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Unread post by Tilandi » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:33 pm

There was a big herd of buffalo on the road earlier the day. Couldn't place all the pics but it was actually rolling in the stuff. He walked from side to side marking the bushes.
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Unread post by Imberbe » Sun May 25, 2008 4:01 pm

A cheetah is no match for a leopard, even two will be very careful. Lots of incidents are known where leopards have killed cheetah. Leopard also regularly chase cheetah from their kill.

In a situation where there is no reason for conflict (such as prey) and there is no surprise, it would be wise not to get in to conflict, since even just an injury, could result in the eventual death of either.
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Unread post by Mgoddard » Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:45 am

Hi MikeGoss, first of all it was great meeting you and family :D and also nice to eventually see the "famous" video of the leopard with its kill. :mrgreen: ..I enjoyed watching it :D

Here is a pic of our leopard...a very young male marking his territory and not nearly as exciting as your video..taken close to Muzandzeni picnic spot in April...

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Unread post by Jo » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:35 pm

Hi there,

Here are some pics from our latest trip to Kruger over the June long weekend (13-16 June). The rest of the pics are on our trip report - Kruger - Leopard Dawn

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The above privncess we saw about 3km down the Phabeni Rd from the Skukuza side at about 07h30
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This big guy was also seen on the Phabeni Rd approx 10km along from the Skukuza side at about midday!! :shock:

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leopards - where are you?

Unread post by Jan Havenga » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:06 pm

know the feeling. with many visits to the park and very few sightings one wonders sometimes as all you hear about are people at camp talking about their leopard sightings. "but we drove past there"?! anyway , all i can say is sometimes the wait is worth it as the longer you wait the bigger the blessing will be. we were in the park in June and had 2 sightings of absolute pure bliss , with not a vehicle to spoil it. 5min with a female on our first drive , near olifants , on day 1 and nearly an hour with a nice male near ls on last day. UNBELEIVABLE! :D :) :)
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on the one pic you can see how he is "drooling"
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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:27 pm

I have had quite a few sightings of leopards through the years - and each one remains very special. I agree Justin - I also dont leave a leopard sighting until there is nothing left to be seen anymore.
Were able to take this close up photo in July08, which I also use for my avatar.
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Unread post by shangri-la » Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:43 pm

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what a fab cat i had 3 differant sites when i was in Krugar 17th September 2008 had a fab time.
it was the first time i had been to Africa

i see you have all got some great photos

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Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:50 pm

As Shangri-la has requested in the croc/hippo thread, here is the second once in a life time experience I had. Unfortunately no pics - you'll hear why soon.

We stayed in Berg en Dal.
It was the very first time my husband was in the park.
Through out our trip we saw awesome stuff.
Not that much round B&D though.
One late afternoon, we were driving on the gravel road leading from Malelane to Croc Bridge.
We saw cars gathering to a left turn, by the row of trees.
We joined them and there we saw this leopard that has just taken her Impala- supper up the tree.
WE watched her for a while but then she went to ground and although we searched for her for long after the others have left, we could not find her.
So we headed back to the Malelane-croc bridge gravel road and I asked my hubby to just turn left one more time, so that I could try and see from that side upwards in the other side of the lane of trees.
So the road makes this little down hill thingy and form nearly like a low water bridge.
We stood in this low level bridge area which had just little bit of water.
I lifted myself up as high as possible to try and see over the reeds and biesies if I could maybe spot her in the shade of the trees.
So my focus is far in, like 200m.
When suddenly my eye caught this movement 3 m from me,
And there she was, so close that I looked so deep into her eyes.
She was covered in blood from the kill and was down on all fours, like in a stalking position, but she wasn't stalking, she was drinking water from this little bits of water.
I was so close to her.
And as I slowly reached back my hand to SO to hand me the camera, he looked around me and saw him sitting like that.
SO though the leopard was on the point of jumping me( :redface: my head was out the window little bit) and he immediately just put his foot on the petrol and skied off.
Needless to say the leopard got such a fright for this spinning car that he ran back into the reeds.

I cried all the way back to camp , for two reasons: one the missed photo opportunity and mostly because of the beauty of that cat.
For days on end I remembered the look in her eyes, the blood around her mouth and that exhilarating moment when I were so close to her.
I never felt in danger, but knows that she is wild.

Needless to say, since that day I don't put my head out anymore, hardly my hand.

And that, is a moment I will never forget in my life!!! :)
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Unread post by DP » Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:00 am

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We were lucky to see these cubs with their mother near Lower Sabie,
they posed and stayed with us for almost 20 minutes.
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Unread post by ingrid60 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:39 am

New waterhole sign in KTP!! :P :P
You can't miss it!! :lol:



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Unread post by RichardJ » Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:16 pm

One of our first, SO drove over (not on!) 'something' in the road.
She stopped and reversed to see what is was........and a leopard crossed the road behind us!!
The 'something' was a feather, fluttering in the breeze.
Since then every game drive starts with "look in the mirrors, you never know what will walk out the bush behind us".

Last year traveling between BnD and Croc bridge, as an avid amateur orchid grower, we stopped to take a closer look at a Ansellia africana . A vehicle charged up to us and asked if we were watching a leopard! I replied no we were looking at a 'leopard orchid'.... "oh" he said, "there was a leopard in that tree yesterday"! :redface:


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Ansellia africana common name 'leopard orchid', indigenous to tropical and southern Africa with large variations in both plant and flower.


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video link of LITs

Thanks to our 'breaking the ice' with LITs we had a fantastic sighting as described in an earlier posting


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Re: Leopard

Unread post by Spotted Cat » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:45 pm

Taken on the S28 - 10 October 2007

early morning

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And later that day, same leopard ....

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Unread post by Gunner » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:33 pm

Upon leaving Skukuza in the early morning, just 4km on the H11 this beauty walked across the road. She ventured deeper into the bush & was chased up a tree close to the road by 2 Hyaena's! When they left she scrambled down & disappeared into the bush :P

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Unread post by jb72 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:37 pm

Just wanted to share a couple of photos from our trip to KNP over New Year. Probably my best Leopard sighting ever..... :dance:

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Unread post by Sawubona » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:36 pm

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Posted because GS had a knife against my neck...
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