South Luangwa - Our Night Drives

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We met in the restaurant at Flatdogs Camp at 3:30 pm for tea, coffee and biscuits. The drive left at 4 pm. From Flatdags Camp it only took 5 minutes to the Park entrance. During the 2 hours before sunset we saw mammals venturing out from the shade to begin feeding. The evening hours yield some of the best sightings of leopards, lions and wild dogs as they start to hunt. We did see leopards and lions, but no wild dogs.

Just before sunset we stopped for "sundowners" at a scenic spot, where we enjoyed ice cold beer and soft drinks as the sun was setting. There is nothing like a sunset in Africa. This bright red ball is just unforgettable.

If you need to answer a call of nature, it´s a good idea to get the guide to check behind the bush before you use it.
You would probably not be the first person to be caught with your pants down, literally, by a snoozing leopard or buffalo.

After dark we continued our drive, with the aid of a powerful spotlight, searching for the Park´s nocturnal creatures. This resulted in great sights of elephant screwer, scrub hare, porcupine, mongoose, civit, large spotted genet, lions and leopard. The spotter flicked over eyes that he knew were impala, puku or zebra since diurnal species can be temporarily blinded by the light. There was no problem with photography since most of the nocturnal species are unconcerned by flash photography.

The Park closed at 8 pm, so we were back at Flatdogs Camp at 8:15 pm where a wonderful dinner was waiting.

Do not forget insect repellent on the night drives. The mosquitos are vicious!
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