Seasons and Weather
Namibia experiences two distinct seasons: wet and dry. These two seasons have huge effects on the country and can completely transform the landscape and dictate the behaviour of the nation’s wildlife. There are pros and cons for visiting in each season, which take into account temperature, weather, crowds and game-viewing opportunities.
The dry season lasts from May to October and is generally considered to be the best time to visit Namibia. There are numerous reasons for this but one of the most important is that the lack of water means that animals have to gather around waterholes to drink, making them much easier to spot. The lack of vegetation also increases visibility and the weather is usually sunny and mild. The negative side of visiting during this time is that the more popular parks like Etosha National Park can get quite crowded and it can get pretty cold during the night and early in the morning.
The wet season runs from October through to April and sees far fewer people than the dry season. While wildlife is slightly harder to spot during this time, the landscape is transformed from dry and barren to vivid green and lush. Other positives are that the rain usually just comes in short bursts in the afternoon so shouldn’t affect your trip too much and it is much cheaper to visit during this period. However, it can get uncomfortably hot and you might not see as many animals.
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