Mobile safari game viewing is best during the dry season which is from June to December. One truly gets to experience the diverse wildlife and wonderful scenery offering an amazing contrast. Here you can see the Black Maned lions lying around the waterholes during the dry seasons waiting for an opportunity for an easy meal as antelope come down to drink.
Other predators include leopard, cheetah, black-backed jackals and bat- eared foxes to name a few. The elusive honey badger, brown hyena, striped polecat, aardwolf and cape fox can also be sighted in the beautiful desert region. The largest flying bird in the world, the Kori bustard, can be seen throughout the region as well as the African Red–eyed Bulbul, Namaqua and Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Rock Kestrel and Tawny Eagle are regular sightings.
Antelope such as the Springbok, Gemsbuck (Oryx) and Red hartebeest frequent the area. The Nxai Pans are home to the famous Baines Baobabs who exposed their beauty with the painting by Thomas Baines in 1862. The annual migration of the wildebeest and zebra in the area, similar to the great migrations in Kenya and Tanzania but on a smaller scale, takes place during the wetter seasons around February and March depending on the annual rainfall. Here the predators, such as lion, cheetah and leopard are waiting for an easy meal.
These awe inspiring desert destinations provide stunning sunsets and incredible sleeping experiences. With no ambient light the stars are pressing down on you. Sit around the campfire and listen to Lions roaring in the distance and the barking of Jackal. Mornings can sometimes be chilly but no less rewarding for being out in the deserts of this region. A mobile safari is the best way to enjoy it all.
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