Best Time to Visit Namibia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Namibia. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Windhoek, Walvis Bay und Etosha National Park. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Namibia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 6 °C to 35 °C
Waves Symbol 12 °C to 17 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 04.33 in (0 – 9 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 15.3 °C (Walvis Bay) and 22.4 °C (Etosha National Park)
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Geographical location

Namibia is located in southern Africa and borders the neighbouring countries Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Angola. There is also a natural border to the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast.

Namibia, whose name derives from the famous Namib Desert, was a German protected area since 1884 and became the most important German colony in Africa. After the First World War, Namibia was placed under a protective mandate by South Africa in 1920 and did not become independent until 1990. The two regions Walvis Bay and Penguin Islands followed four years later.

Even today, the German influence can still be felt in many areas. The largest city in Namibia is the capital Windhoek with around 325,000 inhabitants in the centre of the country. Through the extensive Namib Desert Namibia is with about 2.1 million inhabitants on over 512000 miles² (more than twice as large as Germany) only very sparsely populated.

The country is full of contrasts, not only ethnically and culturally, but also in terms of landscape. Between the two deserts, the Namib in the west and the Kalahari in the east, stretches the highlands of Namibia. In the area of the capital, the altitude level is between 1625 and 2000 metres. The highest elevation is the Königstein in the Brandberg massif at around 2600 metres.

Climate in Namibia

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' As diverse as the landscape in Namibia is, so different is the climate in the individual regions of the country. Basically, however, we would like to describe the climate as arid and subtropical-continental. It is mainly dry and very hot especially in the African summer (October to March). During this period, the central highlands – with the exception of the south – are dominated by the so-called summer rain.

The Namib Desert is influenced by quite constant, warm winds all year round and experiences very little precipitation. Day temperatures in summer are permanently above 30 °C, while it can get quite cold at night. The Kalahari is a little more rainy than the Namib, but remains very dry overall.

On the coast, the climate in Namibia is dominated by the so-called Benguela Current, a cold ocean current from the Antarctic. Our climate table for Walvis Bay / Swakopmund makes this phenomenon very clear: even the midsummer remains pleasantly cool, while the temperatures continue to fall in winter. The water temperatures are also in the refreshing range of 14 °C to 16 °C.

Best Time to Visit Namibia: Overview

JanuaryJan
Midsummer Midsummer
very hot, rather wet, more pleasant at the coast very hot especially in deserts, locally rainfalls, pleasant at coast
FebruaryFeb
Midsummer Midsummer
very hot, rather wet, more pleasant at the coast very hot especially in deserts, locally rainfalls, pleasant at coast
MarchMar
Late SummerLate Summer
End of Rainy Season, weather more pleasant, but still hot.End of Rainy Season, still hot, but better
AprilApr
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Perfect climate in Namibia, best for photography (clear air, green)Perf. climate in Namibia, perfect for photography
MayMay
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Perfect climate in Namibia, best for photography (clear air, green)Perf. climate in Namibia, perfect for photography
JuneJun
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but beginning of winter with lower temperatures, good for Safari Beginning of Winter, considerably fresher, good for Safari
JulyJul
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but winter with lower temperatures, perfect for Safari Winter, fresh, perfect for Safari
AugustAug
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dry winter with lower temperatures, perfect for Safari Winter, dry and cool, perfect for Safari
SeptemberSep
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Temperatures rising, perfect for Safari getting warmer, perfect for Safari
OctoberOct
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considerably warmer, but sparse. Still perfect for Safariconsiderably warmer, but sparse. perfect for Safari
NovemberNov
Start of SummerBeginning of Summer
increasingly hot and start of rainhot and beginning of rain
DecemberDec
Midsummer Midsummer
very hot, rather wet, more pleasant at the coast very hot especially in deserts, locally rainfalls, pleasant at coast

When to travel to Namibia?


Basically Namibia can be visited all year round. However, we recommend the period of the African winter between April and the end of October as the best travel season in Namibia. The temperatures are now pleasant, the precipitation is very low and consequently the vegetation is not as pronounced as in summer. What sounds negative at first glance, however, has many advantages:

During the dry season, especially on safaris, the animals gather at the few remaining waterholes and make fantastic wildlife observations possible. Due to the decline in vegetation, the possibilities for hiding are now much smaller, so that even rare animal species can be easily discovered. The months of September and October before the rainy season begins are particularly ideal.

Determining the best time to travel in Namibia is a luxury problem, however, as every month has its own special charm.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Namibia) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
WindhoekApril, May, June, July, August, September, and October
Walvis BayJanuary, February, March, April, October, November, and December
Etosha National ParkApril, May, June, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts Namibia

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Windhoek

Climate Chart Windhoek
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Walvis Bay

Climate Chart Walvis Bay
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Etosha National Park

Climate Chart Etosha National Park
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Namibia

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Namibia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Windhoek (Namibia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature30°29°27°26°23°20°21°23°27°29°30°31°
Night Temperature17°17°15°13°12°15°16°17°
Precipitation (inch)3.073.033.111.50.280.040.040.040.120.431.061.65
Rainy days898410000245
Hours of Sunshine98891010101010101010
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Windhoek is 19.4 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: December (23.8 °C)
Coldest month: June (13.4 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 14.37 inch on 41 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Windhoek.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 10.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.5 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Walvis Bay (Namibia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature20°21°20°18°18°20°18°16°16°16°18°19°
Night Temperature15°16°15°13°11°11°10°11°13°14°
Water Temperature15°16°17°16°15°14°14°13°12°13°14°15°
Precipitation (inch)0.080.080.240.0400.0400000.040
Hours of Sunshine777888876776
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Walvis Bay is 15.3 °C.

Warmest month: February (18.5 °C)
Coldest month: August (12.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Walvis Bay is 17 °C. Comfortable bathing is possible at water temperatures of about 21 °C.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
March

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 0.51 inch

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Walvis Bay.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, April is the sunniest month with an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Etosha National Park (Namibia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature34°32°31°31°28°26°26°29°33°35°35°35°
Night Temperature19°18°17°15°10°13°16°18°18°
Precipitation (inch)2.84.332.641.340.120.12000.040.161.061.54
Rainy days897421001134
Hours of Sunshine989101010111110101010
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Etosha National Park is 22.4 °C.

Warmest month: December (26.7 °C)
Coldest month: July (15.9 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 14.13 inch on 40 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Etosha National Park.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.8 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights and Highlights


One of Namibia’s most popular game reserves is Etosha National Park, the dunes of Sossusvlei and of course the Namib are particularly impressive. Other highlights of a Namibia trip are the remote Kaokoveld, the red desert of the Kalahari and the Waterberg Plateau Park.

The gigantic Fish River Canyon, the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Lüderitz and the seal reserve at Cape Cross are just as much a must. Round trips through Namibia usually also include Damaraland, where you will admire the rock paintings from the Stone Age and the rock formation of the organ pipes. Combined trips with the neighbouring country Botswana are extremely popular.

More information about the best things to do: Namibia

Popular Activities

More attractions

Windhoek: 5-Hour “Nam Flava” Tour in a VW Bus | Self-Drive Namib Desert Adventure to Sandwich Bay | Walvis Bay: Pelican Point Kayaking Tour | From Walvis Bay: Half-Day Eco-Friendly Kayak Tour | Walvis Bay: Mondesa Township Bike Tour & Cooking Experience | Walvis Bay: 4-Hour Namib Desert and Dunes Photography Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Windhoek
light rain     light rain, 24.4 °C
Clouds: 92 %       Wind: 9 mph O
Air Pressure: 1019 hPa       Humidity: 60 %
0.04 in of rain (last 3 hours)
Last updated: 25th Feb 2020, 04:14 pm
The next days …
26th Feb 202027th Feb 202028th Feb 202029th Feb 20201st Mar 20202nd Mar 2020
moderate rain17 °C to 25 °Csky is clear18 °C to 28 °Clight rain20 °C to 26 °Cbroken clouds20 °C to 28 °Cbroken clouds17 °C to 27 °Csky is clear18 °C to 28 °C
17 °C to 25 °C18 °C to 28 °C20 °C to 26 °C20 °C to 28 °C17 °C to 27 °C18 °C to 28 °C
Clouds: 46 %Clouds: 2 %Clouds: 93 %Clouds: 84 %Clouds: 64 %Clouds: 7 %
0.33 in of rainNo Precipitation0.08 in of rainNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Namibia: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 5 reviews for Namibia holiday already. Average rating is 4.6 of 5 stars.
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    Simone, 53 years old was there in March

    mostly warm, but not humid – occasional rain showers – at night in the desert rain conjures up great colors!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Elke, 61 years old was there in October

    Very pleasant dry warm climate. No humidity. Good travel time for a round trip.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Mario, 51 years old was there in October

    Motorcycle tour without rainwear! It was a dreamlike experience and also for not so experienced drivers feasible!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Anna, 61 years old was there in July

    every day a bright blue sky. And a lot of nice people.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Sandra, 32 years old was there in December

    At the end of December we were on the road in the north of Namibia, which was called the worst travel time imaginable. In fact, it was extremely hot during the day, but still manageable. When we arrived in Etosha after 8 days, the first heat storms and rainfalls slowly began. However, always in the afternoon, from 3 or 4 pm. Sometimes it rained through the night, the next morning it was clear again. Overall, there were only a few restrictions for us. Overall I would describe the travel weather as good.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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