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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by neilo » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:09 am

Last year 15th of december cruising down from satara we came found a female and a cub with a small impala kill , literally 5 meters away in a tree on the side of the road. There were about 5 cars the whole time and everyone was chilled. It was a perfect photoshoot for 2 hours. Mom just posed and baby played with the innocence of youth. Was absolutely amazing.

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by neilo » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:11 am

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My first leopard cub in 40 years of going to the Kruger

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Re: How many leopards have you seen?

Unread post by neilo » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:57 pm

Leopard sightings like this, only once :wink:

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:37 pm

Pics of different leopard sightings before I post my best leopard sighting :wink:

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by Waterwatcher » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:07 pm

Here's our video of a leopard, our best ever sighting.



Our second best sighting was on the same trip of a leopard sprawled over a tree. We thought that he had just had a baboon breakfast and we watched him for some time as he lolled, yawned and looked around. A ranger arrived on a bicycle, parked it by a tree, quite oblivous to the leopard, who jumped down in double quick time and ran off. I haven't uploaded this yet, but will do so when I get the time. I tried and failed to put a photo up here, but not quite sure what went wrong.

Third best sighting was of a young leopard in a donga which we were slowly travelling through on the Mphongolo loop up near Babalala, and we ran out of film at that very moment.
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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by DP » Sat Oct 20, 2012 1:37 pm

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Top one is my favorite.
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Re: Best roads for Wild dog and leopard sightings

Unread post by Sky » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:13 pm

Found these around BergenDal I think around BergenDal is one of the best places to see leopard
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And this was one of many on the s100 (but then I have travelled the s100 a lot

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This was between ls and Skukuza stayed in BergenDal

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And the same morning near BergenDal
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Re: leopard eating a porcupine

Unread post by ice » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:38 pm

as promised, the prelude:

It took us quite a while to reach a good spot among all the other cars - in the end it turned out to be the ultimate spot. When we got there, the leopard was busy cleaning himself. A closer look revealed a single porcupine quilt on his right cheek - seemed like he had recently tried to catch one of these huge rodents. A few minutes later the cat got up and disappeared - or so it must have seemed for the big majority of car drivers, that's why a lot of them started their engines and left the scene. My daughter was pretty much the only one who could see that in fact the leopard had gone into one of these drainpipes underneath the road so we course stayed, hoping that it might emerge again. All of a sudden I heard bones crushing under car wheels - I honestly thought this idiot driver had caught both leopard and porcupine (btw: you can hear me swear at him - so for those sensitive motherly ears that are out there, I have learned - out there, please do not watch this clip or at least turn down the volume). In the end it was "only" the rodent he killed - however, I am extremely sure the leopard would have gotten the porcupine even without the unwanted aid, after all, he had chased the prey out onto the road.



An interesting side note: a few days later a guide at Lower Sabie told me that porcupines are a delicacy both for lions and for leopards - an allegation I was later able to confirm with a look at Smithers' "Mammals of Southern Africa": in the Kalahari remains of porcupines occur in 30% of leopard scats, in Kruger 13% of all lion kills are porcupines.
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Leopard with collar

Unread post by KTM KWAGGA » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:08 pm

Is the collar not a bit tight?

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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread post by anne-marie » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:05 pm

:hmz: first time I see a collared Leopard
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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread post by KTM KWAGGA » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:16 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Sure :D

Where did you take the pic KTM KWAGGA?


It was about 4 km from Kruger gate towards Skukuza

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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:21 pm

The same Male on the tar road 2km from Paul Kruger gate

Why the collar?

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Re: Leopard with collar

Unread post by SAF » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:13 pm

This is a huge male leopard!

Saw him on the H11 & S1 junction last year.
Seen him again in my previous trip on the S3 Sabie River Road about 2km from Kruger Gate.
He was in a territorial fight with another male leopard
This guy was too big for the other leopard
He was so big he tried to climb up a high tree, went halfway up and realized he Couldn't get up and just let go
don't think a lion will chance him :D

Will post some pics of him tomorrow
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Re: Leopard

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:31 am

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
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Re: Leopard

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:31 am

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
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