Whereas day time game drives take place early mornings and late afternoons, night safari drives happen in the dark, usually starting at 7pm and lasting for about two to three hours. These night game drives are quite a thrill and provide a wonderful opportunity to spot the nocturnal animals which are more active at night than during the day. So which of these nocturnal animals are you likely to see at night rather than during a day time game drive ? Well some of this nocturnal wildlife includes Aardvark, Leopards, Hippos, Bat Eared Fox, Silver backed jackal, Honeybadger, Striped Hyena, Banded Mongoose as well as Bush Baby, Bush Pig, Caracal, Genet Cat, Cape Hares, Porcupines, Civet cats, Aardwolf and Owl.
Note that these night game drives are not permitted within National Parks and Wildlife Reserves in Kenya and only take place inside selected private conservancies such as Mara North Conservancy, Mara Naboisho, Siana, Trans Mara and Olare Motorogi conservancy (located just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve) as well as Ol Pejeta conservancy in Nanyuki. Soysambu Conservancy at Lake Elementaita also offers night safari drives for guests staying at Lake Elemantaita Serena Camp or Mbweha Lodge. For travellers wishing to book a night safari while in Kenya, do contact us for prices and to check availability at suitable camps or lodges where this activity is offered to guests.
As to what time or when these night game drives take place, the typical timing is from 7pm to 9pm ( to start the game drive), with a typical duration of 2 hours. The 9 pm night safari would therefore occur after dinner while the 7 pm one takes place before dinner. Note that private vehicles are not permitted on night game drives whilst unaccompanied and in most locations it is mandatory to have an authorised guide and driver to accompany guests and provide the night safari in line with the local conservancy rules. At most locations infact the night game drive is to be booked via the lodge or camp you will be staying at overnight.
The night safari fees and price varies depending on the conservancy concerned and is exclusive of park / conservancy entry fees. Generally prices range from US$ 60 to US$ 120 per adult per night game drive. Child rates are applicable.
These night game drives are conducted by experienced local guides in 4x4 Land Cruiser or Land Rover vehicles fitted with powerful lights for proper vision at night ( these lights are fitted with animal-friendly red filters). In Masai Mara some of these guides are the expert local Maasai wildlife guidess. Prior to your game drives, your driver guide or local guide will always brief you on the activities depending on the location of your accommodation.