Nocturnal animals are animals that are more active at night than during the day. In many cases, these animals spend most of their daylight hours sleeping. They include hippos, lions, leopards, porcupines, civet cats, white-tailed mongooses, aardvarks, and cape hares. To spot these animals, you have to experience a night game drive.

Our night game drives in Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks are conducted by experienced guides in our tailor-made 4×4 safari cruisers or land cruisers that are fitted with powerful lights for proper sightseeing at night.

Lake Manyara ecosystem

Lake Manyara is said to have 11 different systems, making it the ideal location for night game drives. The area is a melting pot for all types of animals and plants – with the lake, the rift valley cliffs, ground water forest, the Ngorongoro highlands, and the dry Tarangire system all close by. Manyara National Park has good reliable water year-round and animals here are in prime condition making wildlife viewing even better.

Lake Manyara is well known for a large number of Leopards and although it is not a common occurrence these elusive cats are spotted on a regular basis. Lion sightings are more common and where lions are mostly sleeping in day time at night they are almost always active.

Night game drive program

Your drive starts around 20:00 from where you head into the thick ground-water forest of Lake Manyara. From the forest, you head down towards the lake following the Simba River to the hippo pools. You will return back to the forest and finally be back at the park gate around 22:30. This night safari will give you an entirely different perspective of the park and wildlife.

Night Game Drive Rates

Foot on Africa night drive: $55 per person

Apart from the above price you need to pay the TANAPA night drive charge of $59 per person and a park fee of $59 per person for a day entry.