Namibia weather in January
January is mid-summer in Namibia. It tends to be very hot and humid with average temperatures between 30-35°C, and up to 40°C in the desert.
If you’re planning to visit Etosha National Park in northern Namibia you should bear in mind that this is the rainy season and torrential downpours are likely, however they usually occur in the afternoons so it is still possible to enjoy morning or early evening game drives. The landscape is lush and beautiful at this time of year, however game viewing can be more challenging as the animals tend to seek shade amongst the vegetation and you won’t find large concentrations of wildlife congregating around waterholes – although this can also mean that you have more anticipation and excitement on your safari drives as you actively search for lion, leopard and other wildlife.
The Caprivi Strip in the northeast corner of Namibia experiences heavy rain in January which can hinder travel plans so it is best avoided at this time of year. Coastal areas, such as Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, are drier and less humid than other areas of Namibia. If you choose to travel to Namibia in January, we recommend exploring the coast and southern regions.