A Very Anxious Leopard …

Dawie Shares from Elephant Plains on the Tusk Sabi Sand Photo Tour:
(Photos from back of Dawie’s Camera)

It was quite a bit cooler today with drizzle and plenty of cloud cover.

Clearly the cats all were sheltering because at first we didn’t see any predators at all. We stopped to photograph a herd of elephants and just then we received a message that very fresh female leopard tracks had been located.

We headed towards the leopard but were delayed frequently as we stopped to view and photograph zebra, giraffe, impala and a handsome rhino. We spent a long time with the rhino, and by then it was too late to search for anything at all as it was time to get back to the Lodge.

This afternoon we decided to head straight to the area where the leopard was seen earlier. Again we delayed ourselves with frequent stops for other animals including elephants and rhino again.

Finally we actually did find fresh leopard tracks – the same leopard from the morning. We started to follow these and didn’t find her, but we did come across a rather nervous, skittish male leopard. He was lying on a termite mound but he got up soon after we arrived and went off into the bushes. We decided not to follow him because we did not want to put pressure on him in that clearly nervous state.

And because it was late we headed back to the Lodge, determined to try and locate that elusive leopard in the morning …