Thank you for your kind comments Tourareg, John n Poppy, Ann-Marie, Flutterby, Rookie2009 and Twigga and Cheetah2111.
Cheetah the cheetah were seen on the H1-3.
Although I saw four leopards during my 10 day stay, I did not get a decent close up shot of any of them. Three of them were far in and too far to get a decent shot and the fourth I have to admit I completely messed up. I am still kicking myself.
This is what happened.
I had gone an early afternoon drive and was travelling on the S89 (Ngotso Weir Road) at 14h00 when to my surprise a female leopard crossed the road about 20 metres in front of me. By the time I had opened the passenger window and picked up my camera she was about to disappear into a stream-bed I pressed the shutter too quickly without giving the camera time to focus. One massive blurred photo which I cannot show here. She was gone! I waited for some time hoping she would re-appear - no such luck.
I then travelled on the northern section of the Timbavati road very slowly and when it was time to get back to camp I drove on the link road, S127. Right at the end of this road about 300 metres from the tar road I saw this leopard in a tree with his warthog kill.
The leopard was far in and I have cropped this photo quite a bit or should I say quite a lot.
On one early morning drive I came across this white rhino crossing the road. Is it my imagination or
are the rhinos more skittish now? Maybe that is a good thing now.
I mentioned before I find zebra photogenic and took this photo in the afternoon sun of a youngster drinking from his mother.
One morning I was travelling on the H1-3 after having breakfast at Tshokwane when I came across a cluster of vehicles with a number of occupants leaning out of their vehicles. I couldn't see anything of note and did what I normally don't do. I asked somebody what was there. Under the log was the reply. And there was this leopard under a dead tree on the other side of the N'waswisontoso river. I'll be quite honest I would have missed him had no one else been there. As there were impala around we all waited for the hunt. After a while the leopard disappeared into the river bed and re-surfaced later but the impala spotted him and scattered.
That afternoon I drove on the S100 and after coming across a lioness with a horde of cars surrounding here. I decided to move on and at one of the last pools on the Nwanedzi river came across a herd of elephants having a drink and mud bath. A number of other animals came to drink including kudu, warthog, zebra and impala and all were harrassed by the elephants and had to steal a quick drink.
This photo shows a baby elephant giving a young kudu a run for his drink!
More trip info to follow