By February, the majority of ‘Safari Africa’ is in its heavy rains. Tanzania and Kenya are two exceptions

WHERE TO GO IN AFRICA IN FEBRUARY

Our Recommendation for February

By February, the majority of ‘Safari Africa’ is in its heavy rains. This time of year will see days when huge storms and non-stop rain can take over. For travellers whose priority is big game viewing safaris, the majority of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia is best avoided at this time of year. Tanzania and Kenya are two exceptions to the above and both excellent for game viewing. The calving season is in full swing and all the cats are most active as they hunt amongst the large herds.

Tanzania

Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is a very good destination in February – indeed, the Serengeti is outrageously good throughout January, February and March, with February being calving month for the Great Migration. Safari aficionados flock to the Serengeti at this time of year, solely for the chance of combining their trip with the two to three weeks when the migration is calving in full.

This is the time of year when approximately 500,000 wildebeest are born in less than a month! It is also at this time that the Serengeti becomes the finest place in Africa to view cheetah, and the sheer concentration of predators on the huge open plains is astonishing. We also use a couple of camps down in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (effectively an extension of the Serengeti), which offer in addition some of the finest cultural interactions and walking operations on the continent. A trip designed around the Serengeti and Ngorongoro is superb for February.

South Africa

South Africa is a great destination in February, particularly down in Cape Town and along the famous Garden Route. The climate differs greatly between the north and south of the country, but a safari in both the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands is still superb.

Kenya

Kenya is in its hot dry season in February and is excellent both for big game and bird viewing. As many water sources dry up animals congregate around watering holes making game viewing much easier than the wetter months. The calving season is now also underway and all the cats are extremely active trying to use this opportunity for easy prey.

Great Destinations in February

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