Hyena

Hyena

There are four hyena species: spotted hyena, brown hyena, striped hyena, and aardwolf. The spotted hyena is a common and wide-spread predator that is seen in most safari areas. Unfortunately, hyenas have been unfairly vilified by many, but they are a fascinating animal and skilled hunter that live in complex social groups.

Jane Goodall, the world famous expert in studying chimpanzees, in fact, has commented that if she could choose any species to study she would select spotted hyenas because they are so unique and interesting.

Hyena Itineraries

Big Five of Southern Africa

From $7,995 per person Southern Africa is an incredibly diverse region with varying weather, landscapes, cultures, and wildlife. This itinerary covers three major highlights of Southern Africa: The Greater Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta.

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Essential Diversity: River and Desert

From $14,750 per person This safari is designed for the safari connoisseur seeking rarity, exclusivity and luxury along with the full diversity of wildlife. The itinerary includes private guiding and vehicle at both safari camps, offering the ultimate in flexibility and maximizing the opportunities to see wildlife you want to see, while maintaining supreme comfort and luxury.

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Essential Tanzania: Best of Wildlife and Ancient Culture (Origins Collection)

From $3,595 per person Our Essential Tanzania Adventure brings you the best when it comes to safari - outstanding wildlife viewing in the Serengeti; the awe of exploring a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater; an authentic deep-dive into local culture and ancient history with visits to a Maasai village and the Olduvai Gorge; and top-notch guiding with your elite, naturalist guide from The Wild Source.

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Botswana Elephant Safari

From $8,125 per person This elephant-focused safari takes you to some of the best locations in all of Africa for seeing and interacting with elephants.

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Zambia Walking and Waterways Safari

From $8,395 per person Zambian safaris are distinguished by the vintage expedition-style adventure delivered under the care of exceptional guides in remote wilderness areas teeming with wildlife.

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Kenya Luxury For Less

From $9,995 per person This safari includes some of our favorite unique Kenyan accommodations and a huge variety of activities, all for an incredible discount- over 40% off of the high season rate.

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Kenya Family “Lion King” Safari

From $9,950 per person Kenya is the original safari country and still delivers the classic game viewing experience. This family safari is inspired by Disney's 2019 remake of its classic animated film, "The Lion King."

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Wild Kenya: Big Cats and Biodiversity in the Mara

From $3,995 per person Kenya is the original safari country and still delivers the classic game viewing experience. Featuring the Masai Mara Reserve, which is quite likely the most productive wildlife viewing area in all of Africa, this is a superb location for serious game viewing and photography.

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Ultimate Predators of Botswana

From $7,650 per person This safari includes our favorite private concession areas which have proven to provide exceptional opportunities to view Botswana's iconic predator species including lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog.

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Best Places to See Hyena on Safari

Spotted hyena den
Spotted hyena den.
Spotted hyenas are the most common of the hyena species and can be seen on safari in many of the iconic safari destinations across the continent. Some of the highest densities and most interesting areas to see spotted hyena are Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Masai Mara in Kenya, and the Savute area of Chobe National Park in Botswana.

While there is less diversity of iconic safari species in the remote Liuwa Plains National Park in Zambia, it is one of the best places to observe spotted hyena. With only a small population of lions in the park, the hyenas reign supreme. Their population size and clan numbers result in higher hunting rates than regions where hyenas can more readily scavenge or steal from other predators. With the ongoing research of the Zambia Carnivore Programme in partnership with the exclusive King Lewanika Camp, it can be nearly guaranteed to observe a variety of hyena behavior from hunting to social dynamics.

Brown hyena are only found between the Kalahari and Namib Deserts. It helps to plan a visit that allows for night safaris to increase the chance of encountering this nocturnal animal while it is active.

Aardwolves are a very difficult species to encounter on safari. There are two subspecies on the African continent.  They prefer an arid climate with grasslands that allow them to avoid interaction with civilization. Unlike their hyena relatives, aardwolves are insectivores. They have been reported in Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia.

The striped hyena can be found from northeast Africa into the Middle East and Asia, and further north into Siberia.

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