Etosha National Park, Namibia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Etosha National Park, Namibia? If you're planning to go to Etosha National Park, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Etosha National Park, Namibia

Based on the climate and weather in Etosha National Park, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Etosha National Park, Namibia by month

January

If you vacation in Etosha National Park during January, you are likely to find that it is consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts

February

February in Etosha National Park is constantly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses

March

March here is really hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage

April

April in this region can be sweltering and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella

May

If you are traveling to Etosha National Park in May, you will notice that it is extremely warm and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion

June

If you vacation in Etosha National Park during June, you are likely to find that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

There is frost once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

July

If you visit Etosha National Park during July, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

There is frost once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

August

August in Etosha National Park can be very hot and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Shorts

September

September in Etosha National Park can be excruciatingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Light dresses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light shorts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals

October

If you vacation in Etosha National Park during October, you are likely to find that it is a scorcher and dry with little rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Light shorts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Tank tops

November

November in Etosha National Park can be excruciatingly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Light dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Tank tops
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis

December

If you are traveling to Etosha National Park in December, you will notice that it is sweltering. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Tank tops
  • Skirts
  • Light dresses
  • Light shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Etosha National Park, Namibia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Etosha National Park, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Etosha National Park

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