Saturday, 28 April 2012


As the sun sinks below the horizon and the last few beams of light tear through the clouds in an attempt to light up what little bit of the savannah it can, the scenery gradually begins to transform. Within a few minutes, nothing seems like it was during daylight. 

Sunset Giraffes in Tsavo East

A beautiful tall standing acacia is now but an eerie figure in the shadows. The temperature begins to drop, herds of zebra congregate and impala sit submissively low in the tallest blades of grass, not because of the cold, but rather because the unknown and unseen sounds brings a chill of its own. This is not a place for the faint hearted. 

Midnight Buffalo at Taita hills

Late night peek in Ngutuni

The savannah at this time reveals some new secrets. A diversity of unseen wildlife come out of hiding while the sleepy diurnal predators are now alert and on the hunt. Field mice and hare who would have been easy target for the martial and tawny eagles now traverse the plains with the added sense of security the darkness offers. 

Owl hunting in Taita Tills

The big cats however, use the cover of darkness to their advantage, the eyes of a lion are six times more sensitive than ours at night, allowing them to stalk closer to unsuspecting prey like buffalo and zebra. 

Evening Leopard at Shimba Hills

Night time Lion in Lumo

With the circle of life completed, and the sun slowly makes a come back from the east, the nocturnal wildlife return to their hidden burrows and resting spots away the sun, while the ungulates alternatively, become more at ease and begin feeding on the fresh blades of grass which are now covered in morning dew.

Article and photos copyright Shazaad Kasmani

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