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Best time to visit Namibia


January is a midsummer month, featuring clear mornings, rainy afternoons, very high temperatures and vast flocks of flamingo congregating on the lagoons near Swakopmund.

  • Day time average temperature = 86°F
  • Night time average temperature = 63°F
  • Average rainfall = 43mm
  • Average daylight = 13 hours

What’s the weather going to be like in Namibia in January

  • Mornings are usually clear, but afternoon thunderstorms are common
  • January is the middle of summer in Namibia
  • Temperatures are hot, and it can be humid in the north, particularly the Caprivi region
  • Due to the threat of rain, we suggest packing a rain coat

What are the highlights of visiting Namibia in January

  • Availability of properties is good from mid-month
  • Rates are relatively low
  • January is the beginning of the calving season – many herbivores including zebra and springbok give birth during this time
  • Vast flocks of flamingo congregate on Walvis Bay’s beautiful lagoons

Any lowlights?

  • Available of properties in early January can be low, as this is just after Christmas and New Year
  • As there’s plenty of water in safari areas, animals do not need to congregate around scarce sources this month
  • There are mosquitoes about
  • Wildlife tends to disperse around reserves and parks, so they are more difficult to spot on vehicle safaris