I was sleeping outside the tent in Lower Sabie in the early 2000's. A Lioness came into the camp and could've easily had a "W™ enbrochette" if she really wanted to. I am sure she must have wandered past me a couple of times as I laid snoring my babbelas butt away.
She opted for all the garbage bins instead. I think I was mighty lucky that day.
A lion was shot and killed in Shingwedzi picnic area.
Okes were pulled from their cozy sleeping bags in Satara by hyaena.
Understandably unpset by the whole deal.
A dude was chomped on the head by a leopard not too long ago in Berg-n-Dal. He had a good number of stitches to get his scalp back onto his head. But he survived. As soon as he screamed the dappled one oozed away into the darkness.
Many other incidents occured in camps. Johann Oelofse had to tear a leopard from his neck in Mopani camp once.
The gate keeper @ Shingwedzi was eaten by a leopard inside his room.
Kotie (forgive me for forgetting her surname) and a small schoolboy fell victim to leapards in Skukuza staff villiage, which occupants are aware of being accessible to any wild animal and treat it with respect and caution.
Bottom line is, leopards are just too darn opportunistic. If they think they can get to you, they most probably will. Lions undergo a complete turnaround come nightfall. Hyaenas will eat anything.
Don't be stupid and listen to warnings. For instance: Don't walk alone @ night along the BnD's Matjulu dam front fence. Read the warning sign there if you don't believe me.
Try and walk with a partner(preferably a slower one then yourself) @ night. Carry a torch cause chances are better that you might stomp onto a nightadder. And for goodness sake, don't sleep walk. If I have to catch one more oke pretending to pour fuel into my car @ 3am in his sleep I will make it look like a hyaena got hold of him.
Yes, it really happened.
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