As everyone says it is really to do with a lot of luck, driving slowly and being in the right place at the right time to see the cats. I met a guy once you said he just drives around looking for the traffic jams
( Oh dear.
For me, I drive around on my own and am out from the time the gates open until as close as possible to closing time. I am “that driver” poodling along at about 15 kph to ensure that I don’t miss something and stopping to watch everything.
I now keep a record of every road as I drive down and of every single mammal (and a lot of birds) that I see and I am delighted to say that on every trip to the incredible Kruger Park I have had some amazing sightings.
Here are my cat sightings for my trip last November. The 16th and the 19th count as two of my best days ever in the park.
Good luck Lindsay and have a wonderful trip in January.
6 Nov NONE
7 Nov NONE
8 Nov S110 tar Viewing rating 2/5 Leopard
9 Nov S110 gravel Viewing rating 1/5 Leopard
9 Nov S4 Viewing rating 5/5 8 Lions kill site
9 Nov H11 Viewing rating 5/5 Leopard walking along road
10 Nov H11 Viewing rating 5/5 Leopard in tree
10 Nov H11 Viewing rating 5/5 Went back later, found leopard again, followed him for 30 mins
10 Nov H1-2 Viewing rating 5/5 15 Wild Dog (not a cat, but!!!)
11 Nov H12 Viewing rating 5/5 Male Lion sitting at side of road
11 Nov H1-3 Viewing rating 1/5 Leopard
12 Nov NONE
13 Nov NONE
14 Nov H1-6 Viewing rating 2/5 5 Lions
15 Nov H9 Viewing rating 5/5 1 Wild Dog chased off by 5 hyena
16 Nov S100 Viewing rating BEYOND BELIEF Mother cheetah teaching her 3 cubs to kill just 2 metres from my car!
16 Nov S100 Viewing rating 2/5 Lion
16 Nov H7 Viewing rating 5/5 More than 16 Lions. Lion kill site
17 Nov H7 Viewing rating 2/5 15 Lions at Nsemani Dam
17 Nov H7 Viewing rating 5/5 8 Lions on the road 3 kms from Orpen Gate
18 Nov NONE
19 Nov S100 Viewing rating 5/5 2 Male Lions walking along the road
19 Nov S100 Viewing rating 5/5 4 Cheetah (same place as 16th)
19 Nov H1-3 Viewing rating 3/5 3 Leopards
20 Nov H4-1 Viewing rating 2/5 Leopard hiding in bush, ambushed baboon
21 Nov H4-2 Viewing rating 1/5 Looked like a serval crossing the road but so fast
21 Nov S130 Viewing rating 5/5 2 Male Lions sitting beside the road
21 Nov H4-2 Viewing rating 3/5 8 Lions kill site
21 Nov S28 Viewing rating 2/5 Lion
21 Nov S130 Viewing rating 4/5 Leopard in tree with kill
22 Nov S25 Viewing rating 5/5 8 Lions just made a kill
22 Nov H11 Viewing rating 3/5 3 Lions