Where to Safari in February

"By February the safari destinations in Africa are in the midst of their rainy season, often with massive cloud build-ups and thunderstorms each afternoon"

Just like January, February offers a multitude of memorable safari opportunities for those that like to get off the beaten track and who know where to go (and yes, we do!). It is still the rainy season in southern Africa and the region is teeming with newly born wildlife venturing out into the lush surrounds. The landscape is beautiful, sunsets are spectacular and visitor numbers are still low.

East Africa is still enjoying its mini dry season, with sunny, clear days and excellent game viewing all round. The herds are now gathering in the far south of the Serengeti and calving season is about to start.

February is a great time to visit Mafia Island off the Tanzanian Coast for some whale shark interaction. Diving with these giants makes for a once in a lifetime experience!

In South Africa the climate differs greatly between the north (summer rainfall) and south (winter rainfall) of the country, but a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park, including the Timbavati and Sabi Sands Game Reserves, is still superb.

In Botswana, it is the rainy season, which brings the arid areas of the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari to life. These areas are spectacular at this time of year with lots of grazing and water around – the perfect combination for game viewing. Nxai Pan in the Makgadikgadi National Park is particularly magical in February with thousands of zebras on the pans and some impressive predator action.

The table below indicates the locations which we rate as the best and good in February.

Where to go in February

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