Namibia has much to offer during the rainy season, between January and April. We already covered five of our '10 GREAT REASONS' of why it's absolutely worthwhile to visit Namibia in the rainy season in our previous blog post. If you've missed it, you're welcome to click here and read it now.
Now we've got five more spectacular sightings that you'll only experience after the rains have come ... here they are:
6. The Cutest Baby Animals
Etosha is characterized by a stark contrast between the dry and rainy season. The long and hard months between May and December with hardly a drop of rain and soaring temperatures, especially towards the end of the year, bring the animals to the edge of survival.
What a relief, when the rainy season finally sets in and the rain storms bring fresh plant growth and abound rain water puddles. This abundance of food and water at last helps the wildlife to recover from the hard times and to regain strength again. It also offers the best start for a little life, which is why many game species synchronize the births of their offspring with this time of abundance.
Hence this is the best - and only time - for us visitors to spot and photograph tiny lambs, calves, foals and pups of springbok, wildebeest, zebra, jackals, squirrels, Bat-eared foxes (photo above) and many more. This is verrrrry special, so don't miss this opportunity!
7. Visiting Migratory Birds
Besides mammals, birds also react to the richness of food that the rainy season offers. Many migratory bird species that normally occur only in wetter areas now visit the Etosha National Park and other wilderness areas of Namibia, especially in the North.
Greater Flamingoes (image above) for example, fly up from the Atlantic coast to Fisher's Pan in Etosha, where they find a rich supply of water insects, molluscs and blue-green algae in this now water-filled pan, that's usually barren and void of food.
If you are a bird lover, we strongly advise you to visit Namibia in the rainy season, as it opens up a whole new world of bird sightings and photography that you'll otherwise miss, if you only travel the country in the dry season.
8. A Colorful Flower Carpet
When you plan your travel to Namibia, we're sure that the Namib Desert is a prominent destination in your itinerary. It truly is one of the most magnificent deserts in the world and just breathtakingly beautiful and photogenic all year round.
Whilst the dune sea enchants with its vastness and variety of shades of earth colors during the dry season, a true miracle awaits you, once a rare storm has pushed into the desert. Within a few days soft grass and beautiful flowers (here Devil's thorn (Tribulus), image above), begin to sprout, grow and bloom in the soaked desert soil. The desert landscape transforms into a rare, colorful flower carpet ... what a wonderful sight!
9. A River Running Through The Desert
When very good rain has fallen over the Great Escarpment - which happens rarely, only every eight to ten years - another remarkable nature spectacle might await you: that of a river running through the desert.
It's just unbelievably beautiful to see and even hear water running through this driest of deserts, to witness one of Namibia's many dry rivers, such as the Kuiseb River here (image above), to suddenly actually flow.
We'll assure you that witnessing this amazing nature spectacle will stay one of your most treasured nature experiences ever!
10. The Miracle Of A Lake Amidst The Dunes
And FINALLY ... the greatest miracle of them all:
a lake amidst the dunes, here at Sossusvlei (image above), which forms, when the Tsauchab river flowing strongly for many days, finally reaches its final destination of Sossusvlei, a usually dry desert pan.
This is the jewel of the most awe-inspiring sightings in the world and simply marvelous!
So here you go, these have been our 10 Great Reasons Of Why You Should Visit & Photograph Namibia In The Rainy Season. Have we convinced you :-)?
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