December has Christmas, January the sales and what about February? Valentines. Yawn. On the plus side, you get that week off from school that has me dreaming of hot weather holidays in February. Africa may not be the first destination that springs to mind for places to holiday in February but it should! February in Africa is varying shades of hot. Among the best beach holidays in February you can have are Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, Mauritius and the Seychelles.
Holidays to Egypt
Holidays to Egypt are a perfect hot holiday in February if you are living in Europe. With just a 5 hour flight from London, you can travel to Egypt in February (including direct flights to the beach resort of Sharm El-Sheikh). You get beach holidays in February either by the Red Sea or Sharm El-Sheikh. Holidays in the sun in February in Egypt can include a bit of culture with a visit to the museums of Cairo and/or a Nile Cruise.
The average weather in Egypt is 24 C (75 F) during the daytime with an average of 10 hours of sunshine.
A Nile River cruise is a great way to see the still impressive ruins of Ancient Egypt as well as life along the banks of the Nile. You can go on a cruise that that lasts from 3-10 days. Depending on the length of the cruise will include Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. Visit archeological sites that date back thousands of years including such well known places like the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Horus at Edfu.
There is a lot of variety among Nile River cruisers so do be careful and check what your cruise involves – from how many people are on the cruise to the comfort level of the rooms.
Sharm el-Sheikh is a holiday resort on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. With its subtropical climate, Sharm El-Sheikh is a perfect destination for beach holidays in February.
With around hotels in this resort, including some of the biggest names in the luxury resort sector such as the Ritz Carlton and the Four Seasons, you can score yourself some pretty good deals for places to holiday in February.
In addition to the beach and water-related sports, there is a charming small town in Sharm El-Sheikh with a small market harkening back to the days when the resort was just a small fishing village. In terms of water sports, we went snorkelling and also got to see dolphins in the Gulf of Aqaba (which turned out to be the highlight of our trip!).
Holidays to Ghana
Ghana, at any time of year, is amazing. The people are wonderful and there’s a huge variety of things to do. For nature lovers there are safari treks and surfing or you can tackle the forest canopy walkway at Kakum. For culture travelers, the arts scene, from crafts and painting to music and dance is brilliant. And history abounds in Ashanti country and in slave forts all along Ghana‘s coast.
I kid you not, Ghana is all of these things, and it’s one of the safest and most stable African countries. The fact that most people speak English in addition to their local languages makes this one of the best, and easiest, African countries to travel to.
February is an excellent time for holidays to Ghana. While the near-perfect weather doesn’t vary much, this time of year is a bit cooler and less humid and there’s very little rain.
It’s that lack of rain that creates ideal wildlife viewing conditions, especially at Mole National park and the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary in Northern Ghana.
At Mole, the dry season encourages more animals to seek out the watering hole that can be seen from Mole Motel. There will be elephants, baboons, warthogs and crocodiles as well as several variety of antelope. You can also take a ranger trek by truck, or on foot, to the watering hole for an up-close view.
At the Weichiau Hippo sanctuary, the February dry season means you’ll be able to go out safely in a canoe and be able to see more than just their eyes and tops of their ears.
Need a fun adventure adventure break from the winter cold? Take your holidays in Ghana. You won’t regret it.
– by Trina Marie Phillips of Team Hazard Rides Again
Holidays to Mauritius
Mauritius is a gorgeous island located in the Indian Ocean in Africa.
And, with its tropical weather, you can expect them to have top notch weather all year round.
Known for its beaches, amazing people and delicious food, this amazing island is the perfect place to spend your time over the winter months.
So when is the best time to go to Mauritius?
I would say the warmest months would then be December, January, and February which is what is considered summer in Mauritius.
February is typically a hot month in Mauritius with average temperatures usually staying around the 26°C.
Mauritius has plenty of things you can do when you visit. They have amazing watersports such as waterskiing and windsurfing, or you can spend your time enjoying and taking in Nature’s Gorgeous Seven-Colored Earth. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy the beautiful and peaceful Northern Beach, which is located on the north side of Mauritius.
– by Divine Mwimba of Live and Earn Canada
Holidays To Marrakech (Morocco)
When it comes to February sun, a Marrakech winter city break can be perfect. The mild Moroccan winter is coming to an end by February and temperatures are heating up. It’s generally clear and sunny, so you can relax and soak in the rays during the day. Best of all, February is an inexpensive time to book airfare and lodging in Marrakech.
February weather in Marrakech is perfect to tour the medina, or old city. You can also lounge by a pool at your resort and enjoy swimming outside in February. You can spend time in the sun by booking an outdoor excursion like camel riding, hiking or quad riding. February is simply perfect for any outdoor activity in Marrakech.
Be prepared for some fluctuations in temperature because you will need a jacket at night as temperatures drop. A light jacket makes it perfect to enjoy the stunning starscape of Marrakech. The city is famous for low light pollution and some resorts even cater to sky-gazers who seek brilliant night views. Whatever you choose to do in February on your holidays to Marrakech, you will not be disappointed.
– by Derek Hartman of Robe Trotting
Holidays to Mozambique
Stretching along the south-eastern coast of Africa, Mozambique’s crystal blue waters are some of the best you can find throughout the Indian Ocean, challenging even holidays to Mauritius and the Seychelles as a go to luxury beach destination.
Bazaruto Archipelago, just off of Vilanculos, is the ultimate destination for a luxury beachside retreat, offering fantastic diving and some of the best beaches in the world. Made up of six islands, with Bazaruto itself and Benguerra being the two largest, the archipelago is a boat or helicopter ride away from Vilanculos and if you get the chance to see it from the air, it’s certainly a sight you’ll never forget!
A number of stunning boutique resorts dot the shoreline, fronting out to the turquoise waters with jaw dropping sunsets every evening. Stay at Azura Benguerra in deluxe bungalows and soak up the sun by your private pool while being tended to by your own private butler.
Spend your days out climbing high up the sandy dunes, enjoying a secluded picnic on the beach or relaxing upon a traditional dhow boat with a cold one whilst the sun goes down. For the more adventurous, you can head out on a boat to dive the majestic 2-mile reef, one of the area’s most beautiful dive sites!
– by Laura and Charlie from The Travelling Stomach
Holidays to Nigeria
In mаnу рlасеѕ аrоund thе wоrld, winter mеаnѕ соld wеаthеr аnd аdvеrѕе wеаthеr соndіtіоnѕ. However, not in Africa. Nigeria, located in West Africa, is an ideal place to visit for winter sun getaway in February with over 300 days of sunshine. The temperate, tropical climate, and welcoming people will bring warmth that you would not experience anywhere else.
When you fly to Nigeria, you most likely will arrive at the Lagos international airport. Lagos, located on the west coast of Nigeria, is blessed with amazing beaches.
To get your trip started, visit the La Campagne Tropicana. This resort is one of the best getaways in Lagos with activities like hіkіng, fishing, hunting, ѕwіmmіng, and саnоеіng nearby. For a low key vacation, opt-in for the rеѕоrt’ѕ mіnі-ѕра fоr аn еxсluѕіvе and rеlаxіng tіmе. Yоu will lоvе that bеаutіful resort is fаr rеmоvеd frоm thе hustle and buѕtlе of Lagos.
For another ultimate experience, head to Abrаkа Turf аnd Country Club located in the oil-rich region of Dеltа Stаtе. This Country Club is the place to be since you will have access to golfing, deep river diving, kayaking, and several savannah adventures. You will experience nature at its best.
From thе white sandy beaches to lush vеgеtаtіоn, Nіgеrіа іѕ fіllеd with аn unlіmіtеd numbеr оf things to do to escape the cold winter. Thеrе іѕ ѕо muсh tо ѕее аnd dо іn whеthеr уоu ѕееk thrills оr tіmе tо rеlаx аnd unwіnd. Vіѕіt Nіgеrіа to create unforgettable mеmоrіеѕ and for an experience of a lifetime!
– by Lydia from Africa Wanderlust
Holidays To The Seychelles
Seychelles, an archipelago of mesmerizing 115 islands has a moderate climate all year round and therefore it is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the winter sun.
Seychelles is home to some of the best beaches in the world and therefore it offers an excellent winter afternoon at a beach when the climate is pretty moderate. In fact February is one of the best months for holidays to the Seychelles as the crowds are generally lesser.
Seychelles has many adventurous activities to do including rock climbing and hiking and during February when its extreme cold in most of the countries in the world, Seychelles presents an excellent time to enjoy the outdoor activities.
Usually the temperature is above 20 C (68 F) this month making it perfect for holidays in the sun in February. Along with enjoying the winter sun, one gets to enjoy scuba diving and other water activities during February.
– by Nabiha Khan by Verses By A Voyager
Holidays To South Africa
Although South Africa may be a long way to go for hot weather holidays in February, you don’t experience jet lag because there is no time zone difference with London. Plus, there are lots of direct flights to Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. In terms of hot places to travel in February, you can choose between a city break, a wine tour, a safari or a beach holiday – or a mix and match of these options.
The Garden Route, South Africa
Situated along the south-eastern coast of South Africa, the Garden Route is a splendid place for some time in the sun. February’s summer climate along the Garden Route South Africa is mild compared to the rest of the country, with temperatures rarely going over 83°F.
This means enjoyable days outside, without any uncomfortable heat. The region sees rain all year round, but it’s often short, warm showers in summer, and barely enough to ruin a vacation.
The towns along the 186-mile stretch boast stunning beaches, relaxing lagoons, and even lush forests. Activities along this coastal paradise range from snorkeling and boat rides to skydiving and white river rafting. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re an adventure junky or prefer quieter experiences.
There are also many animal sanctuaries along the way, including conservation centers for elephants, birds, monkeys, and even wolves.
There’s also a wide variety of accommodation options, with some of the most unique places to stay. These include houses built into treetops, retired train carriages, and houseboats. The Garden Route South Africa shows off the best of the country and steals the heart of almost every traveler that explores its beauty.
– by Matt Davison of TicketsNTour
Durban or Johannesburg and Safari
February in Johannesburg falls in the summer season which is warm (and a bit wet). The average daytime temperature is 26 C (78 F).
There are plenty of things to do in Johannesburg which is South Africa’s largest city. Must-visit place are the amazing Apartheid Museum and Constitutional Hill (where Gandhi was imprisoned). Johannesburg also has a great restaurant and foodie scene. You may just want to hang out at the hotel pool or go see sites outside of Johannesburg.
Near Johannesburg there are several interesting sites. For example, you can visit the township of Soweto or Lesedi Cultural Village to learn more about Africa. The Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng is a fascinating look at early mankind.
You can even take a day trip to Pilanesburg for a safari. If you have more time, definitely drive the scenic Panorama Route and visit Kruger National Park for a couple of days of safari that you will never forget.
If you are looking for hot holidays in February you can’t beat Durban. The city is hot and humid in February with average daytime temperatures of 28 C (82 F) and an average of 7 hours of sunshine. With its miles of golden sand coastline, Durban is one of the best beach holidays in February you can pick.
There are plenty of activities to do in Durban such as enjoying its fantastic Indian food. Venture a little further along the Elephant Coast though and you will find more beautiful beaches as well as wetlands that offer safari possibilities. The free roaming elephants that characterised this area (and gave the area its name) have disappeared except in the national parks of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
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