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The annual hunting season in Namibia covers the period from 1 February until 30 November.
The first 10 weeks still fall into the main summer rainfall season of the southern hemisphere. But due to Namibia’s specific geographic location and prevailing climate conditions, rain mostly occurs sporadic, as short showers during late afternoon and night-time hours. Most of the days are sunny with bright blue skies. Summers without rain for weeks on end are not unusual either.
From about mid-April, a brief autumn soon turns into winter that lasts for only 2-3 months.
The Southern African winter is characterized by low night-time & moderate day-time temperatures as well as extremely dry and cloudless, sunny weather conditions.
Towards the end of August, temperatures start rising again during a short spring season, and October usually marks the beginning of summer, with a warm to hot yet commonly still dry climate.
Namibia Hunting Conditions & Climate
Created by these seasonal changes and climate conditions:
February – March
Hartebeest rut season / Good hunting / 12-28° C
April – August
Kudu & Warthog rut season / Very good hunting / 5-20° C
September – October
Good hunting / 10-25° C
Good hunting but hot / 15-32° C
The best period for leopard hunting is April to October, as the animals are moving around frequently. Only very cold spells in winter can make them less active for a few days.
Hunting Clothing & Visibility
We recommend the following clothing due to changing vegetation density and visibility conditions during the hunting season:
February – May:
Camouflage clothing, mainly in green colors.
The vegetation is denser during this period, and game is not as easy to spot as during winter.
May – November:
Camouflage clothing, mainly in brown colors.
Game visibility is 50 – 200 yards on average in most hunting areas and greater in mountains & Kalahari terrains.
In general, light hunting/safari wear incl. warm windbreaker and jersey is required. Comfortable, worn-in walking boots, a cap/hat, and sun protection lotion are a must!
We have several excellent outfitters and Professional Hunters in Namibia, who operate throughout the country in high quality concession areas with excellent trophy quality. Many of our outfitters have bow hunting only areas as well.