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Safari Predators Viewing Tips
Safari Predators Suggested Locations

Safari Predators Viewing Tips


Lioness Takes Down Prey
Lion catches Prey

For many it is a dream to see the dramatic cycle of life and death played out with a predator hunting, killing, and feeding. For most such an event is the total luck of being on safari in the right place and right time, however, with no guarantees what the wild will bring good planning can help increase your chances of seeing a successful hunt. The following considerations are good general safari planning tips if you hope to see predator action and we recommend two places where your chances are actually fairly good:

  1. Be patient and watch predators at length. Hunting opportunities take time to develop and predators are usually patient to increase their chance of success. If you find a predator that exhibits any signs of hunting behavior or looks in need of a meal spend time and see what happens. A good guide will advise on these opportunities.
  2. Off road driving. Staying in an area that allows for off road driving provides the opportunity to follow predators and access good habitat areas where action may occur rather than only seeing what occurs near the road network.
  3. Use a tracker! Some camps/lodges/operators only provide a guide who must drive, spot animals, communicate information to guests, and try and watch for tracks (spoor). In such cases active tracking is a rarity. We highly recommend using a guide/tracker system where a dedicated tracker can focus on spotting wildlife as well as watching for spoor of animals. We look for camps/lodges/safari operators who are dedicated to tracking and will follow trails of predators when they look promising. This greatly increases your chances to see a predator at all and it provides valuable employment to a staff member that can really impact the quality of your safari.
  4. Go out early, stay out late, have night drives. In most areas the bulk of predatory action will take place from the late sun of the day until the early morning. If you stay in an area that allows night drives this increases your opportunities for action and it ensures that if you see a late day hunt developing you can stay with it into the dark if needed.
  5. Go with Proven Locations. Select places to stay that are well known for their predator sightings along with the quality of their guiding.
  6. Do not dismiss the smaller creatures. Small cats, jackals, honey badgers, even a kingfisher hovering over the water can produce the same sequence of events. They may not have the same dramatic impact as seeing a cheetah run down it’s quarry but the essence is the same and can lead to fascinating observation and wonderfully interesting photos too.


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Safari Predators Suggested Locations

We have identified one year round destination where the chances of seeing predatory action is quite good, and one seasonal opportunity.

Duba Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana


Lions Hunting Cape Buffalo
Lions Hunting Cape Buffalo

Duba Plains is simply the best place to go if you want to try and watch a hunt and kill occur. This area is renowned for it’s lion and buffalo interaction, so this is big hunter and very dangerous and capable prey that often battles back resulting in an epic event. Most hunting actually takes place during the day and typically anywhere from 5 to 15 kills are witnessed on game drives each month, with many, many more hunting interactions occurring to achieve that number of successful kills. Watching enormous and courageous buffalo bulls defend the herd can be as awe inspiring as a successful kill. Duba Plains lacks a lot of the mammal diversity seen in other areas so the focus here is to find lions or the large buffalo herd and wait until they interact, thus virtually every drive centers on observing the two species and watching the action.

Ndutu Area, Southern Serengeti/Ngoronogro Conservation Area, Tanzania


Cheetah Catches Dinner
Cheetah Catches Dinner

As the great migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles concentrate in the Ndutu area for their calving season the predators are presented with a window of opportunity to exploit the greatest density of mammalian prey on the continent as wildebeest alone give birth to approximately 300,000 to 400,000 calves, supplemented with tens of thousands of new born zebras and gazelles. This area has a high concentration of cheetah who are daytime hunters, and as most predators are opportunists chances of lion and spotted hyena taking advantage of the bounty during the day is also much higher than usual. The area is vast and good guiding is essential but the sheer number of opportunities makes the likelihood of witnessing a hunt, and especially feeding activity much better than a typical safari.



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