By February, the short, tropical rains in southern Africa continues. This time of year sees days when huge storms and short rains occur.
If your priority is a big game viewing safari, the majority of Zambia, Zimbabwe and southern Tanzania is best avoided at this time of year. Northern Tanzania and Kenya, however, do not experience the heavy rains until April and May, and both are excellent for game viewing. The Great Migration's calving season is in full swing, and all the cats are at their most active as they hunt among the large herds. Gorilla trekking is perfect in February, as Rwanda, like Kenya and Tanzania, is in its dry season.
Green season in Tanzania’s Nyerere National Park is the best time to track huge packs of wild dog hunting impala, a rare experience in most other months. Migratory northern carmine bee-eaters also make Nyerere National Park their home in February. This is the time to witness them dive bombing as your safari vehicle flushes out small insects and other prey.
Great wildlife can be seen as February is still in the dry season for Uganda. Rutting of the Kob antelope is particularly fascinating in Queen Elizabeth National Park, which also boasts lion and leopard. There is also the opportunity to spend time with scientific wildlife researchers here.
Chimpanzee and gorilla-trekking is wonderful as it is Rwanda's dry season. One can also go on primate safaris in Uganda and the Republic of Congo in February.
February is the harvest period in the Winelands. Learn more about the winemaking process and enjoy the vibrant wine festivals. Immerse yourself in the laid back atmosphere of Cape Town, the magical beaches, walking, city life and wildlife in the western Cape.
This is the calving time for antelope, migrant birds are in abundance, foliage is thicker and greener, there's plenty of water and wildlife is very relaxed. It's a beautiful time of year and one must simply be prepared for the rains. The Kalahari desert and Makgadikgadi salt pans and Chobe National Park provide much diversity for a safari in February.
The Great Migration's calving season is in full swing in the Serengeti, and all the cats are at their most active as they hunt among the large herds. This is Africa’s greatest wildlife phenomenon when two million animals converge on the plains in search of new grasses.
This is a time for wonderful birding as the migrant species are abounding. It is a wonderful time to see wildlife in a very natural state. There are few tourists, the foliage is thicker and greener, there is plenty of water and the animals are relaxed. One must simply be prepared for the rains.
February's continued good weather results in fantastic wildlife and birdlife viewing in National Parks and Reserves. Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks are particularly good at this time of year. There is excellent visibility for snorkelling and diving off the coast where you can swim alongside dolphins in Lamu.
February is one of the few months each year that one can visit Zakouma National Park, an astounding wildlife haven carefully restored by African Parks. Combine with an explorations of Ennedi to get truly off the beaten track.
Green season in Tanzania’s southern Nyerere (Selous) National Park is the best time to track huge packs of wild dog hunting impala, a rare experience in most other months. Migratory northern carmine bee-eaters also make Nyerere National Park their home in February.
The season continues for turtle nesting of leatherback and the loggerhead turtles along the southern African coastline. Look out for Maputaland in South Africa where they have several sites.
The waters are low in the fringes of the Delta giving a greater access to land. This is a wonderful time to see wildlife by game drive vehicle, take a mobile safari and walk with your guide.
Lamu and the Kenya coastline are sublime at this time and one can snorkel and swim alongside dolphins. The best time for a marine safari is from November to March.