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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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This still has to be one of my own personal highlights and certainly my top Leopard sighting!
Seen on the S25. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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Elsa.....Very nice pose :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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In 31 years of visiting KNP, Sharifa and I have seen well over a hundred leopards. Every leopard sightings is very special. So what are the hot spots for leopards. In our experience these roads:

The H3 from Malelane right up to Jock Of the Bushveld Camp
The S114 from its starting point in the south right up to Renosterkoppies Dam
The S139 Biyamiti Road
The S25
The S28 and H4-2
The Maroela Loop
The H1-2 running parallel to the Maroela Loop
All the roads around Satara S100, H7, S12, S127, H1-3, H1-4
The Northern Red rocks Loop - S52
The Mahonie Loop - S99

Our record for a trip is 10 leopards but it was a 15 day trip. We have been blessed when it comes to leopard.

So which are the top three. Well I do not have any photos for what is the best leopard sighting for me.

It is December 1984 and Berg en Dal is a new camp. We entered from Numbi and on our way to B & D, on the H3 just south of the Matjulu Bridge, Miss Sharifa says stop leopards

:hmz: :big_eyes: Leopards like in more than one,

:shock: like in the blazing December Heat.

Three leopard cubs, probably about six months old, that joie de vivre age, frolicking in a tree :dance: :dance: :dance:

We spend an hour with them and were the only car and on the way to B & D told oncoming cars to look out for them.

But that one does not count, no photos, so the top three with photos

In third place is the Princess and her Prince.

Just south of the northern intersection between the S28 and H4-2 is a bridge over the Mativuhlungu River
We had seen a female leopard sitting on the rocks on 09 April 2009 but this sighting was on the 17 December 2010 when the Princess was once again sunning/cleaning herself on the rocks :dance:

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and then the Prince appeared from nowhere

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and gave us an eyeful :dance:

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while the Princess slept

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No 2 and No 1 coming soon :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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Ekoppen, Duke and Sharifa and Elsa what wonderful leopards. :thumbs_up:

Here's another one of mine.


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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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Very nice sightings mites. I remember well the two leopards we watched on the bridge oposite of Nsemani dam. It was our first visit back in septmeber 2001, on the first morning after our first night in Satara. There were two, I think a female with a grown up cub. They were jumping in and out of a tree, feeding on an male impala.
No sharp pics, but a claer memory. And highly addictive as last march we celebrated our 10th visit.
Since 2001 we had several sightings, mostly half visible or to far off for a good pic.
On two occasios we were lucky. The first was in may 2009 when we met the local leoapard at Sirheni and two days later a leopard walking on the H7 very near Satara ( our favorite main camp)

And in november 2012 our best sighting ever, a cub feeding on a baby warthog. I posted them in 2010 with the story, here are a few pics. It all happened on the H 4-2. 10 ks north of Croc Bridge, on a cloudy morning at 11.00. A very memorable day, as hours earlier we spotted lions and the cheetah brothers that were hanging around the place.

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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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Very nice indeed Daffy :dance: :clap:

and Crested Val :dance: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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Thanks ekoppen :thumbs_up:


Will post my second best leopard sighting when the page turns. In the meantime here is one that was seen on the H1-4

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On 06 August 2010 at 9.00AM at Kumana Dam on the H1-3 we came across this pair

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We had enjoyed them for about 20 minutes when the Buffs arrived

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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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In 2005 16th August, we found this big male leopard siting in the road H1-4 maybe 30kms up from Satara. He was hunting warthogs, and was playing a patience game. (must have been at it all night because it was already s 8.01am). He would walk casually from one side of the road to the other, looking into the drainage pipe below the road.



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Eventually he had enough and went for them in the drainage pipe under the road. Warthogs flying out from everywhere, and one squeeling and squeeling. He picked a fight with dad or mom, and it was touch and go who would win. The battle went on for about 8 minutes, but eventually the leopard got the warthog on its back, and killed it with a bite in the chest.

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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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This big boy was close to exhausted. The warthog also put a good lick on him, with a 3 inch gash on his head (above his right eye). The leopard also has a broken tooth, probably from before. He was completely wiped out, and stood over the kill for at least 10 minutes just recovering.

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At this stage it was chaos. Must have been 50 cars trying to get close. The leopard dragged the warthog into the bushes, but there were no trees near for a lift. It was a tough battle (leopard prob weighing 75 kilos, and the warthog pretty similar)

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Last year 15th of december cruising down from satara we came found a female and a cub with a small impala kill , literally 5 meters away in a tree on the side of the road. There were about 5 cars the whole time and everyone was chilled. It was a perfect photoshoot for 2 hours. Mom just posed and baby played with the innocence of youth. Was absolutely amazing.

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My first leopard cub in 40 years of going to the Kruger


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Heksie I couldn't see anything either, but this is what we saw last year!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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Yes, this pair was truly an amazing sight....great pics neilo....we must have been sitting there side by side.....only four more weeks till we're back :clap: :clap:

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