When is the Best Time for a Self-Drive Adventure in Namibia
Namibia is a delightful treasure trove for self-drive explorers. Its ever-changing landscapes and diverse ecosystems welcome you year-round. Unlike destinations with dramatic high and low seasons, Namibia promises an enchanting desert landscape with considerably less rainfall throughout the year. But knowing when to tread the Namibian terrain can enhance your adventure. Allow us to take you on a journey through the year…
JANUARY & FEBRUARY Average Daytime Temperature: About 33°C
Average Rainfall: About 85mm Per Month
Starting the year, Namibia is at the height of its “rainy” season. Bright mornings, potential localised thunderstorms in the afternoon, and clear evenings are what you can expect. Thunderstorms may be brief, lasting just a few hours, and offer a great backdrop for photography. During this time, wildlife may disperse due to surface water availability, but you’ll still witness plenty in the lush, green Etosha National Park. A paradise for bird watchers, this time of the year is also an excellent escape from the Northern Hemisphere’s winter.
MARCH & APRIL Average Daytime Temperature: Around 27°C
Average Rainfall: About 50mm Per Month
The temperatures become more comfortable as the “wet” season starts to fade. During these months, Namibia blossoms with beauty as the desert embraces patches of green and vibrant flowers. It’s an ideal time to enjoy wildlife, birds, and stunning landscapes.
MAY & JUNE Average Daytime Temperature: Approximately 25°C
Average Rainfall: Roughly 4mm Per Month
May and June are often a favourite among seasoned travellers. The rainy season bids goodbye, leaving the landscape fresh and thriving. Waterholes become less frequent, gathering wildlife for hydration and creating a fantastic viewing opportunity.
JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER Average Daytime Temperature: About 23°C
Average Rainfall: Barely 0-2mm Per Month
These months are prime time if you’re seeking unforgettable game-viewing experiences in Etosha National Park. The weather is generally perfect for safaris, although evenings may be slightly cooler.
OCTOBER Average Daytime Temperature: Around 29°C
Average Rainfall: Roughly 15mm Per Month
October is the pinnacle of the dry season and one of the warmer months. Wildlife gathers around the few remaining permanent waterholes, making it an excellent time for game viewing.
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER Average Daytime Temperature: About 30-35°C
Average Rainfall: Around 30-35mm Per Month
As the year draws to a close, hot, dry days persist. However, occasional localised thunderstorms may bring much-needed rain. Witnessing the first rain of the season is a spectacle. Wildlife viewing remains exceptional in Etosha National Park, and bird watching is at its best.
Namibia is a captivating destination year-round. Whenever you embark on your self-drive adventure, remember that each season has its unique charm and beauty. And for those looking to explore off the beaten track, BND Car Hire offers 4×4 vehicle rental for the intrepid traveller. With a fully kitted 4×4 vehicle and available camping equipment, your Namibian adventure can be both comfortable and thrilling. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and let Namibia’s enchanting landscapes be your guide. Happy journeying!