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Safari after darkish – Aardvark Safaris

When most avid safari-goers envisage their African journey, it’s unlikely that the animals they think about seeing are the nocturnal creatures that emerge at nightfall. Nonetheless, this shouldn’t detract from their wonderful survival potential within the bush at evening, particularly as that is when probably the most highly effective predators are on the prowl too. These stealthy creatures are more durable to seek out however extra rewarding to identify than the stereotypical bucket-list tick-offs. A safari after darkish is an exhilarating addition to a conventional safari and one which we extremely advocate.  

Nocturnal sightings


Our namesake, with its snout nostril, lengthy ears, highly effective claws and hunched demeanor, these sought-after mammals are distinctive. Throughout the evening they’re seen, nostril to the bottom, looking for out termite and ant colonies in woodlands, scrubs and grasslands. Sightings are uncommon as Emily from our group found on her current journey to Machaba Camp in Botswana. Her information noticed the distinctive three-finger-like prints within the sand as they tracked the elusive animal however to no avail, sadly.

Aardvark at night - Adam Bannister

Picture credit score – Adam Bannister – Home within the Wild

Honey badger

The omnivorous honey badger is one other nocturnal favourite; brazen and aggressive, they’ve been recognized to assault even the deadliest of predators. Their identify is assumed to have originated from their potential to disregard bee stings and raid beehives to gorge on the honey and larvae inside, however in addition they fortunately eat small reptiles, rodents, birds and fruit. Throughout a keep at Luangwa Bush Camp Jo was lucky sufficient to identify one hanging across the kitchen ready for one in every of their 5 a day.  This unbelievable {photograph} was captured by Brendon Jennings, a information at Kariega Major Lodge on a current evening drive. 

Kariega Game Reserve - Honey badger

Picture credit score – Brendon Jennings – Kariega Sport Reserve


Pangolins are solitary and energetic largely at evening. Sadly, this isn’t the one motive why sightings are uncommon as all species are declining due to poaching and unlawful commerce. &Past has pioneered a pangolin conservation programme in Phinda Non-public Sport Reserve to assist safe the long-term survival of those intriguing creatures. Friends who keep at any of the six Phinda lodges inlcuding Phinda Homestead can be a part of a researcher from the conservation group as they conduct well being checks and acquire essential knowledge for his or her analysis. Funds raised from this expertise go into the undertaking for the acquisition of tags, gear, veterinary prices, and the care of all of the reserve’s pangolins. It is a distinctive and rewarding expertise that offers you an perception into these shy and pleasant creatures.


Picture credit score – &Past Phinda Sport Reserve

Black leopard

A smooth black leopard named Giza rocketed to fame when she was noticed at Laikipia Wilderness Camp throughout the Covid pandemic. Amid the worldwide chaos, Giza’s golden leopard mom launched the world to her one-year-old black cub. Laikipia continues to be her residence and safari-goers have flocked from internationally for the chance to catch a glimpse of her. Lucinda was fortunate sufficient to look at her in motion trying to find a dik-dik throughout her current journey to Kenya. Her color comes from a uncommon genetic selection and regardless of Giza being the perfect recognized, different black leopards have additionally been seen within the space, and one may select to assist her proceed her genes sooner or later.

DanPeel Giza the black leopard

Picture credit score – Dan Peel – Laikipia Wilderness Camp

As wonderful as the large predators, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, and their well-known fellows could also be, contemplate including an encounter with Africa’s nocturnal wildlife to your subsequent safari ‘to-do’ listing; regardless of how giant or small, it’s going to assure a memorable expertise for all.





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