Tag: Leopards

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”

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”

Spending time with leopards in trees

A question I get asked on a regular basis is “how often do you see leopards in trees”. This made me reflect on all my favourite sightings of leopards in trees and the various scenarios that played out. There are various reasons why leopards… Continue Reading “Spending time with leopards in trees”

Basile moves her cubs

The New Year has started off very well in the bushveld. On 11 December 2019, our resident female leopard gave birth to two tiny cubs at the lodge. She moved them to another den soon afterwards. After a few weeks of allowing the cubs… Continue Reading “Basile moves her cubs”

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”

A cub no more

It is fascinating to watch what changes when you assign time to the bush. It is just over a year ago since Schotia female leopard had a set of cubs. Unfortunately one passed on at a young age, but the other one survived. I… Continue Reading “A cub no more”

Khokovela and her cub

Finding new leopards is always a thrill. That excitement increases even more when there’s a new cub to be seen. Khokovela has kept her little cub safe for a few months now. I have missed all the previous opportunities to see the little one.… Continue Reading “Khokovela and her cub”

Standoff

When you are in a densely populated leopard area, it is only a matter of time before they start to clash. It has been a long while since I’ve seen Hlabankunzi. She used to hold territory around Leopard Hills and has started making her… Continue Reading “Standoff”