Tag: Big 5

How to identify a leopard by its spots

Being in an area that boasts a leopard density of roughly 12 leopards per 100 square kilometres, you are bound to bump into a few individuals on a constant basis. One of the questions I get asked often is, “how do you know which… Continue Reading “How to identify a leopard by its spots”

A leopard wanders through dry winter grass

A few things stand out for me during a bushveld winter. These would be crisp mornings, pleasant sunny middays, dry grass and a unique silence that only the bushveld can provide. All these wintery characteristics were expertly utilised by one animal a few mornings… Continue Reading “A leopard wanders through dry winter grass”

Ravenscourt and Khokovela – a tale of mating leopards

There is a sound so unique, a sound that slices through the silence of the bushveld, a sound that repeats like clockwork. A sound that, unless you witness the scene unfold, will leave you perplexed yet intrigued. This sound is so distinctive, that when… Continue Reading “Ravenscourt and Khokovela – a tale of mating leopards”

Meet Euphorbia male Leopard

Whenever I cross over the renowned Sand River, I keep my eyes open for signs of one animal in particular. Fresh footprints along the northern sand banks or the distinctive territorial rasps across the Marula tree crests let me know that I am not… Continue Reading “Meet Euphorbia male Leopard”

Breakaway in the Kruger

The Kruger National Park certainly has its own unique charm. Visiting once or visiting multiple times will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. I recently took a two day breakaway into the world renowned game reserve. I entered the park through… Continue Reading “Breakaway in the Kruger”

A leopard named Ravenscourt

Some of the first images that may come to mind when one thinks of leopards are elusive, shy, and secretive characters. As much as this may be their very nature, there are some areas where leopards have become accustomed to game viewing vehicles spending… Continue Reading “A leopard named Ravenscourt”

The Tumbela male lion grows stronger

Near or far, the sound of male lions roaring is sure to get you well excited for your safari adventure. The Tumbela male lions have firmly claimed their spot in the western section of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The three brothers wasted no… Continue Reading “The Tumbela male lion grows stronger”

The Matimba male and Othawa lions hunt a buffalo

There is no doubt that lions are extremely powerful predators. Sometimes it might be hard to fathom just how strong and efficient these animals might be. I recently had an encounter of a lifetime with a resident lion pride. The Othawa lions and the… Continue Reading “The Matimba male and Othawa lions hunt a buffalo”

What are the young Othawa’s trying to get hold of now?

There is never a dull moment when a troop of baboons are nearby. This is especially true when the troop is stranded in the tree tops and a pride of lions are waiting for them at the base. This scenario started off like many… Continue Reading “What are the young Othawa’s trying to get hold of now?”

More than just a tail

There has been an animal that has eluded me for a long time now. The best that I managed to get was simply a glimpse of its tail as it scurried into the thicket. I recently spent some time in the Madikwe Game Reserve.… Continue Reading “More than just a tail”