February is also busy but not as busy as January. The weather is dry and perfect for travel.



With the long dry season well established, the grass grazed down and wildlife gathering close to water points, February is still a good time for a safari and good water clarity makes for excellent diving conditions.

You very likely to spot animals across the savannah as the grass is grazed down and just like in January animals congregate around the wet areas.

Again a good time to be on safari.



February is warm and sunny with short showers, which do not last long in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. This is the calving season for wildebeest – more than 200,000 calves are born each year the Serengeti / Ngorongoro ecosystem around Ndutu. All the game parks offer excellent bird watching in February including Eurasian migrants, which are present from October to April. At the coast it is dry and September to March is excellent for big game fishing (marlin, barracuda, sailfish, tuna) off Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba. It is low season in Southern and Western Tanzania game parks, and shoulder season in Zanzibar.


Mafia Island

February is the tail end of whale shark season. Diving outside of the bay is stunning at this time of year.

Weather is dry and warm but cooled by the Kaskazi (North) breeze and sometimes windy. Time for sleeping with a fan




Kilimanjaro & Mt Kenya

February, January and September are the best months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. February is usually dry, warm and clear with brief rain showers, which make good climbing conditions.



February is the last dry month before the rainy season which starts in March. February is an amazing month for birdwatchers in the Nyungwe National Park and Akagera National Park. A good time to explore Nyungwe National Park with its numerous different primates, birds, nearby tea plantation and the canopy walk.



Febuary is a dry month in Uganda and one of the highlights is fishing, which can be enjoyed at Lake Victoria and The Nile. February is good for bird watching and hiking in the Rwenzori Mountains.


South Africa

Head to: Even better beach weather long the Western Cape and Eastern Cape as the strong winds tend to die down. Locals are back at work and schools and tourist attractions less busy than in January. Perfect weather to combine a beach holiday in the Eastern Cape with a safari at one of the great private game reserves around the Addo National Park (malaria-free).

Avoid: Durban and the north KwaZulu-Natal coast, as the humidity is very high.



Nxai Pan National Park is thriving at this time of year with it’s mopane woodland in the north, and the famous Baines Baobabs and salt pans in the south. During the rainy season the pans become covered in luscious green grass attracting a tremendous array of birdlife, plains game and in turn predators.



February is rainy season in Madagascar and the country may have cyclones with heavy rain at the end of the afternoon and at night. Roads to Bekopaka, Belo/mer and Manja are closed because of the high level of rivers without bridges. Tsingy De Bemaraha National Park is closed. The bush, rice fields and vegetation are very green and trees, plants, cactus and orchids are in flower. With less visitors hotels are empty and a little cheaper. Long, hot and sunny days – ideal for botanists.



In February, many terrestrial orchids come into bloom in Nyika and can be seen across the plateau in colourful patches. The ideal time for spotting migrant birds is also during February and March. Once water and vegetation are no longer scare, the dynamics of elephant herds shift and they disperse into smaller units.

The rains tend to increase in February, but the cooler weather is ideal for comfortable game viewing.





TRUE African thunderstorms. There is nothing quite like the smell of rain in Namibia. Rainstorms typically happen in the late afternoon, clearing by evening. During the rainy season large herds of plains game can be seen west of Okaukuejo. Rainy season is lambing and calving season in Etosha. Migratory water birds and waders appear at Fischer’s Pan. 10 species of migratory raptors spend their summers in Etosha, including Bateleur and Tawny Eagles



Interesting interactions between crocodile, hippo and antelope as the waters rise and the rivers flow.
The days are warm and overnight equally so and the skies throw lightning and the sunrise/sunsets are stunning.
Again, great for wild dog and the birdlife is amazing as you see weavers build their nests and predators in the skies.



Great for birders, baby animals and good on the pocket too!

Whilst January, February and March fall in the rainy season they are still a great time to visit Zimbabwe as many animals give birth and there are lots of babies – The Ngamo Flats in Hwange and the Linkwasha concession are good plances to visit. Gonarezhou National Park and Eastern Highlands are excellent for birding at this time of the year. Waterfowl, cranes and ducks begin to nest.The Falls are in good flow with good visibility.


Republic of Congo

The availability of flowers and fruit bring out some good Greater Bleu Turaco sightings. Butterflies are out in great numbers, anyone with a macro-lens or an interest in butterflies will certainly get their fill. Isolated storms can sometimes pass you by, this can be an awesome sight at night as lighting lights up the forest.



Weather in February is similar to that in January in Bhutan and the winter period extends untill March. In February the maximum temperature can go up to 19° C and minimum 0.6 ° C.

Sometimes the Punakha Festival is scheduled at the end of February – it will be cold but the weather is not as extreme as in January.



February is probably the best time of the year for wildlife watching. As the water bodies continue to shrink, wildlife can be seen gathering near water bodies. The foliage starts to thin-out making visibility much better. Great time for birding and wildlife photography with clear and relatively dust free weather.

For visitors February is perhaps the most comfortable time of the year for wildlife watching. The temperature ranges between 25° C and 10° C. Early morning is still cold in open jeeps. Some showers can be expected in the earlier part of the month but these are usually for a short duration and safaris are unlikely to be cancelled.

Great time of the year to visit Kaziranga and the northeast as the forest dries up quicker and the tall grass (which usually is about 12-13ft tall in the winter months) is relatively shorter (about 4-6ft tall). There are great chances of spotting the big cats in Kaziranga during this February.



February is the best time of the year for wildlife watching. Water bodies continue to shrink and more wildlife can be seen gathering near water. The foliage starts to thin-out making visibility much better. Great birding and wildlife photography with clear and relatively dust free weather.

Throughout February daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 25°C and at night the temperature drops down to around 12°C. It is a good time to visit Chitwan and the west part of Nepal and from February and April migratory birds join the residential birds and create spectacular bird watching opportunities.


Sri Lanka

February is one of the best months for whale watching. During the past few years, sightings have peaked off Mirissa in February. Trincomalee is off access due to north east monsoon. Chance encounters may be possible off Kalpitiya if heading further away from the Dolphin line.

Probably the best month for birding across dry-zone due to presence of winter migrants while the rains should decrease as north east monsoon weakens. Endemics can be seen in Sinharaja, Kithulgala and central highlands. Sightings of lowland endemics remain consistent and nesting season also begins. However, you can expect more leeches especially in the rainforests due to wet conditions. Conditions should start to dry out towards the latter part of February.

Minneriya and Kaudulla would be off access unless north east monsoon fails. So elephants can be seen in Hurulu Forest reserve near Habarana but not in the same numbers as in the seasonal Gathering in Minneriya or Kaudulla national parks. Udawalawe would be the better option for elephant watching during this season.

Yala is very congested due to heavy tourist traffic. Villus will be overflowing in Wilpattu making leopards sightings difficult. Yala may provide more sightings, best option would be to use accommodation from Katagamuwa entrance.  Yala, Wilpattu and Kumana remain the best locations year-round for watching a variety of other wildlife including Spotted Deer, Sambar, Mugger Crocodile, Jackal, Black-naped Hare.



The temperature in February averages about 30 celsius. February is towards the end of the rainy season although, being a tropical country, short tropical showers can happen at any time. The seas are still nice and calm in February making for great snorkling, diving, fishing and island hoping between the 115 islands.

January to March is the peak hatching period for Hawksbill turtles which are still coming up to nest. The turtles and hatchlings can be more easily spotted on the outer islands which are heavily involved in conservation. There is an excellent chance of seeing the baby turtles emerging from the nest and making their way to the sea during February.



Temperature between 26-31 degrees Celsius approximately with very little wind / breeze and generally calm waters

Winter Monsoon actually does not affect the Maldives much in terms of rainfall – expect dry and clear weather

Main wildlife highlights possible: Turtles / Dolphin / Reef Sharks / Eagle-Sting Ray / Whale Sharks (South Ari Atoll)



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