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Namibia in May

May weather & where to go

In May, the summer has ended and the rain is called to a halt – in fact the average rainfall drops to just 6mm in May. Landscapes are still lush and green, and the temperatures are still lovely and warm, with the nights not quite dropping enough to be considered ‘cold’.

Still kind of a shoulder month, May is not hugely popular with tourists, meaning that parks can be pretty empty, although Etosha is always busier than the rest. The ground in Etosha National Park will not have dried out completely, so water sources are still plenty. 

It is still not the peak time for wildlife, but as we move closer towards the ‘winter’, the drier it gets, and the better the wildlife viewing.

May is a great time for exploring the Kalahari, whilst it is still green, and is also a wonderful time to get over to the coast. The Skeleton Coast gives a really unique perspective on wild Namibia and is worth visiting. A balloon safari is a great choice in May, with the surreal greens and oranges of the desert contrasting each other so beautifully. If the rainfall in previous months has been particularly high, you can expect plains of golden grass stretching into the horizon.

In May, rain is unlikely, the weather is warm, and the days short. Low season rates still apply, and a majority of parks can be nice and empty. Wildlife sightings are improving as the land dries out, and every part of the country is accessible. All in all, we say this is an excellent time to go to Namibia, in fact, it one of our favourite months to travel.

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