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Tanzania in February

February

February is the second month of the short dry season – many herbivores are calving, and plenty of migratory birds may be viewed in the Selous and Ruaha.

What's the weather going to be like in Tanzania in February?

  • Days tend to be hot and dry, although there is a chance of rain in the afternoon
  • February is part of the short dry season
  • This is one of the hottest months of the year – on Zanzibar, temperatures reach 40 degrees
  • Hot enough for YZ to recommend packing light clothing
  • Northern parks are more likely to stay dry, whereas western parks tend to receive a lot of rain and temperatures will peak to high degrees in the southern parks

What are the highlights of visiting Tanzania in February?

  • Prices are relatively reasonable, and parks are less crowded
  • Landscapes are still beautifully green following the short rains of November–December
  • There are fewer mosquitoes in the northern parks
  • It’s the middle of calving season, so there are lots of newborn animals running around – and a lot of predator action too
  • February is the best month to see the Great Migration calving season, in Ndutu in the south of the Serengeti
  • There are plenty of interesting migratory bird species, particularly in the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park – and there are vast flocks of flamingos, greater and lesser, at Lake Natron
  • Zanzibar is particularly dry, and music fans can head to the idyllic island for the Swahili music festival, Sauti za Busara, which takes place in Stone Town
  • There are wonderful opportunities to photograph newborns within the lush landscapes of many of Tanzania’s safari areas

Any lowlights?

  • It’s a busy time in the Ndutu area of the South Serengeti, so if you wish to holiday here you’ll need to book accommodation well in advance
  • February is one of the hottest months – too hot for some travellers
  • High humidity and moist air bring out mosquitoes in South Tanzania
  • Game viewing is not so good in the Selous, Ruaha, and Katavi National Park
  • Rain can cause flooding in Katavi Mahale, so chimpanzee treks are more difficult at this time of year

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