When to Go?
Best Time to Visit Sossusvlei
With annual rainfall of little more than 50 mm (2 inches), Sossusvlei can be considered a year-round destination in terms of avoiding rain. Nearly all rain falls in the summer, usually in the form of thunderstorms from December through February. Low-lying areas between the dunes – the vleis – occasionally fill with water, making for magical imagery.
There’s very little rain for the rest of the year, and the dry winter coincides with the best time for safaris in Namibia and neighbouring Botswana. Temperatures are pleasant, getting progressively colder from May through August when you can expect night time and early morning temperatures at 0°C (32°F). September through November can be extremely hot and arid with temperatures over 40°C (104°F) at times.