A change is as good as a holiday they say. When that change is better than the holiday that most dream of you know you’ve made a great move.
I find myself in a different part of South Africa yet again. I have recently moved to Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve in the world renowned Sabi Sand Reserve. Within a month of being here I have seen absolutely incredible sightings and experienced many great things.
One experience that certainly stands out is being surrounded by leopards that are completely relaxed in your presence. I witnessed this young male steal a kill from a female leopard while she was stranded in the same tree due to hyenas waiting at the base of that tree.
Coming across some of the older and more dominant male leopards is also a truly special experience. They exude confidence and power and often allow you in their presence either by resting in front of your vehicle or simply walking alongside it.
Within my first few evening game drives I have spotted some great owl sightings too.
There is a great variety of birds around the reserve too which help to round off the overall safari experience.
With the Sabi Sand Reserve open to Kruger National Park, the elephants move around freely and they are often seen wandering through the grassy plains.
One of the treats is when the wild dog packs make their way back onto our property. These animals are highly endangered carnivores. It has been over a year since I have had the pleasure to witness these animals.
Heading out early on drive often presents itself with different views of the animals as with this male lion waking up to the rising sun.
In and around the lodge you may also find some of the smaller creatures that live in the bush.
When I get a break and feel like heading off to the more remote areas of the reserve I always seem to find myself gravitating towards this secluded spot along the Sand river.