The Naukluft Mountains are characterized by its aridity, with significant impacts on vegetation and water resources. The climate is characterized by hot, dry summers and cool, dry winters. According to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system, the region has a hot desert climate (BWh). Droughts are common, and water is scarce. The area receives an average of 200-300 mm of rainfall per year, which falls primarily between December and March. However, we only receive 80-120 mm per year on average.  Summers are hot and winters can be cold. December to February you can expect temperatures (in the shade) above 40°C; in winter night-time temperatures below 0° C are also common. 

The climate in the Naukluft Mountains is strongly influenced by the topography of the region. The mountains create a rain shadow effect, which means that the eastern slopes of the mountains receive more rainfall than the western slopes. The temperature in the region is also affected by elevation, with cooler temperatures at higher elevations. This also influences us. We are located in a valley. Often, when it rains to the east or west, we receive no rain because the mountains block the clouds from entering the valley. However, if the clouds manage to rise over the mountains, we can receive (for our area), good rains. It might sound little, but if it rains at least 10-20 mm with a two week break in between (it rains once for 15 mm, and again for 15 mm two weeks later), and this happens twice or thrice in the rainy season, we consider this as a good rainfall year.