Okonjima After Dark

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As a private reserve, night-time game viewing activities are available at Okonjima, from intrepid drives to seek out big cats and predators to after dinner forays to a night hide to settle down with a drink and watch animals come to feed. Although somewhat staged, with food put out to attract semi-tame animals, visits to the night hide are highly enjoyable and allow you to see wildlife that is extremely elusive when fully wild in non-fenced national parks. So on our last visit, a group of hungry porcupines descended on the hide to munch on leftovers, while honey badgers and caracals are among the other possible rarities which could drop by. While the smaller animals will be glad not to see them, the guides speculate that leopard will sometimes visit the night hide, but we have never heard of this actually happening.

Leopards and hyena are far more likely to be spotted and tracked on the longer, post-dinner game drives within the 200 sq km tract of Okonjima private land. Given the generally relaxed nature of the big cats and predators roaming this reserve, nocturnal sightings are extremely regular and can last for significant periods at a time, providing outstanding photo opportunities.

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