I had an awsome leopard sighting half way between Olifants and satara about a week and a half -2 weeks ago.
I was driving between camps when my friend and i stopped to watch some elephants on the side of the road.
We had noticed some Impala up ahead about 50 feet, they ran onto the road then turned back and were staring in the direction they came from... soo we decided to go see what they were looking at.
When we drove up we saw a leopard no more than 20 feet from us in the open jump on a female impala and take her down.
The impala surrounded the leopard, making this horrible gutteral spitting noise as they watched helplessly while she attacked their friend.
It was if they thought they could help her in some way? so sad... but the leopard held her there until she stopped kicking.
After a few minutes she got up and dragged her fresh kill back a bit towards the bushes where she stopped and rested ...
then we noticed the impala take off running and from right behind our car, seemingly out of nowhere.... came this big male lion!
He ran from across the road behind our car, chased the leopard up an apple blossom tree and stole her freshly caught impala.
The lion then sat at the base of the tree and ate the prize he had just stolen, as the leopard watched.
We were the only ones there to see the story completely unravel.. as we watched in awe! many people showed up after the lion came and jammed up the road for a long time... it was a bit of a mess and it made it impossible for us to even move our car, and leave the sighting... cars were all over the road packed and jammed together so tight no one could move!
It was very frustrating and sort of took away from the moment!
but after we got out of the traffic mess... all we thought about was how amazing the experience was to witness and had to reassure ourselves that we just saw what we did lol
and all about 20 feet away... wow!
It was awesome!!
I got pictures of the whole thing and will post them later!
I just got home from a month in south Africa...
I had many great experiences and a few bad but will update everyone soon!
update~ posted just a few pics on page 4!
Going on my first trip to South Africa ~KNP in Oct. 2008