A Night Drive In Kruger – Your Gateway To A Unique Wildlife World!
Safari, Night Drive, Wildlife, Kruger, South Africa
Imagine, it is pitch dark. The
stars above are brilliant and the milky way seems to go on forever, but around
you can see nothing but the huge shadows that surround your game drive vehicle.
So close you can smell them, you can scarcely breathe. Finally, you hear the
foliage snapping under their feet as the elephant herd moves away and you
breathe a sigh of relief. It is a thrilling and unforgettable experience.
You have experienced something
similar by day, but a night drive brings a whole new dimension to wildlife
encounters. Now you know why a night
drive in the in the Kruger park offers you access to a new wildlife world.
What Is A Night Drive?
Many international tourists may not
even be aware that night drives are available to them and what they are.
There are different ways that wild
animals can be viewed in the Greater Kruger National Park – either in your own
vehicle by day and the best time to go is at sunrise or sunset, but you are
restricted to when you need to be in your camp areas and there are many side
roads that only professional game rangers are permitted to take in 4 x 4
vehicles. You can also take walks with professional game rangers.
Professional safari companies like Jewel
of Africa Safaris also offer a night drive experience. Usually this will
depart in the late afternoon and you will only arrive back at camp after dark
and therefore part of the drive is a ‘night drive.’
Why Take A Night Drive?
A night drive is an enthralling and
entirely different experience. Because wildlife is accustomed to the headlights
of vehicles – you go out using powerful hand held spotlights and look for many
creatures that are usually only seen by night. The stars are also spectacularly
beautiful in the veld by night and there is an atmosphere that is electric as you
often don’t know what you will encounter.
What Do You Need?
Even when it is very warm by day,
an open sided vehicle by night in the veld can get very cold. Dress warmly and
the Game rangers will usually pack blankets for extra warmth and of course
plenty hot drinks! Obviously the spotlight is a must and have cameras that can
take good pictures in the light of the spotlight. Don’t use flashes
particularly in a close encounter as this can ‘spook’ the game!
What Will You See?
Prepare to see a myriad of ‘nightlife’
(Wildlife only usually seen by night) as you drive slowly through the bush.
Eyes glow out from the dark as the spotlight picks up night creatures. Some are
transfixed, but many instantly move away.
These include some of the predators
like the Leopard, much more of a nocturnal creature and very elusive by day –
and some of the other smaller cats. Hyaena, Wild dogs and a number of other
scavengers are opportunistic and prefer to operate under the cover of darkness
and are therefore much more commonly seen at night.
Beautiful, mysterious Owl’s eyes
stare back as you encounter them in the branches of the trees. The spotted
Eagle owl is one of the most common and other nocturnal birdlife, like
Nightjars can also be seen.
The African ‘bush baby’ or Galagos
– is a type of monkey also with huge eyes and another of the creatures seen
only by night, so a night drive in the
Kruger Park certainly is a whole new
We at Jewel of Africa safaris have several
packages that include visits to the Kruger National Park, so why not visit our
website to learn more? - Or contact
us and we will ensure you can create any package specifically tailor made
to suit your vacation requirements.