Best Time to Visit Namibia
Unlike many other African countries, Namibia is an all year destination. The dry season is best for game viewing whereas the wetter (green) season is better for scenery, bird watching and general photography.
January, February, March & April:
Wildlife and game viewing: Animals, especially in Etosha, tend to spread out and not gather at the waterholes. However, this does not mean that one does not see animals. Many of the plains game like springbok and zebra, give birth during this time so lots of young to be seen. Animals like the lions, leopard and others stay in their territories and do not move away.
Desert and landscapes: This period is the best time to visit the Namib Desert with its green grasses, open and clear skies with some beautiful cloud formations.
Photography: This is an excellent time in the desert for landscapes, beautiful colours as well as ethnic people.
May, June, July & August:
Wildlife and game viewing: Water levels are dropping and animals start congregating at waterholes for their daily drink. Still quite a lot of vegetation so animals are a quite spread out. A good time for game viewing.
Desert and landscapes: Autumn and winter means cool and chilly evenings bringing crisp conditions, clear skies and pristine dunes and landscapes.
Photography: Fantastic months for photography. Landscapes, dune formations etc are at their best with little dust in the air giving clear and open skies.
September, October, November & December:
Wildlife and game viewing: This period can get very hot indeed which makes for excellent game viewing … again, a wide range of animals meeting at the waterholes. This is often during the heat of the day so good game viewing throughout the day. In the north of Namibia, the rains can start as early as December but game viewing is normally still excellent.
Desert and landscapes: All year destination but can get extremely hot from about 11h00 to 16h00.
Photography: Photography in Namibia is always good … game in Etosha, dunes at Sossusvlei, landscapes and ethnic people. Middle of the day and early afternoon is hot and the light would not be that good.
More In Namibia Travel Info
Top 10 Places to Visit
Namibia has some beautiful, unique and extraordinary scenery. Attractions abound and activities are limitless. But it's the whole journey that is the most extraordinary attraction of them all. Just driving through the country will be an experience quite unlike any you've had before. While parts of Namibia resemble other places - like the Kruger Park and Okavango Delta - no other place on Earth comes close to resembling Namibia.
“NTS was AMAZING! Special thanks to Wilmari for the best trip we have ever taken. 100% recommend!”
“This was a "bucket list" trip for us. It could not have been better. HIGHLY recommend you ask for Bianca.”
“Ulrike helped us plan our safari for 2 years... patience of a saint and the insight and knowledge of a true local.”
“Ask for Chantelle, a true legend of patience, availability and efficiency. Will highly recommend.”
“I cannot say enough about this great company and Ashlee herself... best honeymoon we could have wished for!”
“Bonique's recommendations were perfectly tailored to our needs with foresight and local knowledge... flawless.”
“The service and help we got from Tessa was fantastic, as a result we had a tremendous trip.”
“Janine proposed us a great trip and it was nice to meet with her in Swakop. Definitely recommend!”
“I have no words to express my gratitude to Carmen and the NTS team for their excellent work.”
“Our family would like to thank Anja and everyone at NTS for organising such an incredible trip for us.”
“Kirsti arranged the best family holiday we have ever had... highly recommended.”
“We worked with Petra and everything went flawlessly... can't recommend NTS highly enough!”
“Leandrie was very patient listening to my needs and catering to my budget... Everything worked perfectly!”
“Jessica was AMAZING and so helpful with all of our concerns and questions - we had the most amazing trip.”