Namibia is a country of striking natural beauty. Famed for its deserts, this slice of south west Africa also has a wild side, including a dramatic flank of Atlantic Ocean, spectacular spiky massifs and Africa’s largest salt pan. Still a relatively unknown destination, Namibia is a more authentic take on Africa, with plenty of entrancing landscapes, landmarks and history to capture your imagination. Here you’ll find everything from epic sand dunes to national parks teeming with life, and from the vast Namib-Naukluft desert to the sub-tropical northern towns of Rundu and Kongola.
Namibia’s climate is typical of a semi-desert area with hot days and cool nights. The coastal regions are cooled by the cold Benguela current which can cause fog and inhibit rainfall. The central plateau being higher in altitude is understandably cooler year round.
Namibia is blessed with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. Rainfall is low and normally only occurs between December and March during the summer months. During the summer months average daily temperatures range from 20 to 34º C. During the winter months from May to September days are typically warm but temperatures can drop below freezing at night.
Best time to go
As Namibia is partially covered by the Namib Desert, the climate is generally very dry and pleasant, making it a good year-round destination. Namibia has a pleasant, cool, dry winter (May to October) and a hot summer (November to April) with minimal rainfall, which often takes the form of localised thunderstorms, predominantly in the centre and the east. In the winter, temperatures in the desert can drop below freezing at night. Game viewing is good throughout the year in Namibia.
- ‘Sossusvlei’ and the Namib Desert
- Etosha National Park
- Skeleton Coast
- Fish River Canyon