Although for the most part Namibia’s desert climate makes for good year-round travelling, there are some times of year when rain or heat make particular areas a bit touch-and-go.
The most popular time to visit Namibia in general is from June to November. June to August is fairly temperate during the day, but with cold nights (sometimes below freezing in the desert) and the wildlife is on the increase as the bush dries out.
From September, it starts to warm up and until early November, is the best time for game viewing although it is usually very dry and dusty.
The only times you might want to avoid the Namib are between December and February when temperatures can climb to over 50 degrees. Between February and April, you may well see the desert in its summer garb of green grass and wild flowers, pans of water reflecting the highest sand-dunes in the world. The rest of the year is all rich red dunes, warm light and true desert dryness.
The key thing to remember in Namibia is that the weather is changeable, both as you travel through the country, and also sometimes within the space of an hour. Pack layers and be ready for a scorching sunny day to turn into a chilly, foggy afternoon or vice versa.