In the centre and north, March is still hot, with partly-cloudy days, beautiful cloud formations and mild to warm nights that seldom fall below 15°C. The southern and coastal regions are much drier throughout the year, but what little rain does fall spreads out into March and April, and both day- and night-time temperatures are more extreme. Hot days can still exceed 40°C in Sossusvlei and along the Fish River Canyon, and March and April are the hottest months of the year on the coast.

Fish River Canyon

March is when Namibia is at its greenest, although that barely applies to the arid coast and south. If it does rain in Sossusvlei, March is the most likely month, but don’t expect more than a few millimetres.

In the north, the rains are now on their way out and by the end of the month Etosha Pan will be starting to dry. Conditions for wildlife viewing are still not ideal, with plenty of surface water still available. There’s always the chance of great sightings in Etosha National Park, but activity around the permanent waterholes is best from June/July once other sources have dried up.

Zebra drinking from a waterhole in the Etosha National Park

Birding is still excellent across the region and along the Zambezi. March and April are the final months before the migrant species return to the Northern Hemisphere and are perhaps Namibia’s best months for bird watching.

March is still not prime tigerfish season, but by the end of the month water levels along the Zambezi River are nearing their highest and this opens up new areas that are too shallow to explore at other times of year.