Posted by admin on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Several varieties of game drives are available in the Victoria Falls area, but the most exciting and often most rewarding of these is the night game drive. It goes without saying the nocturnal animals are rarely seen during daytime drives, so a night drive is an excellent choice if you want to see the less commonly sighted species such as porcupines, servals, genets, bushbabies and owls.
Predators are most active during the night time too, so your chances of seeing a lion or leopard in action are greatly enhanced on a night drive.
Most private game reserves offer night drives for their guests and those staying at accommodation in Victoria Falls. Usually you will be picked up from your Victoria Falls lodgings around 6 pm in the evening, just in time to enjoy a sundowner before embarking on your drive in an open four wheel drive vehicle.
The still air, punctuated by the unusual night sounds of the bush, sets the tone for the evening’s activities as you set off across undulating landscapes in search of your share of the abundant species resident in the Victoria Falls area. Your guide will chatter to you in hushed tones, sharing a wealth of bush lore and game spotting tips, explaining the intricacies of after-dark activities in the wilderness as you travel along.
Now and again, he or she will point out some tiny detail of the bush – an interesting insect or nocturnal bird, all the while scanning the bush for something more substantial. It is very rare that any night drive does not contain at least one memorable sighting be it an African Wild Cat or an impala in repose, and more often than not you will come across sought-after game species. The guides employed on these excursions are highly skilled professionals, well-versed in the ways of the wild, and will more often than not lead you to sightings of elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and even leopard.
After your exhilarating experience of true African nightlife, some reserves provide the option of a bush dinner where you can dine outdoors under the stars. Here you can expect sumptuous traditional fare accompanied by fine wines sipped around a raging camp fire and the enjoyment of going through the day’s sightings with fellow travellers.