Namibia weather in January
Namibia is a year round destination, so you can absolutely travel there in January, however this is not a peak time. In January, the weather can be quite humid, and there will probably be some rain, sometimes torrential, although not as much as the countries further east, such as Botswana. Mornings are often clear, but thunderstorms are common in the afternoons, making for spectacular photos, and quite an exciting experience, especially on a self-drive.
This is the ‘wet’ season, and it can get very hot, and not just for you. The animals will be looking for shade and vegetation to cool off behind, making them a little more difficult to spot. The animals also disperse due to the large amount of surface water, which means they do not need to congregate around water holes for easy viewing. However this is the start of birthing season, which more than makes up for the numbers.
Watch springbok and zebra with their new-borns, and if you are up for it, there is often plenty of predator action!