South Africa

South Africa in February

South Africa in February: Weather and where to go

As with January, February in South Africa has notable rainfall usually in the form of heavy downpours. This is somewhat unpredictable but is unlikely to perpetuate whole days and therefore safaris are still possible and pleasant.

Temperatures are still in the high 20s throughout the day and evening so layers won’t be necessary for game drives.

Thanks to the rainfall of the green season, antelope will give birth at this time to give their young the best chance of survival due to the availability of water supplies across the reserves. It is possible to see the calving season of impala, gemsbok, eland and plenty more so please ask our destination specialists for the best locations. 

South African vegetation is at its thickest at the end of the rainy season and therefore wildlife can be difficult to view, however, predators won’t miss out on the chance to catch vulnerable prey during this calving period.

The green season is also the best time of year to spot birdlife so have your binoculars and cameras at the ready to see them flit from tree-to-tree and see water birds dwelling around the numerous water sources.

The Garden Route has much less rainfall during the summer than the northern and eastern parts of the country so visiting Port Elizabeth and Cape Town from November to February can be very agreeable. Why not add wine tasting to your safari experience or climb table mountain to take in the spectacular views of the city and sea? 

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