At first glance the desert and salt pans of Makgadikgadi might appear empty, but nothing is farther from the truth: the flora and fauna are there, you just have to look for them. When the first rains come, the land erupts with flowering plants, including the most striking desert flowers. Zebra and wildebeest feast after several long, hungry months. February is also a wonderful month for walking safaris in Botswana.
Birth is a remarkable thing, whatever the species, and visiting Tanzania in February you’ll be first on the scene as wildebeest calves take their first faltering steps in this world. In a matter of weeks some 600,000 calves will be delivered. See the wildebeest birthing in the Ngorongoro Crater before tracking chimpanzee through the Mahale Mountains. This incredible combination of experiences is easy to enjoy in February.