We then carried on to Skukuza and met someone who had come from Lowe Sabie. He informed us of a leopard kill about nine kms out of LS coming towards Skukuza. He had managed to see the impala carcass in the bushes but saw no sign of the leopard. Wondering what to do, we drove a short stretch in the direction of LS but then decided to turn back and head for Malelane, for we were returning home after leaving the park. We drove down leisurely and saw nice ellies along the way another rhino and these cute young hyenas:
By 5.00 pm we hit rush hour traffic and had to wait a while before being able to move at all.
As we drove down the road, I saw an honourary ranger by the name of Bruce whom we had met that morning at the lion sighting, in up ahead. He was out of his vehiccle and directing traffic which had become a necessity at this stage because there were cars parked on either side of the road and those who wanted to move in either direction had to drive between them in the middle of
the road. As we were getting closer to him, we heard from a car crawling past us...TWO LEOPARDS IN A TREE. When we came up to Bruce I asked him what had been spotted. He
replied, “The same lions from this morning.” I then asked him about the leopards I had heard of, to which he replied, “Yes, I too have heard mention being made of them but have not seen
them myself.” As he finished saying this, my gaze settled on a distant tree and lo and behold, LIT. “There it is Bruce,” I said to him. “O! I see it now,” he says and thanks me. “Look,” he says to me, “Don’t even mention the word leopard to anyone who asks you, otherwise we will never get this mess of a traffic jam sorted out.” “The second leopard,” we heard someone whispering, “had gone down the tree.” The pictures we got from our video footage are rather fuzzy as you
Not fifty metres down the road, was the kill. One male was standing next to the carcass and making his displeasure at being disturbed during his meal known to one and all by his constant roaring.
He then started eating:
A few metres further down were another two males waiting for the gates to close and all these
cars to disappear before approaching their meal.
Parked off on the side of the road was the truck on the sunset drive fro Malelane and the driver, as I recognised, was none other than John with whom we had been on our own sunset drive two years ago and which is posted on recent sightings as well. Well, what a sunset drive they must
have had once the gates had closed, Lions feeding on a giraffe kill and just up the road, a leopard in repose on a distant tree. What a way to begin!!!
Well, as for us, we can’t complain, for ours was a wonderful trip. So much for now...till our next visit to the park. Wonder when that will be?
As we reached the turnoff to Malelane this is what we saw:
On leaving Nelspruit I phoned the friend who had phoned and told us about the lions and asked him how his day had gone. He told me that after luch at Skukuza where they were staying, they drove to LS and saw the leopard busy eating the impala it had killed. On their way back, just shortly before Skukuza, they had seen another leopard walking on the road. Can you believe this, three leopards in one day. Really fortunate were they not!!!