When is the best time to visit Namibia

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In general, the best time to travel to Namibia is during the dry season, which goes from the months of April to November.  From December to March, during the rainy season, although it is the low tourist  season, it’s best not to visit the country since you won’t be able to enjoy its magnificent landscapes.

When to travel to Namibia

Within the dry season which, as we said, is the best time to travel to Namibia, there are two different sections.  It you visit the country from April to June, you will find the perfect weather, with an average of 25 degrees.  This will allow you to enjoy safaris, go hiking, do sports, and visit the country in total comfort as there aren’t too many tourists.

On the other hand, from June to October, although the temperature is also pleasant, it is the time when most holiday makers visit the country.  If you want to avoid overcrowding in the national parks, rule out these months.

November, however, would be the perfect month to visit Namibia since, although temperatures exceed 30ºC, there isn’t much rain and there aren’t many tourists.  Of all of the months, it could be said that November is the best time to travel to Namibia.

Let’s look at when to travel to Namibia depending on the type of holiday you are looking for and the areas you want to visit.

Best time to go on safari in Namibia

best time to visit Namibia

If you want to go on safari in the Ethosa National Park, choose the months from April to November.  You will enjoy magnificent temperatures and you will be able to see wild animals in all of their splendour.  Another option for a good safari is the Khaudum National Park or the Skeleton Coast, in the latter you won’t see animals, but it is an adventure you won’t want to miss.

Best time for adventure sports in Namibia

For lovers of adventure sports, Namibia offers never ending possibilities, in fact, the country is a tourist destination par excellence for this type of sports.  The dry season continues to be the best time to travel to Namibia and take part in extreme sports.

There are hundreds of options, from sand boarding, quad biking, flying over the entire coast by helicopter, or parachute jumping.  One of the preferred areas for these adventure sports is Swakopmund.

Best time to go hiking in Namibia

best time to hiking in Namibia

Namibia is the perfect destination for those who love hiking, as there are some incredibly beautiful places to discover by foot.  The Naukluft mountains, the Waterberg plateau, or the Fish River Canyon are places chosen by lovers of this sport.

The dry season is also the ideal time to enjoy all of the scenery that Namibia can offer hikers.

Best time to visit the national parks

The best time to travel to Namibia and visit its national parks is from April to November, which is when you will have the best weather.  The most visited is Namib-Naukluft National Park, which is home to natural treasures such as Deadvlei, or the Sesriem Canyon, very close to the latter.

Another national park which is perfect for letting yourself be astonished by the beautiful landscape of this country is the Ethosa National Park.  From there you can visit the Caprivi strip where you can see lots of animals in freedom.

When to travel to Namibia to get the best weather

The climate in Namibia, in general, is hot, so much so that summer temperatures can reach  40ºC in dessert areas.  In contrast to the heat, there can be torrential rain during the afternoon, this is in the rainy season which goes from December to March, the Namibian summer.

In the winter, which is when it is the dry season, average temperatures range between 20ºC and 28ºC. For this reason, they are the best months to visit the main attractions of the country.  Indeed, although the temperature is pleasant, it gets cooler in the evenings, even more so if you are in a 4×4 in the middle of the dessert.

In conclusion, the best time to travel to Namibia and enjoy the good weather is during the dry season.  Now, the tourist season? Now we will look at which are the months of the tourist season.

Tourist season in Namibia

when is the best time to travel to Namibia

Before planning your journey, it is worth bearing in mind how the tourist season in Namibia is distributed.  Firstly, you should know that, if you travel in June, July and August, you will be in the middle of the high season.  The hotels will be fuller, and the prices will be higher, as well as it being more difficult to book excursions and enjoy the landscape in peace.

The mid-season, however, is in April, May, September and October, the temperatures are a bit higher, and there is some rain, but it is ideal for discovering Namibia.  You can find the best prices and visit the country with less overcrowding of tourists.

Finally, the low tourist season is from November to April which is the rainy season.  Of course it is the cheapest time to visit Namibia, and it is also the one chosen by fans of bird watching.  It must be noted that November is a perfect month, since it falls in the low season, but there isn’t too much rain yet.

With this information, now you can begin to plan your trip to Namibia, a country that you will no doubt love.