Best Time to Visit
Namibia can be visited throughout the year. The climate is generally dry and pleasant. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by other countries further east. Between December to March, some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localized, afternoon thunderstorms. Wildlife viewing in all parks, but especially in Etosha, is the best in the dry season from June to October. In the wet season, animals move away from the waterholes and scatter around the park.
Best Time to go on Safari
Being relatively dry throughout the year, Namibia experiences little rains from November to December and the main rainy season is from January to April. During the rains, vegetation grows throughout the region and wildlife tends to scatter, making it harder to find. The end of the dry season, July to October, is the best time to see animals at the waterholes. Keep in mind, this is also the busiest tourist season. All the big predators are present and cheetahs are especially common throughout the area. During the dry season, huge herds of animals can be seen at Etosha pan.
Darmaland is home to a healthy population of desert-adapted elephants, and black rhino can be tracked in a similar environment. Keep your eyes open and you might just catch a glimpse of the secretive brown hyena, who likes to lurk around seal colonies on the coast.
Best Time for Bird Watching
The birdlife in Namibia is at its best from September to April, when the migratory birds from Europe and Northern Africa are present. At this time, many resident bird species are nesting and are in breeding plumage. After good rains, the pans in Etosha and Bushmanland become a hotspot for Aquatic birds, including flocks of flamingos. Rains are mostly short showers in the afternoon and seldom have a negative impact on your trip.