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Experience the Wild Like Never Before: Top 10 Night Game Drives

Shivers sped down my spine as a hyena crept into our Jeep’s headlights in the night. Then another hyena joined, and further back, we saw a third and fourth set of eyes. We heard piercing cackles, and our safari guide Kebby Arabang, resident tour director for Abercrombie & Kent in Botswana, told us it was a hyena calling for back up in a stand-off with a lion.

We knew the lion-a lone male gorging on buffaloes near camp. We’d also seen the hyena-their den, their cubs, and their paw prints by my tent. I enjoyed dozens of game drives throughout my time in Botswana, but none left me as awestruck as this twilight expedition.

Around the world, a growing number of lodges now offer night safaris for travelers. These trips pair the animal kingdom’s after-dark excitement-up to 70 percent of species are active from dusk to dawn, after all-with a soft place to land and dine between excursions. Read more…

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