It happened last year on the 7th of February 2007 at Olifants. I was on my way to do a River walk and it rained early in the morning and found this Leopard lying on the No Entry road a km outside Olifants Rest Camp to dry in the sun. I wanted to go and park next to it, but luckily there was a vehicle coming and knew they would say we chased the Leopard away, so I reversed and that afternoon saw the pictures from the Maintenance Officer. Definitely my Guardian Angel watched over me.
The Leopard had TB and wanted to catch the officer inside his vehicle, luckily his window was only a little bit open and the Leopard tore the roof material open, watched him inside the vehicle and when he called for help the Leopard attacked the other vehicle as well.
Please let this be your warning. The guests unfortunately don’t adhere to the Kruger National Park’s Rules and Regulations, and still lean outside the vehicle, climbing out of the Sunroofs, climbing out the vehicle at all sorts of cat and other sightings.
We know of a few staff members in the past that’s been killed by Leopards, please don’t let it be you. I believe this kind of happenings will become more often, because the cats are busy realizing there is easy food inside these funny animals and when they become too weak to hunt they will go for the humans, like what happened on the 7th of February 2007.
It also personally happened to me where I did a Sunset Drive at Olifants on the 12th of December 2005 and a Lioness tried to jump into my 23 seater truck. Luckily she got a fright when I shouted and when I clapped my hands, but please let’s all work together and adhere to the rules and regulations. Do not climb out of vehicles, especially with the cats, because you don’t know how fast they are and next time it might be you and who will be on the wrong side to be shot…. The animal.