I`m new to the forum, its really great to be able to read peoples opinions on topics and hear about the sightings and experiences they have had.
In a weird way it kinda comforts you until you get back into the park and takes the edge off the so called "withdrawal symptoms" of not being in the park.
I was really interested in the this post about " where to find leopards".
I am regular visitor to the park and i can tell before last year August i have seen leopard 3 times in 20 years.
I believe its pretty much right time,right place, right road or right loop when it comes to leopard sightings although i have heard from many people there are particular spots you are more likely to run into them.
So the reason i mentioned "before august last year" was because my luck completely changed when it came into leopards.
I was in the Park for 5 days in August and managed to see six leopards...with an unbelievable sighting between LS and Croc Bridge.
The first one we saw was a young male about 500m from the Numbi gate. (we just manged to make the gates before the closed.
It was the first animal we saw as we got into the park, the second one was on day 2 on the H1-1 on the way out of Pretoriuskop.
Day 3 were lucky to see a young male walk across the road in front of us and settle in a tree.
Unfortunately lying in fork of the tree with its back to us.
This occurred between LS ans Nkhulu.
Then came the ultimate sighting and luck for me.
We were having drinks on the deck at LS and decided to go out for a quick drive before the gates close.
We decided to take the road down towards Croc bridge and was that and inspired decision.
About 3kms on the H4-2 on the left we came across 2 adult leopards together.
We sat and watched them play and court each other.
Eventually just before sunset the 2 decided to climb on a rock and rest.
Below is one of the 320 pics i took of this event.
I have been told by many people this is a very rare sighting to witness so i thought i would be nice to share. The last leopard we saw was from our tented deck at Tambotie.
The leopard was walking along the far side of the dry river bank and then quietly disappeared in front of our eyes
So like i said before i think it got a lot to do with luck and timing.....only regret:
Did not have a better camera however those pics will stay in my memory forever.............