October, the dry season in Namibia is considered the wintertime because the climate is slightly cooler during the early morning and late evening hours. If you live to see wildlife, then this is the right time for you to visit.


The days are sunny, with not a cloud in the sky; perfect for looking out long distances to observe exotic species right in front of you and far beyond.


The best weather in the dry season comes in the beginning, from May to July because the mornings and nights are not yet cold, but more mild weather that is only slightly cooler than peak daylight hours.


These months are peak tourist months, and yet the parks and safaris don’t feel too crowded and well… touristy.


If you are planning on coming to Namibia in the dry season you should bring:


  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Layered clothing: warm sweaters for the morning and night, short sleeves and tank tops for midday
  • Reusable water bottle


Wet Season Summer


From mid-October to April is the wet season, also known as summer due to the extremely warm weather that comes along with the rain. This time of year is known to be warm and humid and occasionally cloudy- with rain and thunderstorms being staples during the day.


Unlike the dry season, the wet season does not get cool in the early morning or late at night. So, if you don’t like cool weather then this is a great time for you to visit.


However, it is much more difficult to spot wildlife during the wet season – they don’t want to be out in the rain! But, if you are excited by bright and vibrant flora, then you will love the wet season when plants and trees and flowers are blooming to their very best.


If you are planning to visit Namibia during the wet season, then you should bring:


  • Umbrella
  • Poncho
  • Loose linen clothing; long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Waterproof phone case and wallet
Zebra In Etosha

Zebra In Etosha

Overall, there is no bad time to visit Namibia- the parks are never too crowded, and if the wildlife is hiding then the greenery is flourishing and vice-versa.


If you want to gaze at exotic wildlife while taking in bright greenery, then it is recommended that you visit Namibia from April to June while the weather is mild and the wildlife and greenery are present at the same time.


Check out our Namibia photo tour and see Africa in a new light. Check out the Cheetah Conservation Fund for more information about helping conserve wildlife in Namibia.