Finding game isn’t a difficult task if you stick to the rules surrounding times to view game. As discussed earlier, the early hours of the morning provide the best opportunities. Like humans, animals don’t like being active when it’s very hot, and most like to have daylight to see what they are doing. When they sky starts lighting up, animals start becoming active and warming up – this is when you should already be in the reserve. It’s tough to get up so early in the morning, especially in winter, but it almost certainly pays off. For the photographers out there, the beautiful early morning light is an added bonus.
For those of you who can’t bear the thought of a 4am start, fear not, animals are also active in the late afternoons, once things begin to cool down. Usually, they will start heading for a water source after the heat of the day, so it’s always a good idea to find a water hole and wait it out.
Around midday, pretty much everything is seeking shade and resting, so it’s best you do the same, and refresh yourself for an afternoon drive. Cloudy and overcast days usually provide longer game viewing opportunities as everything needs to remain active to keep warm, or can remain active for longer without overheating.
Winter, by far, provides the best game viewing opportunities. The vegetation has died back and movement is spotted more easily. Animals are also active for longer periods.