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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:12 pm 
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Nice Pics those :D Im sure you saw more Leopard in a day then many people living in SA have...Congrats on a Good Trip! Loved the Buffalo/Croc/Lion thread :D

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:46 pm 
Hello, and a warm welcome to the forums, shangri-la!

Not bad for a first visit... :shock:

Where was that pair?


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As Shangri-la has requested in the croc/hippo thread, here is the second once in a life time experience I had. Unfortunately no pics - you'll hear why soon.

We stayed in Berg en Dal.
It was the very first time my husband was in the park.
Through out our trip we saw awesome stuff.
Not that much round B&D though.
One late afternoon, we were driving on the gravel road leading from Malelane to Croc Bridge.
We saw cars gathering to a left turn, by the row of trees.
We joined them and there we saw this leopard that has just taken her Impala- supper up the tree.
WE watched her for a while but then she went to ground and although we searched for her for long after the others have left, we could not find her.
So we headed back to the Malelane-croc bridge gravel road and I asked my hubby to just turn left one more time, so that I could try and see from that side upwards in the other side of the lane of trees.
So the road makes this little down hill thingy and form nearly like a low water bridge.
We stood in this low level bridge area which had just little bit of water.
I lifted myself up as high as possible to try and see over the reeds and biesies if I could maybe spot her in the shade of the trees.
So my focus is far in, like 200m.
When suddenly my eye caught this movement 3 m from me,
And there she was, so close that I looked so deep into her eyes.
She was covered in blood from the kill and was down on all fours, like in a stalking position, but she wasn't stalking, she was drinking water from this little bits of water.
I was so close to her.
And as I slowly reached back my hand to SO to hand me the camera, he looked around me and saw him sitting like that.
SO though the leopard was on the point of jumping me( :redface: my head was out the window little bit) and he immediately just put his foot on the petrol and skied off.
Needless to say the leopard got such a fright for this spinning car that he ran back into the reeds.

I cried all the way back to camp , for two reasons: one the missed photo opportunity and mostly because of the beauty of that cat.
For days on end I remembered the look in her eyes, the blood around her mouth and that exhilarating moment when I were so close to her.
I never felt in danger, but knows that she is wild.

Needless to say, since that day I don't put my head out anymore, hardly my hand.

And that, is a moment I will never forget in my life!!! :)

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Probably not a thousand words, but I definitely got the picture. :mrgreen:

Great story Yolandé and glad to hear the SO is still alive and well after that :twisted:


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Great Story Yolande :D

I'll keep a look out for the skid marks :lol:

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glad to hear the SO is still alive and well after that :twisted:

He is very lucky that he's alive - I didnt feel like speaking to him for some time! :twisted: And everytime he told somebody about "our great sighting" I would say 'yeh the one you spoilt!"

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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We were lucky to see these cubs with their mother near Lower Sabie,
they posed and stayed with us for almost 20 minutes.

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What a leopard must do to get the impala an African phyton has had for lunch and dinner....


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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annalie - :clap: WOW. :clap: ImageWhat an amazing sighting!! Where did you se this??

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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WAC wish it was one of my sightings :( I don't have the details as this was forwarded to me by my sister. All I know is that a friend has e-mailed it to her and that it was taken from an OSV.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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New waterhole sign in KTP!! :P :P
You can't miss it!! :lol:



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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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One of our first, SO drove over (not on!) 'something' in the road.
She stopped and reversed to see what is was........and a leopard crossed the road behind us!!
The 'something' was a feather, fluttering in the breeze.
Since then every game drive starts with "look in the mirrors, you never know what will walk out the bush behind us".

Last year traveling between BnD and Croc bridge, as an avid amateur orchid grower, we stopped to take a closer look at a Ansellia africana . A vehicle charged up to us and asked if we were watching a leopard! I replied no we were looking at a 'leopard orchid'.... "oh" he said, "there was a leopard in that tree yesterday"! :redface:


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Ansellia africana common name 'leopard orchid', indigenous to tropical and southern Africa with large variations in both plant and flower.


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Thanks to our 'breaking the ice' with LITs we had a fantastic sighting as described in an earlier posting


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Taken on the S28 - 10 October 2007

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And later that day, same leopard ....

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Upon leaving Skukuza in the early morning, just 4km on the H11 this beauty walked across the road. She ventured deeper into the bush & was chased up a tree close to the road by 2 Hyaena's! When they left she scrambled down & disappeared into the bush :P

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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My favourite animal to see in Kruger - and perhaps that is why I see them regularly!
Last time, though, I was parked at a small dam in Kruger, watching the general procession of late-morning watering of usual herbivores.
A couple was trying to explain a sighting of something to a car next to them; curious, I asked them to enlighten me.
It turned out that they had seen a leopard in a tree, but close to the horizon!
After 20 minutes of being explained to, I identified the branch of the distant tree that was supposed to have a leopard lying on it.
Well, no manner of jockeying my vehicle allowed me to identify anything lying on that branch, although the elderly couple that had seen it scanning all the trees at the waterhole insisted it was still there.
I have always prided myself on my ability to spot game, so I was somewhat miffed at my inability to find what an elderly couple with binoculars less strong than mine could!
Three hours of searching that branch - and other ones close by - still proved fruitless; and eventually I gave up the task (although I was told the leopard was still there).
No-one else but the elderly couple saw that leopard that day.
Perhaps I need to increase my observational powers? Any advice on how to do that?

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