Nocturnal & Spotlighting Tours


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Borneo’s Rare Mammals Tour August 26
£880 – £4135

Sichuan Mammals Tour March 22
£880 – £4135

All our nocturnal & spotlighting wildlife watching holidays, nocturnal wildlife tours and safaris all over the world are listed below:

A large proportion of the world’s wildlife (particularly) mammals are nocturnal and as most wildlife watching activities occur during the day, there are so many species which never get seen. Many of our clients ask to see animals that they find in their field guide book but never seem to see when on safari, because they are nocturnal. So Royle Safaris has made it a point of ours to include as much nighttime wildlife watching as possible throughout our range of safari holidays.

Sometimes night safaris and spotlighting is just not possible, the conditions may be too dangerous to walk around on foot at night or it may be illegal to enter national parks after dark in some places. But wherever it is possible we will head out after dinner or sometimes pre-dawn with high powered spotlights and sometimes thermal imaging scopes to look for nocturnal wildlife.

Sometimes spotlighting will be a small part of a trip, such as the occasional hour walk after dinner on a trip, but on some trips it is the main focus of the entire safari. There are some locations such as Borneo, Sichuan and Sumatra where the majority of the key species to find and see are nocturnal and on these trips we often try to become completely nocturnal ourselves. Some of these trips will include 7-8 hours of spotlighting after dinner and therefore not much is done during the day as well. But by spending that amount of time at night looking for wildlife you become part of a world of wildlife which is rarely seen by people.

Animals such as Clouded Leopards, Slow Lorises, Frogmouths, Tasmanian Devils, Tarsiers and owls are only active at night and so only by also being active at night do we stand a chance of seeing them. When out on a Night Safari or when Spotlighting for Wildlife we use high powered white light torches and spotlights and where available thermal imaging scopes and night vision goggles. All of this specialist equipment gives us the edge when it comes to seeing animals that usually live in the darkness.

So if you have always wanted to see an Aardvark or watch owls when they hunt or maybe you wanted to be one of the few people to see a Giant Pangolin or Fennec Fox then we have the Nocturnal Wildlife Watching Holiday for you.

All these tours are available on other dates (subject to availability) than the dates listed. Please contact us to arrange a tour on a date which suits you.

Nocturnal / Spotlighting Tours

Mon 04
Mon 11
Sat 23

Wildlife of the Cape and Kalahari

July 23 - August 12
Mon 25

Tibetan Plateau Wildlife Tour

July 25 - August 13
Aug 06

Japan’s Endemic Wildlife Tour

August 6 - August 22
Aug 11

Kalahari Safari Exploration

August 11 - August 24
Aug 18
Aug 19
Aug 21

Garden Route Wildlife Holiday

August 21 - September 5
Aug 24
Aug 26

Borneo’s Rare Mammals Tour

August 26 - September 9
Aug 28
Sep 04

Just Jaguars Tour (Pantanal)

September 4 - September 13
Sep 05

Ultimate Mammal Tour of Brazil

September 5 - September 29
Sep 09

Sumatra & Komodo Wildlife Adventure Tour

September 9 - September 24
Sep 09

Tawau Hills Wildlife Tour

September 9 - September 15
Sep 10
Sep 10

Pantanal Rare Wildlife Safari

September 10 - September 27
Sep 12

Borneo Wildlife Holiday

September 12 - September 27
Sep 13

Just Maned Wolf Tour

September 13 - September 25
Sep 15

Pantanal Exploration Tour

September 15 - September 30
Sep 17

Best of Sumatra Wildlife Tour

September 17 - September 29
Sep 21

Northern Pantanal Wildlife Safari

September 21 - October 1
Sep 26

Kruger Guided Safari Holiday

September 26 - October 6
Oct 01

Western Cape Safari Holiday

October 1 - October 11
Oct 05

Upper Amazon & Machu Picchu Tour

October 5 - October 18
Oct 10

Masai Mara & Amboseli Kenyan Safari

October 10 - October 19
Oct 14

Kenyan Safari; Mara to the Coast

October 14 - October 31
Oct 16

Kalahari’s Rare Mammals Safari

October 16 - October 24
Oct 20

Mara & Arabuko Sokoke Safari

October 20 - October 30
Nov 01

Eastern Australia’s Mammals Tour

November 1 - November 16
Nov 01

Rare Andean Mammal Tour

November 1 - November 11
Nov 04

Nepal Rare Mammal Tour

November 4 - November 18
Nov 05

Madagascar Wildlife Exploration Tour

November 5 - November 25
Nov 08

Madagascar Two Week Wildlife Tour

November 8 - November 20
Nov 11

Clouded Leopard Expedition (Nepal)

November 11 - November 20
Dec 05

Ethiopia’s Endemic Mammals Tour

December 5 - December 19
Jan 14

Anaconda Watching Tour (Los Llanos)

January 14, 2023 - January 22, 2023
Mar 26

Western Saharan Rare Wildlife Tour

March 26, 2023 - April 2, 2023
Apr 01

Vietnam’s Rare Primate Tour

April 1, 2023 - April 15, 2023
Jun 01

Javan Rhino Expedition

June 1, 2023 - June 10, 2023
Jun 28

Gabon Wildlife Adventure Tour

June 28, 2023 - July 7, 2023
Oct 04

Bolivian Cat Specialist Tour

October 4, 2023 - October 16, 2023

Top Animals

  • Sunda Clouded Leopard
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • Sun Bear
  • Red-eyed Treefrog
  • Aardvark
  • Hispanolian Solenodon
  • Fennec Fox
  • Blakiston’s Fish Owl
  • Commerson’s Roundleaf Bat
  • Aye-aye
  • Chinese Mountain Cat
  • Black Rhino
  • Barn Owl
  • Puma
  • Aardwolf
  • Nine-banded Armadillo
  • Buffy Fish Owl
  • Spectacled Caiman
  • African Palm Civet
  • Great Potoo
  • Reticulated Python
  • Sand Cat
  • Tasmanian Devil
  • Flat-headed Cat
  • Giant Pangolin

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