After a pitstop and quick breakfast at Kamqua, we continued on South. About halfway between Montrose and Rooibrak, we saw one car parked. And we looked down the riverbed, and saw this lovely lady on the other side of the riverbed:
She was sniffing under the tree, and eventually found what looked like a springbok's leg - she started eating away at it.
The first car probably decided she was quite far off and not doing much - so they took off, and another car arrived. We decided to just sit and enjoy our first leopard sighting for the trip.
The leg obviously didn't have too much meat on, and soon she was done with her breakfast and she started marking the tree.
The other car wasn't even there for 5 minutes and it left. Strange, we thought. For us a leopard sighting in KTP is quite special. We wanted to sit and enjoy every moment - even if it takes a few hours! I'm sure most of you would agree...
Now we were at the sighting alone. Just us and the leopard. I so hoped she would come closer to us, to our side of the riverbed.
And just like my hopes came true with the lion the previous afternoon, this leopard started off in our direction!
She was crossing the riverbed, and heading straight for us!
I could hardly contain my excitement!
She was now coming pretty close!
Seeing as we were now the only vehicle at the sighting, we could move backwards or forwards as needed to see her perfectly.
She was heading straight towards the tree we were parked next to...
...and then proceeded to go and stand right underneath it and pose for us!
As she moved away from the tree, we followed her...
...until she was standing right next to our car. She did not seem bothered by our presence at all - and she allowed me to get some beautiful shots of her:
She then went on to smell our car's tyres, and passed behind our car to the other side of the road.
Untill she disappeared on the other side of the ridge.
Thanks to Astromatt's identification guide, we could identify her as Miera. What an absolute privilege to have met this beautiful lady!