Elephant Plains: Leopard both morning and afternoon
Brendan shares the day:
This morning we rushed out to try and find the lion tracks from last night. We scoured the area but there was no sign of them. Instead we were lucky enough to find Salayexe, the female leopard. She gave birth to cubs about two weeks ago, and it was very exciting for us to see her.
We followed her for some time as she scouted the area, climbing onto different vantage points which gave us excellent chances to capture wonderful images.
Salayexe climbed a maroela tree and all our cameras clicked and clicked. Suddenly she spotted some impala close by and the alert expression on her face was quite captivating. She jumped from the tree like lightening to go after the impala, again giving us a chance for action shots.
As she disappeared into a drainage ditch we realised that it was already time to return to the Lodge.
This afternoon we visited the hyena den where the two young cubs entertained us for ages with their playful antics. The termite mounds and bushes in the area provide an ideal playground for the two as they scurried, crept, charged and chased one another and soaked up the afternoon sun.
We then came across some fresh leopard tracks which we followed until we met Tingana, the large male in the area. He was scent marking and patrolling his territory, giving us ample time to join him and take back and side lit photos of him.
He appeared to be rather hungry and showed great interest in impala. As he started to stalk the buck we turned off the spotlights and returned to the Lodge.
We look forward to seeing him again tomorrow morning, hopefully with a successful kill ...