One of the unusual aspects of Mara Bushtops and owning our own conservancy is being able to arrange night game drives. When the sun sets, nature shuffles its deck, revealing new players and dramas under the moonlit skies of the Masai Mara.
The lights of our 4x4s may pick out the eyes of a spring hare bounding like a kangaroo, or the loping figure of a hunter bearing down on a herd of impala. A night game drive is a wonderful opportunity to spot the best of Kenya’s wildlife – perhaps a lion, leopard or buffalo, a silver backed jackal, hyena or banded mongoose.
Masai spotters know where to look and seem able to see in the dark, aided by night torches. Our specially converted car is equipped with a heat-seeking night-vision camera, known as a ‘flir’, whose infra-red images are relayed to screens on the seatbacks ahead of you. This adds a new, unexpected dimension to game viewing – and another way in which we aim to surprise and delight our guests.
“Our ranger and Masai spotter were like family by the end of the trip. Very professional and full of knowledge. We learned so much more than we ever anticipated.”Jen, USA