An exciting and atmospheric activity.
Something we have done a number of times recently and as we are not in a reserve means we are not limited by gate times.
The guests often have an earlier dinner, maybe at 7 and then head off at 8 into the depths of the night. The guides armed with ponchos to keep you warm and the red filterd lights, white lights can temporarily blind animals. So here is a round up of the species with have seen in the last month on out night drives:
Aardvark, pregnant female cheetah, countless hippos feeding out of the water (almost guaranteed), springhares (mini kangaroos), leopards out hunting, bush babies jumping through the trees, hyaenas hunting an impala, python in a tree, elephants sleeping, giant eagle owl hunting guinea fowl. You just don’t know what the night will reveal. What is guaranteed is an stunning blanket of southern hemisphere stars, often fun to have a stop and do a spot of astronomy.
Some astronomy shots taken in a recent night drive by one of our guests Francois: