What to See and Do
When to go to Namibia
With an average of 300 sunny days a year and generally boasting a warm and dry desert climate it's more a question of when not to visit Namibia.
Two seasons define Namibia's climate: a hot rainy season from October to April when virtually all the country's rain falls, usually in rumbling afternoon thunderstorms. January and February are the wettest months, and it generally gets wetter as you go north.
The cool dry season is between May and September - June to August can be bitterly cold all over Namibia, especially at night. Note however that temperatures can be extremely high towards the end of the dry season(September and October).
When to go to Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert
Sossusvlei and the Namib are impressive at any time of year and there is little seasonal change unless summer rains have flooded the otherwise parched pans around Sossusvlei. Torrential rain could make access problematic. The cooler, clearer winter months are probably the best time to visit the dunes of Sossusvlei.
October to March is the best time to visit the Namib coast (including Walvis Bay and Swakopmund) as the weather is pleasant on the coast compared to the baking hot interior.
When to go to Etosha
Game viewing in the Etosha National Park is best during the dry winter months (May to October). The vegetation has been trampled, eaten and has thinned out making wildlife easier to see and the increasingly thirsty animals concentrate around water sources, making excellent ambush points for predators. Note that September and October can be very hot.
Bird watching is best in summer (November to April) as intra-African and Palaearctic migratory birds arrive making an already good birding destination into an excellent one.
When to go to the Caprivi
Head for the Caprivi's wetlands between April to October for game viewing. The temperatures are pleasant, there is little rain and fewer mosquitoes than the hot rainy summer months. Many thirsty animals gravitate to the Caprivi at this time of year and game viewing can be very rewarding.
The Caprivi is always a good destination for bird watching but, like Etosha, the arrival of summer migrants from November onwards to April make it an exceptional one.
When to go to the Skeleton Coast & Kaokoveld
The northern Skeleton Coast has an all-year-round climate: moderate temperatures with coastal mist, wind, and hardly any rain. Fisherman rate November to March as the best time to visit the Skeleton Coast.
For the inland Kaokoveld, the dry winter season from May to August is the best time to explore this rugged area - the late dry season - September to November - is blisteringly hot while the rainy season could result in access problems and flash floods.