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When is the best time to visit Namibia?

Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world's driest deserts, Namibia's climate is generally dry and pleasant throughout the year. Spectacular afternoon thunderstorms and short heavy downpours occur during the summer months, however it is unlikely that the rain will disrupt your travel plans - meaning that this incredible African country can be visited at any time of year.

The ‘rainy’ season is during the summer months from November to April and the weather tends to be hot and humid with dramatic afternoon thunderstorms, whilst the ‘dry’ season is during the winter months from May to October and the weather is typically warm and sunny, albeit with very cold nights.

The best time to visit is considered to be from May to October as you can enjoy uninterrupted blue skies and plenty of sunshine, except along the coast where there is often a fog. The day time temperatures during these months are moderate, however it can get very cold in the evenings. These dry winter months are ideal for game viewing in Etosha National Park and Ongava Game Reserve - the vegetation is sparse and water sources dry out meaning that wildlife gathers around permanent water holes making them easier to locate and photograph. 

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