Beginning in April, Sossusvlei’s temperatures fall as the region moves column into winter. Winter months receive little to no rainfall, and temperatures can dip into the 30s at night. Be sure to pack warm clothes and to wear layers on morning and afternoon adventures. As the sun rises, it does not take long for the enchanting landscape to warm up. Most days are comfortable with bright, cloudless skies and little to no humidity.
Typically, temperatures rise in September as Sossusvlei moves into summer. By November, daytime temperatures can reach into the high 90s. The region experiences very little rain, and humidity remains low compared to other parts of Africa. When rain falls, temperatures cool considerably, and life is instantly drawn to temporary pools of water. Depending on the amount of rainfall received during this time of year, the desert plains may be transformed into lush grassland, attracting the region’s desert-adapted herbivores. In the late summer months, Sossusvlei’s dramatic Deadvlei sometimes fills with water after heavy rains.