When to Go
May to October is dry season
With a climate dominated by two seasons – a long dry winter and short wet summer – when best to travel Namibia depends on your priorities.
The May to October dry season is generally seen as the best time to visit. You’ll enjoy the most comfortable weather – mild and dry from May to August (with very cold nights) and hot and dry September and October. It’s great for game viewing, especially around waterholes, and the risk of malaria is at its lowest.
The summer rains transform the Namibian landscape – arid plains turn green and once-dry rivers flow. Rain usually comes in the form of afternoon thundershowers but there are long sunny periods in between, and summer game viewing is often very rewarding. Many antelope give birth at this time of year, attracting the attentions of big cats, hyenas and wild dogs; migrant birds fill the air with song and flooded desert pans shine pink with flamingos.