Namibia's Weather

Namibia’s weather in general

Mostly, Namibia has a subtropical desert climate characterized by great differences in day and nighttime temperatures, low rainfall and overall low humidity. 
With Namibia being a semi-desert and thus a relatively dry country, climbing crags like Erongo mountains range and Spitzkoppe that are located in the Namib-desert, becomes really hot and dry during summer times.

Best time to go:June to October (All parks)
High Season:July to October (Will not feel too crowded, except for Etosha and the main access road in Namib-Naukluft)
Low Season:December to April (All parks are very quiet)
Best Weather:April and May (Moderate temperatures, little to no rainfall, green landscape)
Worst Weather:November to February (Very hot)

Dry season – May to October – Winter - Most preferable climbing times.
There is little to no rainfall during the entire winter and humidity is low. Water resources usually dry up.

  • May- It is the end of summer. The rains have stopped, but the scenery is still lovely and green. The nights aren't cold yet and daytime temperatures are, on average, around 24-28°C/75-82°F.
  • June- The nights are getting cold and can drop below 10°C/50°F. In desert areas, it can be freezing. Daytime temperatures are still pleasant around 20-24°C/68-75°F.
  • July & August- These are the main winter months. Be sure to pack warm clothing because morning and nights will be cold. The average maximum temperature is 21-25°C/70-77°F. The average minimum temperature is around 7°C/45°F, but can fall to below freezing at night in the deserts and higher areas.
  • September & October- September is a lovely month. It isn't too hot yet, but the chill in the mornings is becoming less. It is dry and the skies are clear. During October the green vegetation is fading and the heat gradually builds up.

Wet season – November to April – Summer

  • November- The heat continues to rise and by November it is very hot, but the humidity is still low, keeping it quite pleasant. On average, the daytime temperature is above 30°C/86°F, but can be a lot higher in the deserts. Clouds are starting to build up in the afternoons.
  • December- The first rains usually arrive and with it the temperature drops. The landscape changes after the first rains and everything comes to life.
  • January & February- This is midsummer. It tends to be hot and humid with maximum temperatures around 30-35°C/86-95°F with peaks of over 40°C/104°F in the desert. There may be torrential downpours in the afternoon but not every day. Mornings are usually clear.
  • March & April- Rainfall will decrease and stops around April. It cools down after the rains and the nights start to get cold again. Average daytime temperatures are around 25-30°C/77-86°F

    What to pack

    ·        WATER !  You need to have at least 2 liters on you at all times and at least 10 liters in a car. The country is very dry during most of the year and your vehicle could break down.

    ·         A basic First-aid kit containing insect repellent, bandages, and painkillers as well as sufficient supplies of your regular/chronic medicines. 
              The risk of malaria in Namibia is mainly restricted to the northern parts of the country which include the Caprivi, Kaokoveld, Etosha National Park and Bushmanland.

    ·         Sunglasses, sun protection and a hat (NB.)

    ·         Moisturizing lotion and lip balm (dry weather)

    ·         Comfortable walking shoes, and boots for hiking

    ·         Winter times - enough warm and cool clothing. 
              Summer times - cool clothing and one or two warm jackets & pants for nights

    ·         Swimsuits

    ·         Binoculars

    ·         Battery-operated or conventional razors (if visiting remote areas)

    ·         Torch and head lamp for climbing (big wall climbing at Spitzkoppe can get late , daytime in winters are shorter)

    ·         Telephone list with all the emergency numbers, including the numbers of family and  friends back home

    ·         Re hydrate solutions or concentrates

    ·        Backpacks. more comfortable to carry water and etc.

    ·        Camera, don't want to miss those beautiful photo opportunities 

    ·        If camping - Tent, sleeping bag, lighters for fires, enough water & food,  if no toilet facilitiesA good toilet etiquette far from paths and the river (dig holes and burn and bury all toilet paper)

      There are no mountain rescue teams in Namibia!                                 

    in case of an emergency :
    E-Med Rescue 24 Paramedical Services. 
    Windhoek / Walvis Bay / Otjiwarongo / Ongwediva
    081-924 (within Namibian borders) 
    0264-411-600 (International)
    Satellite Telephone:

    LifeLink Emergency Rescue Services Windhoek / Okahandja / Henties Bay / Walvis Bay 
    24 hour Emergency numbers: 
    0859 247 (from any phone) or 999 (from any landline)
    +264 64 500 346 (International) Ground & air ambulance services