Wildlife safari February, locations are chosen for:
• The weather, as wet weather often means animals will shelter while long spells of rain stimulate growth of vegetation that hides to creatures, especially out in the great plains of East and South Africa. In Namibia rain means the wildlife does not have to rely on waterholes near to rest camps. So…dry seasons are best for safaris!
• The frequency of animal sightings generally, especially the Big Five in Africa (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros), the tiger in India and so on. Bugbog crew has been to most of these locations.
Safari February: Self-drive or guided tour?
Note that in some locations you can get along pretty well by yourself, whether it’s walking or self-drive (e.g. Kruger in South Africa, Etosha in Namibia). But in some places you need not just a safari guide but a good safari guide who is pleasant, informative and knows where the beasts are/will be. Preferably without dozens of other tourists in the same place (e.g. Kenya, Amazon, Borneo).
Marine life safari February
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
This distant group of bleak, volcanic islands groans under the weight of weird and wonderful animals unaffected by human visitors. Best January-March. Avoid July/August and September, October, November.
February is (normally, and possibly right from the month’s start) the month when 600m or so monarch butterflies arrive in the Michoacan province of Mexico for their annual convention, shrouding forests with shimmering, gaudy cloaks. Head for the El Rosario butterfly reserve.
Antarctic and South Georgia cruises.
Seals, penguin, albatross, whales and more await tourists who can handle the choppy seas. Best December-January. OK November, February, March.