The best times to visit Sossusvlei for ideal weather are
May 28th to August 19th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Sossusvlei Travel Guide
Other Sossusvlei Travel Info
Weather in Sossusvlei
Average temperatures in Sossusvlei vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 59th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Sossusvlei, the hottest months are April, March, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late April where highs are regularly around 105.7°F (40.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.3°F (18.5°C) at night.
Sossusvlei Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Sossusvlei Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Sossusvlei Perceived Temperature (F)
Sossusvlei Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Sossusvlei Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Sossusvlei are January, February, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late September with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of September 24th.
When can you find snow in Sossusvlei? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Sossusvlei.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Sossusvlei (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Sossusvlei has some comfortably humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is May (27.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (45.9%).
Wind in Sossusvlei is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by July and December. January’s average wind speed of around 7.5 knots (8.6 MPH or 13.9 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early June where average top sustained speeds reach 14 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Sossusvlei.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||7.5||Gentle breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Feb||6.6||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.1||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.1||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|May||6||Light breeze||11.7||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.8||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||7||Gentle breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Aug||5.7||Light breeze||11.4||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.4||Light breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.3||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||6.3||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Dec||6.8||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Sossusvlei?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Namibia; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Sossusvlei, Namibia is September, followed by April and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Sossusvlei in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Sossusvlei Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 105.7°F (40.9°C) and 89.2°F (31.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with 0 to 1 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Sossusvlei, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 98.8°F (37.1°C) and 85.1°F (29.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 2 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Sossusvlei to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 97.9°F (36.6°C) and 87.5°F (30.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.