Tag: Leopard

Hlambela – the one who swims

Tucked away on an inaccessible koppie (hill), a set of two little leopard cubs were born. After many weeks caring for and protecting the cubs, the Boulders female leopard brought her youngsters down the koppie and finally allowed us to catch a glimpse. After… Continue Reading “Hlambela – the one who swims”

End of year surprise

There is always something to look forward to when out on safari. The bush knows no time and the wild rhythms simply continue. After a week of on and off rains, the clouds finally broke and the sun shone through. To enjoy a sunny… Continue Reading “End of year surprise”

A leopard around Paul Kruger gate

Seeing a steady increase in your Kruger luck gets you even more excited for your next visit. The route between Phabeni gate, Skukuza and Paul Kruger gate is a trip that is becoming more familiar to me. I am fortunate to use this route… Continue Reading “A leopard around Paul Kruger gate”

A leopard around Skukuza

The final morning drive of a Kruger trip is always one that I enjoy. Slow and steady is the pace until I reach the exit gate. My family and I left Skukuza rest camp and headed southward to Malelane gate. It could not have… Continue Reading “A leopard around Skukuza”

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”

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”

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”

Relaxing with Tisela female leopard

There are some leopards that just manage to creep into your heart, no matter what it is that they do, or how it is that they act. A young female leopard, Tisela, is one of these leopards. Tisela means the patient one or the… Continue Reading “Relaxing with Tisela female leopard”

Tavangumi on the hunt

Always alert and always prepared, a phrase I would use to sum up most of my leopard encounters. I often find myself in the company of leopards, watching them casually walking down a gravel road marking their territories or see them resting in the… Continue Reading “Tavangumi on the hunt”

Little Blue Eyes

Over the past few weeks, my favourite female leopard had been spending a great deal of time around my lodge. Her visits seemed to be for a very different reason. Basile lost a litter of cubs in December. Shortly afterwards she was seen mating… Continue Reading “Little Blue Eyes”