Namibia is hot; very hot. This desert country can see temperatures of 40 C in the summer. It’s a bit cooler on the coast.
When to fly to Namibia
Namibia gets an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, and is a mostly year-round destination.
Winter runs from May to September, and temperatures are about 18-25 degrees during the day. At night, below-zero temperatures and frost is common. This is the time to search for cheap flights to Namibia for game viewing.
The summer months – and rainy season – are October to April. Temperatures range between 20 and 34 degrees and nights are cool. In the extreme north and south, temperatures can climb past 40 degrees. However, the summer months are the best time of year to go birding.
Getting around Namibia
Air Namibia offers domestic Namibia flights from Eros Airport in Windhoek to destinations including Ondangwa, Walvis Bay, Luderitz and Oranjemund.
Several trains run to Namibia from South Africa including the Shongololo Express, Bushveld Train Safaris and the Rovos Rail, which operate scheduled itineraries. The Desert Express which offers overnight trips between Windhoek and Swakopmund, and Omugulu Gwombashe Star offers luxury trips from Windhoek to Oshivelo in Northern Namibia.
Intercape Mainliner operates bus services between bigger towns in Namibia and from Windhoek to Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Chobe National Park. It also connects with Johannesburg, Cape Town and other towns and cities in South Africa.
Renting a car is also an option for travellers. There are car-rental companies at Windhoek Airport. Drive on the left.
Namibia insider information
- Namibia was formerly German South West Africa and it is thanks to its erstwhile masters that Herero women owe their colourful – and Victorian-style – national dress. German missionaries, offended by the Herero women’s nakedness introduced the dress with petticoats, high necklines and leg o’mutton sleeves.
- Etosha National Park is one of Africa's biggest game reserves, covering 22,270 square km (14,000 square miles). Visit between May and September for the best game viewing. There are several buck species, rhino, elephant, giraffe, lions, leopard and cheetah. It has three rest camps: Namutoni, Halali and Okaukuejo.
- Check out Daan Viljoen Game Park, about 25km (15 miles) west of Windhoek. The game park is highland savanna and has kudu, red hartebeest, springbok, klipspringer, steenbok, eland and Oryx antelopes, baboons, blue wildebeests and giraffes. There are more than 200 bird species in the park including helmeted guinea fowl, red billed francolin, yellow billed hornbill, rock runner.
- In the middle of the Namib Deser is the Sossusvlei, an enormous clay pan circled by massive sand dunes. Some of the sand dunes are 300 metres (about 1,000 feet) high. One of the most spectacular ways to view the terrain is by hot-air balloon.
- Swakopmund is a launch pad for trips to the desert and to the Skeleton Coast. Namibia’s holiday town was founded in 1892 and boasts the Europa Hof, an Alpine ski chalet.
- Duwisib Castle was built in 1909 by Baron von Wolf, a former German captain, for his American wife. The huge sandstone fortress rises out of the desert with turrets, tower and a courtyard. The castle is not the only lasting memory of the German captain. There is a theory that the wild horses of the Namib are descendants of Baron von Wolf's stud.
- Namibia has a German-language newspaper - Allgemeine Zeitung.