Did you see that? While some African animals are fairly easy to spot on game drives and walking safaris, others are true masters when it comes to blending in with their surrounding wilderness. Take a look at some of Africa's best-camouflaged animals with us. It makes you wonder...how many beautiful creatures have been hiding from us in plain sight?
We can't get enough of our continent's wildlife. From the Big 5 to incredible animal sightings underwater, Africa always delivers. A luxury safari never gets old because the wildlife you encounter is different every single time. Unpredictable and thrilling, let's show you the big and little wonders of Mother Nature. Here our some of Africa's top camouflaged animals.
Giant Stick Insect
Our beloved Kruger National Park is not only home to the magnificent Big 5, but it's also where you'll find the biggest stick insect in South Africa. The giant stick insect grows up to 30 centimetres long. Have a closer look at moving twigs on your next Kruger safari.
Grasshoppers blend in effortlessly with nature's colour scheme. Did you know that the males are smaller and like to get a piggyback ride from the females – how convenient! But this also keeps other competing males away from their chosen one.
Keep a close eye on the colourful coral reefs on your next snorkelling or diving holiday to Zanzibar, Mauritius or Seychelles. You might be, in fact, looking at a scorpionfish, one of the best-camouflaged animals in Africa.
Make sure to scan the surface of any watering hole and river (mouth) when in Africa. There could be a crocodile hanging out just below the surface. You often only see their eyes or long nose. However, when they sunbathe on the sand, they're not necessarily easier to spot.
Nightjars manage to match their daily outfit with their home aesthetics. This bird species prefers to live on the ground, where it can hide in plain sight.
Spotted Eagle Owl
Owls equally deserve their title as one of the best-camouflaged animals in Africa. The spotted eagle owl, for example, doesn't even have to try hard to hide in trees. Sometimes, all you see is their captivating yellow eyes.
A leopard's rosettes allow him to become one with the African bush and stalk prey. Just like house cats, they like to sleep a lot, and once they lie down in the grass, it's almost impossible to find them.
This one is a no-brainer. Chameleons are known to be able to change their colour depending on their environment. However, your guide and tracker will try to find one of these fascinating creatures on your evening or night game drive.
The gaboon viper and other snake species haven't just mastered sneaking up on their prey. They also excel in the art of camouflage. Did you know that there are over 500 different species in Africa?
They love climbing the walls of your safari lodge and hunting mosquitos. Finding a little gecko in your (holiday) home symbolises good luck.
Experience Africa's Best Camouflaged Animals on Safari
Do you want to try your luck and find some of the best-camouflaged animals in the wild? Contact our Travel Experts and start planning your personalised safari adventure today! We can't wait to welcome you to our continent so you can experience our incredible wildlife.
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