Summer in Namibia

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Namibia is an ideal year-round destination with its hot climate and generally dry days. But summer in Namibia is especially excellent for viewing its famed wildlife in their natural habitats, as they're attracted by the added vegetation that’s available. With the tremendous Namib desert and extensive Atlantic coastline, there’s plenty to enjoy during a summer trip to Namibia. 

Why should I visit Namibia in the summer?

The summer months in Namibia last from November to February and are mostly dry and hot. The scenery is usually at its greenest at this time of year, and you'll also have a good chance of spotting baby animals and migratory birds. Whether it's gorgeous sand dunes or historically rich cities with German architecture, Namibia offers a different kind of travel experience that sets it apart from its regional neighbors.

The best things to do in Namibia in summer

Even for veteran travelers, Namibia in the summer presents plenty of new and exhilarating adventures. Here's some of the top picks for a fun summer trip to Namibia.

Go searching for elephants in the desert

Damaraland is one of the best places to see something truly special. Here, hardy herds of elephants have defied nature's odds and adapted to a dry, harsh desert lifestyle. This region is located between the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park, making it an ideal stop off between the two. You'll also see gemsbok, kudu, black rhinos, and springboks roaming around Damaraland.

Swakopmund's sea breezes and fresh seafood

A beach resort community, Swakopmund is Namibia's second-largest city, located between the Namib Desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy great seafood from the nearby waters, and take part in extreme sports like quad biking and skydiving.

Climb the Namib-Naukluft National Park’s sand dunes

Located south of Swakopmund, these massive formations are UNESCO World Heritage-listed and are the biggest of their type in the world. To truly appreciate their sheer size and beauty, make the climb up and down their ridges before sunrise. It’s often too hot here by 10am, so it’s well worth the early wake-up call.

Explore Mount Erongo 

This granite peak was formed from an extinct volcano, and today it makes a great place for nature walks. The geology of the surrounding lands, as well as cave formations and ancient rock art, are some of the most exciting discoveries here.

Visit the dramatic Skeleton Coast

Located along the Atlantic coast, this region is a place for true adventure. In this sparsely populated region, you'll find various shipwrecks and unique ecosystems that are home to seal colonies, baboons, giraffes, and jackals in inland riverbed areas. 

What’s the weather like in Namibia in the summer?

The average daytime temperatures during a Namibian summer are around 85°F, and are often higher in the desert regions and around 20° cooler on the coast. The beginning and end of the summer tend to be the rainiest times of the year, but rainfall is usually short in duration. Remember to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and plenty of water.

When to go in Namibia?

The best time to go to Namibia is during the dry season, between April and November: it's warm and sunny throughout the country. Those readers with allergies would be better off, however, putting off their trip until the first few weeks of November or the month of April: there may be showers here and there, but they won't stop you enjoying the trip and you'll run into fewer tourists. Do make sure, however, to avoid the rainy season.
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