Night game drive in Serengeti national park is one of the best dream experience any one can ever wish to do second to the Balloon safari. It’s unfortunate that Night game drive in Serengeti national park are not allowed at all and if one is got your ae penalised for that.
The most common seen wildlife at night are the nocturnal animals like Bush Babies which got their name from their carrying style like newly born babies, Civets which is in the group of cats but like moving and hunting mostly at night, Aardvarks among others, birds like wood owls, night Jars and others. There is a lot of action at night which can be experienced when these animals go for hunting and a majority like fresh meat and blood, you will be hearing songs of the night birds as they compete from different angles of Serengeti national park.
The Night game drive in Serengeti national park though not permitted can be done at the outskirts of Serengeti national park and they are mostly organised by the world-class lodges around the park. The Night game drive in Serengeti national park takes only two to three hours starting from 8 pm to around 11 pm but within few kilometres away from the lodge compound. The Night game drive in Serengeti national park are also done from the outside part of the park around Ikoma area but has much to offer since most animals move around the area.
These lodges have taken the advantage that the park is not fenced hence no boundaries and this has helped them satisfy the needs of their guests, Night game drive in Serengeti national park cannot be booked in advance instead it’s an arrangement the guest or tour guide can arrange with the camp on that very day. These game drives are always determined by the weather of the day, if the rain has rained too much they will not arrange and they are mostly done during dry season of the year from June to October
During the Night game drive in Serengeti national park, the bushes are generally different with reflection of the Stars and moon, seeing the eyes of the animals reflect the car light Gold or reflector. Night game drives can be done in Lake Manyara as one of the few only parks in Tanzania that the park Authorities allow the night game drives. The activity gives one the life time experience the only complete experience of the park as one gets chance to explore both day and night seeing different animal species.
Lake Manyara night game drives start after your dinner mostly from 8:00pm with briefing from the park rangers who will be your guide, park regulations clearly read to the guests on the “dos” and “don’ts” at the time of the game drive. Guests are supposed to give maximum cooperation during this night game drive since that is the calmest time of the nature, most of the day time animals are resting and relaxing while the nocturnal animals are on search for food and water.
The lake Manyara has the best moon reflecting moments in Africa, the game drive lasts for only 2 hours and starts from the main gate where your driver will drop and wait for you from after the game drive. Sometimes they use Lake Manyara Serena Hotel as an assembly point, for pick up and drop then the driver guide of the guest picks you up from there.
The game drive is much rewarding since you are led by the team of experts only rangers of the park which has experience, they know all the corners of the park, where to find which animal. The most common animals are Shy Genet, civet, Porcupines, lions, Hippos, Bush babies, Aardvarks, leopards and others.
In order for the guest to do a night game drive in Lake Manyara the following must be observed:
- The guest must pay the park entry fee at the day time which expires in 24 hours’ time
- The guest pays an extra fee for the night game drive which caters for ranger and car for the game drive please note that only the park safari vans are allowed to be used during the game drive
- Guests are collected from the main get after clearing with the park authorities and nor driver guide is allowed to go for the night game drive unless he pays.
In case of any other arrangement for pick up, the guests can be picked up from Lake Manyara Serena lodge and be brought back to the same point after the game drive.