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Tips for Wildlife Viewing

Posted by on November 1st, 2019

Category: Southern Africa

Tubu Tree Camp in the Okavango Delta – A Wilderness Safari Camp

Once we’ve organised your Safari trip, we want to be sure that you make the most of your exclusive journey to Africa.  So we love to offer advice on what to pack in terms of safari clothing and kit, as well as supplying you with lots of regional information, city restaurant recommendations (if you include Cape Town or Victoria Falls) and most importantly what you can expect to experience once you’ve arrived at your glorious safari camp!

Below we have compiled a list of Tips for Wildlife Viewing sourced from one of the top camp owners and operators in Southern Africa – Wilderness Safaris.  We love to send our clients to camps within the Wilderness portfolio – these are top camps with expert guides and with some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet!


Game Drive – Robin Pope Safaris


These are essential, particularly for observing birds and small mammal species.  When larger animals are spotted at a distance, binoculars will enhance the enjoyment of those particular sightings.


Patience is a good virtue for wildlife viewing.  We always find that if you spend a little more time at a sighting, then other game will invariably appear out of the bush whilst you wait.

Majestic Leopard

Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to be out looking for wildlife. 

Go out just before dawn and get to enjoy the sunrise and enjoy sundowners in the afternoon! These are the best times for photography and animal activity peaks, with nocturnal species like leopard often still active.

Zebras at waterhole

During the heat of the day many animals will drink at waterholes

– for example elephant and zebra.  Many camps are located within view of a waterhole, so it’s easy to top up on game viewing time, whilst relaxing in camp with a cool drink.

Night drives

Some camps have afternoon into evening game drives.  So after your sundowner the nocturnal sightings can commence in earnest.  Some camps even take guests out after dinner.  These night-time forays into the bush are very exciting and can be really rewarding for nocturnal mammals sightings such as genet, bushbabies, leopard, porcupine, civet and if you are really lucky an aardvark!

Yellow billed storks

The best months for bird watching are December to April

Don’t fixate on just spotting the mammals – the birdlife is incredible!  Especially December to April when resident birds are most active and intra-African and Palaearctic migratory species are in the subregion.

Painted Reed Frog

Amphibians are best searched for in the warmer (and wetter) summer months. 

During this period the rains form seasonal pools that trigger their breeding activity which is accompanied by much calling.  Male frogs call to attract a mate, collectively becoming a chorus of different frog species which is quite a sound to hear.

Crocodile in Liwonde NP

Reptiles are also far more active in the summer months

– and this makes them easier to observe.  In the winter months they tend to aestivate – a period of dormancy and inactivity amongst most reptiles as a result of colder temperatures and drier conditions.


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