Tanzania

Tanzania in February

February weather and where to go

As with January, the rains depend on your chosen location in Tanzania. Northern parks are likely to see drier periods while western parks remain fairly rainy throughout.The chart below shows the averages for the Serengeti throughout the month and the comparative average rainfall in Zanzibar

February is definitely the best time of year to see wildebeest calving. This usually happens in Ndutu in the southern part of the Serengeti where millions of wildebeest congregate to feed on the grasses and give birth to their calves. Around 500,000 wildebeest calves are born which makes for a great sight on safari, perhaps glimpsing their first teetering steps in their new habitat. 

This does also mean that there will be plenty of predators in the surrounding areas waiting to make the most of the numerous prey on offer.

If you are a keen birdwatcher December to March is a great time to head to Selous and Ruaha as European migratory birds arrive and males are out in full force vying for the females’ attention. Look out for the colourful Northern Carmine bee-eaters seeking out grasshoppers in the undergrowth.

Similarly, February is the best time of year to see the Greater and Lesser flamingos around Lake Natron. However, these birds can be somewhat unpredictable so they might not always be where you expect them to be! 

In Zanzibar, the Swahili music festival Sauti ze Busara brings African music to life with performances and festivities throughout Stone Town. This is a great chance to visit the beaches too before the rains commence as February has one of the lowest average rainfall levels in Zanzibar all year.

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