February is reputed to be the month of love, and there’s undeniable romance in an African safari in February. Whether you get seduced by salt pans, fall for the adorable brand-new wildebeest, feel an attraction toward the most romantic safari lodges in Africa, or marvel at nature’s tough love with only the fittest surviving, we’ve selected five of the best safari destinations for a safari in February.
By February, the summer rains have transformed Botswana’s salt pans into a magnet for flamingoes. The Makgadikgadi becomes the perfect place to pan for birding gold (or pink) and Botswana’s little known but no less spectacular migrating Zebra, which come for the lush seasonal grazing. It’s also a good time to extend your safari to the Central Kalahari where the now abundant grassy valleys attract large herds of herbivores and of course, their predators. Continue exploring...
- Memorable moments, like seeing the Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration on the move, are what safari dreams are made of. © Uncharted Africa
- This lion seems to have spotted something of interest in the Central Kalahari. © Wilderness Safaris
- It's magnificent to see the Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration on the pans. © Uncharted Africa
- Pretty springbok can be found in numbers on Tau Pan. © Kwando Safaris
The Fairest Cape enjoys a Mediterranean climate, quite different from the rest of South Africa and is the perfect accompaniment to a safari in February. Warm dry summers (from December to February) are perfect for sipping wine, watching whales and exploring the Garden Route and Western Cape’s pretty coastal towns – or for a slow safari in the Cederberg Mountains or Cape Floral Kingdom. Continue exploring…
- You can see elephant right from your private deck at Gorah Elephant Camp. © Hunter Hotels
- Take a walk down to the sea from Ocean House. © Morukuru Family
- The best time to see whales on a South African safari is during winter. © Morukuru Ocean House
- A picnic among the flowers is a highlight at Bushmans Kloof. © Red Carnation Hotels
Births on the Great Wildebeest Migration spike during February, as does the likelihood of seeing predator action. Africa’s best semi-permanent mobile camps give you a (very comfortable) front-row seat for your safari, before the herds (and the camps) move north again. Continue exploring…
- Seeing the Great Wildebeest Migration while on safari in the Serengeti is breathtaking. © &Beyond
- Serengeti Mobile Camp is split across two independent sections, each with their own dining and lounge areas. © Legendary Expeditions
- Watch as young and old wildebeest migrate across the Serengeti during calving season.
- You’ll love how bright the stars are when staying at Serengeti Under Canvas. © &Beyond
Mount Kilimanjaro provides the ultimate safari in February backdrop: with game from the dry plains being drawn to the well-watered Chyulu Hills, the wildlife viewing is excellent. Unwind in a hide, or feel the wind in your hair as you canter across the plains on a horseback safari. Continue exploring…
- Game drives from ol Donyo Lodge are punctuated with astounding views of Mount Kilimanjaro. © Great Plains Conservation
- You'll get to see elephant up close from the log-pile hide in Chyulu Hills. © Great Plains Conservation
- Giraffe and other wildlife view you as one of them when you’re on the back of a horse in Chyulu Hills, allowing you to get up close. © Great Plains Conservation
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Water, like love, can sometimes be hard to find. During northern Kenya’s dry seasons (June to October and December to March), the Ewaso Ngiro River in Samburu National Park is one of very few reliable sources. Jealous elephant herds vie for access, while the specially adapted Samburu Special Five seem to cope just fine. Continue exploring…
- Samburu elephant safari | There are 66 elephant groups that live in Samburu National Reserve and its surrounding ecosystems.
- This Samburu lioness is not concerned with the game drive vehicle next to her. © Saruni
- Sundowner Rock, near Sasaab, is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and watch the light change. © The Safari Collection