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Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by DirtTrail » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:11 am

Has anyone else experienced a sudden increase in Leopard sightings and is the Kruger population growing?

Over the years we have experienced one or two leopard sightings per holiday with a maximum of two in a day and three in a holiday. I entered the park on Saturday and since Sunday, I have experienced a new leopard sighting every day for six consecutive days.
1. Sun 9th Stalking impala on the S114 2km below the Biyamati weir.
2. Mon 10th Walking along the ravine 5km before Berg en dal on the S110 tar.
3. Tues 11th Climbing tree at Shitlave dam.
4. Wed 12th In tree with Impala kill on H3 on last bridge before Malelane.
5. Thurs 13th Female on H3 near S114 with cub.
6. Fri 14th Lying on rock on S114 near Renosterkoppies.

Will I see one today? :shock:

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:44 am

DirtTrail :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: what wonderful sightings. Lucky you.

I wonder what other mites think?
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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by Mischief » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:49 am

DirtTrail....HOW AWESOME! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:54 am

WOW Dirt Trail!! That is amazing.

I find that some trips I see no leopard at all and other trips I can see severa leopard - and even more than one sighting per day on some days. I think it is luck of the draw - the old saying of "right time, right place" and you were certainly right on both counts several times!!

I am off to KNP next week and hope I have at least one leopard sighting during my stay!!
Skukuza 13 October 2017
Letaba 14-17 Oct 2017
Shingwedzi 17-20 Oct 2017
Punda Maria 20-24 Oct 2017

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:46 am

I think you are just having a very lucky spell, so enjoy it while it lasts. 8)
Our Feb/Mar trip was a good Leopard one but in our recent May/June trip they did not want to be seen and we battled and so did the guides as well and we only managed 2 sightings in nearly 3 weeks!
Good luck with your trip Hippotragus. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by DirtTrail » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:47 am

Thank you all for your comments and feedback!

I didn't see a leopard yesterday but it was a very interesting trip. I had 3 lion sightings. One was on the road on the H10 with 2 females. I got my first cheetah sighting since 2012, previous one was 2007. It was at Renosterkoppies so I spent time with it until I had to leave for Nkambeni. I was driving back along the Napi road and a lone wild dog came running towards me at the Shitlave dam junction.This place is cooking! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:03 am

Fantastic day for sure! :dance:

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by DirtTrail » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:28 pm

I hope you are finding those leopard Hippotragus :thumbs_up:

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by elliefant » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:36 am

I sure did on an amazing Krazy Kruger Tuesday in June when I came across six leopards in one day, four caught on my Nikon and two others glimpses in the distance. Photos of these and other leopards I saw on 20 day trip are on my travel tale, KRUGER KRAZY. Beautiful majestic cats. Love them. In December 2016 we saw 7 different leopards.....this trip I was on my own and saw more than 10 in 20 days....well and truly krazy.
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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by DirtTrail » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:32 am

Hey Ellie

That is awesome!
Which roads were you driving?

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by ekoppen » Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:37 pm

Hi DirtTrail,

Congratulation on your many Leopard sightings, always a thrill. During our last visit in the Nov/Dec time period we had twenty four Leopard sightings in twenty seven days in the areas south of Satara. It has been our experience that Leopards seem to hold pretty close to their territories and for that reason we return to areas of sightings from the previous year. It has also been our experience that returning to a previous days' sighting can be productive. 2016 trip was unusual in that we had a pair of Toms in a short fight, five with kills and pair breeding.

We also had thirty two Cheetah sightings with a mom and her three juvenile cubs making an Impala kill.

Videos at, Ed and Gails 2016 Travel Tale
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=97560#p2465428

Good hunting to you,

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Skukuza Oct 27, 28, 29,30,31
Orpen Nov 1, 2
Letaba Nov 4, 5
Oliphants Nov 6, 7, 8
Satara Nov 9, 10, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25
Lower Sabi Nov 26, 27,28,
Crocodile Bridge Nov 29, 30
Skukusa Dec 1,2,3,4

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by DirtTrail » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:08 pm

Thanks Ed! Those are awesome sightings and videos!
I have only had 3 cheetah sightings in the Kruger in 2007,2012 and now on my recent trip. Which roads were your most productive? I saw mine on S28, Napi road and Renosterkoppies. I am staying in Satara in April so will look out for another cheetah. I've heard the H10 and Mlondozi area is good but have never seen any there.

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by ekoppen » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:50 pm

Hi DirtTrail,

Majority of Cheetah sightings Nov/Dec, 2016

All on the tar!
H1-3, near S33 and S37 intersection, south toward Tshokwane
H10, from S128 to S29

Good hunting,

Ed

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Skukuza Oct 27, 28, 29,30,31
Orpen Nov 1, 2
Letaba Nov 4, 5
Oliphants Nov 6, 7, 8
Satara Nov 9, 10, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25
Lower Sabi Nov 26, 27,28,
Crocodile Bridge Nov 29, 30
Skukusa Dec 1,2,3,4

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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by Awake » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:46 pm

Hi DirtTrail

We have found huge variance in sightings over the 30 years we have been visiting the park, although can only think of one trip when we did not see a leopard. It took us many years to find a leopard in a tree and there were all sorts of rewards on offer from my wife for the first sighting. When we did finally see one in a tree, we had two other sightings in trees on the same trip. For us, the most consistently productive road for leopard has been the H4-1 between Skukuza and Lower Sabie. Our record for this road is four separate sightings in an afternoon. We are just back from a week at Ngwenya and saw just two leopards, a male and then this beautiful female on the S1.

Always huge excitement when we spot them!!
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April: Satara, Olifants, Lower Sabie
May: Pretoriuskop, Ngwenya, Lower Sabie
June: Talamati, Letaba, Shingwedzi, Pretoriuskop
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August: Lower Sabie
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Re: Increase in Leopard sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:30 pm

Lovely sighting and indeed a stunning animal!


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