Timing is everything when planning a trip, especially when it comes to wildlife spotting opportunities. Namibia in southwest Africa is a fantastic place to see magnificent animals and birds in the wild, but you’ll need to visit at the right time. Here’s what you need to know…
June to October is the dry season – and the best for wildlife spotting
The dry winter months between June and October are generally considered the best to visit Namibia. The weather tends to be sunny, dry and cloud-free. It’s pleasantly warm in the day, although the nights and early mornings can be pretty cold – so pack accordingly. If you’re anywhere near the desert, bear in mind that temperatures can drop below freezing at night.
Prefer things quieter? Go in June to avoid the crowds, although most of Namibia’s parks such as Etosha National Park and Ongava Game Reserve tend not to feel too busy even in high season.
But for your best chance to see the country’s spectacular wildlife in large numbers, plan your trip for July or August. This is when water sources have dried out and vegetation is sparse, so animals tend to congregate around the permanent water holes.
So, this means there’ll be less trekking and driving required to find wildlife spotting opportunities. You can simply get yourself a good spot with a view of the water hole, and get ready for a glorious display of nature at her finest.
Best time to see newborn animals in Namibia
Love the idea of seeing baby animals take their first few steps in the wild? Head to Namibia in March for the months just after birthing season, with Etosha National Park being one of the best places to visit.
You may need to be patient though, as game viewing becomes much more challenging when vegetation is lush and water plentiful. Animals tend to spread out more across the landscape, which in Namibia means vast areas.
And of course, you’ll need to be prepared for lots of rain – which usually takes the form of short showers in the afternoon at this time of year. This means lush vegetation too, so it’s a chance to see Namibia at its greenest.
When to visit Namibia for birdwatching
The wet season (November to April) is also a good time of year for birding, as well as for a chance to see newborn animals. Large numbers of migratory birds are present in Namibia, alongside native species.
But of course, visibility (and the opportunities to head out for birdwatching trips) may well be affected by the rain. You should also bear in mind that it can get very hot in the country between October and February.
If you’re planning a wildlife trip to Namibia and want to visit at the perfect moment, we can help.
Get in touch to tell us about your plans, and what wildlife you’d like to see, and our Namibia travel experts will put together the ideal itinerary just for you.