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We had no sooner settled down at the chalet when we saw somebody rushing out of the hide….across to the campsite…and then back again with more people in tow. Something was happening there
…so yes off we went as well.
Well what was happening down there was …pandemonium !!!!!
Either a cheetah or a leopard had been sighted but it had disappeared back into the bushes and there were some very lively bodies in that hide. I decided that any cheetah/leopard with any sense in it’s head would not come back to the waterhole with all that noise on the go so Doug and I went back to the chalet. After a while BN and BEB came back as well…the leopard/cheetah had not returned…the sighting was history.
After supper it was drizzling slightly but I was not done with my day.
I decided that another trip to the hide was in order so we all ambled off to the hide.
There were not many people in the hide...it was quiet …it was very quiet.
All of a sudden somebody whispered “leopard” but although we were all very quiet the noise from cameras and light from spotlights chased the leopard back into the bushes to the right of the hide. We all sat in absolute silence ..but no leopard
Oh well …one more look through the binos…and what I saw through the binos was the start of one of our most special sightings at the hide ever.
Another long look through the bino’s ..oh yes I was sure of my facts…it was definitely a brown hyena approaching the waterhole.
Now what ??
The brown hyena took his time in getting to the waterhole and he was in no hurry to leave it either. He ambled around trying to decide where he was going to drink and when he finally decided he had a good long drink.
We then noticed the leopard appearing out of the bushes so we quickly switched off the spotlight. The leopard walked straight to the waterhole and the brown hyena did not see the leopard approaching at all. The leopard was almost at the waterhole when the hyena realised he had company…talk about a quick exit. It was hilarious. We then tried the spotlight on the leopard but mistake
…leopard took off in a flash. Brown hyena and leopard
By now the hide was filling up but we whispered to everybody that we were sure the leopard would come back if we were quiet...no spotlights….
And sure enough it did…..leopard drinking
It was now the leopard’s turn to have a long drink of water.
Again something spooked the leopard and it disappeared into the selfsame bushes to the right of the hide.
But luck was on our side and the leopard reappeared again…walked to waterhole but it did not stop to drink…it walked towards the trees and bushes to the left of the waterhole and here it sniffed around for quite a while. In and out of the bushes…but eventually it disappeared into the night ...in the direction of the road that leads north.leopard walking
A definite “ Oh my word” moment….
We eventually went back to the chalet…my thoughts that night…
“ Nossob quiet …?”
Pfft !!!!!! (
@ Mybs )
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