Iwhereas Cheetahs are more prevalent in the Satara area and souths are more evenly distributed throughout the park ?
Cheetah are widely distributed, but not evenly. I've seen them from the Crocodile River in the south to the Luvuvhu in the north, and all sorts of places in between.
On an average trip covering most of the park, do people find leopard or cheetah sightings the rarest
Leopards about three times a week on average, cheetah far less often. There are simply far fewer of them in Kruger, which does not offer optimal habitat. The large open areas such as the Shingwedzi flats would be suitable, if it weren't for a lack of prey species. There are no gazelles in Kruger, and impalas prefer mixed habitat. Steenbokkies can feed only so many cheetahs!
I'd love to see a female with babies!
I’ve seen one with six cubs, but for the life of me I can’t recall exactly where. In the south, that’s for sure, it may have been somewhere near Mantimahle.
my reason would be is that Leopards are up in the tree during the day resting whereelse a Cheetah normally hunts during the day and is on the ground which should make Cheetahs more easier to spot.
I disagree. Cheetahs will generally hunt early morning and late afternoon, and rest during the day. Leopards may rest in trees at any time of day or night, but they also can and do rest on the ground. In conservation areas, leopards are certainly not nocturnal, they are active during the day as well. They may even hunt by day, for example when it is very hot a hungry leopard may take advantage of the fact that prey animals are dozing in the shade and less alert than they should be. By predator standards, leopards are pretty bright and they will make the most any situation and take all opportunities that present themselves. I’ve long since lost count of the number of active leopards I’ve seen in daylight, quite a few of those on bloedig warm summer afternoons.
just north of Babalala, near the entrance to the Northern Trails 4x4 route.
The southern entrance to the Northern Plains Adventure Trail, if that's what you mean, is nowhere hear Babalala. It is between Hidro and Magamba.