Sara and John say...
The rhythms of the seasons not only determine the extraordinary wildlife of Namibia; they’ll influence your own activities and comfort too.
Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the hottest time of year is between November and February. Although the coast stays refreshingly cooler, daytime temperatures inland during this period typically exceed 30 Celsius by day, with the desert getting even hotter. High humidity at this time of year brings rainfall too. However this often comes in the form of intense but short thundery afternoon downpours, meaning much of the day remains dry. So protection from sun and rain is needed but it’s a great time for wildlife-watching.
Through March and April the temperatures ease and rainfall diminishes; and by May the country becomes largely dry. As rivers and streams dry up, so the wildlife gathers near reliable water-holes through the parched months ahead. But the winter is a far more comfortable time to visit. Days are pleasantly warm, but be aware that the nights can get chilly - even dipping to freezing in the desert.
September and October can be ideal times to visit. The country is warming up under sunny skies but the humidity is still quite low.
By November, as the heat and humidity build, so the first showers of the wet season arrive, bringing a renewed verdancy ahead of the hot months to come.