November is the beginning of the rainy season in northern Namibia. Temperatures usually drop slightly as the rains begin, but can still hit 40°C on the hottest days. Humidity is high, but the atmosphere slowly clears as the rain pulls dust from the air. Along the coast, conditions remain relatively mild, with morning fog, a fresh sea breeze and average daytime temperatures of around 30°C. In the centre and the south, temperatures continue to rise. Daily averages are closer to 35°C and you may experience the occasional – but very impressive – afternoon thunderstorm.
November is not the best time to visit Etosha National Park. If the rains are late, there may still be good game viewing, but it’ll be very hot, desolate and – until the rains fall – extremely dusty.
The rains usually come earlier and heavier along the Zambezi Region and by November there’ll likely be rain every other day. Game viewing will still be fair, until the vegetation begins to regrow, but expect very hot and humid conditions, with increased mosquito activity and higher risk of Malaria. November can still be good for tigerfish as the waters gradually rise and birding is also productive with the return of the summer migrants.
November is a good month for The Skeleton Coast where conditions are milder than in the interior. The hot days in the south are ideal for lounging in the water so it’s also a beautiful time to paddle canoes and camp along the Orange River.