Many eager safari travelers never see a leopard; yet, for us, it’s one of our most prized sightings.
As so often happens on a safari, we turn a corner and there, right in front of us, is an amazing sight. This time the turn brought us a stunning female leopard and her young cub, perhaps a year or so old. Wow! These regal cats were only 10-12 feet away and not the least bit bothered by our presence. They didn’t even look at us. And then we saw why. The two leopards were focused on several impala, behind some bushes about 10 feet away from them.
They crouched down to the ground to avoid being seen through the thicket separating them from their prey. They silently inched forward. They had not been spotted. As the impala grazed, the two cats continued to slowly advance.
Suddenly the cub made a dash through the thicket, anxious to bring down a baby impala (and, perhaps, show his mom how grown up he was). Alas, it was too soon. The impala, already on guard, leaped over the bush and were gone in a flash. As the cub returned to his clearly displeased mother, she gave him a mighty swat with her paw right across his face. Stalking school for leopards was over, at least for this morning.
This is one of the innumerable events in the wild that draw us back to Africa every year (for more than two decades.) Added to the attraction of the wildlife are the delightful people, the hospitable safari lodges and the beauty of the land.
As part of our Farewell Year, we’re combining the very best of Africa in 2018. We’ll begin in South Africa, spotting the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) in two superb camps situated along the unfenced edges of famed Kruger Park. You’ll certainly see leopards there along with the rest of the Big 5 and so much more: hippo, giraffe, countless impala, wildly colorful bird life … we could go on and on.
Our last goal is the famed Great Migration. For that, we’ll fly from South Africa to Kenya where we’ll stay in one of the country’s finest safari camps.
Each year more than a million wildebeest and zebra leave the nearly-consumed grasslands of the Serengeti to head north for the rich grasses found in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Needless to say, this seemingly endless procession of animals attracts a crowd of predators along the way. Before they can enjoy the grasses of the Mara, however, they must cross the Mara River, a treacherous obstacle inhabited by Africa’s largest crocodiles.
We’ll be there to take it in. It’s the very best of Africa.
We invite you to join us. Due to the small number of rooms in our safari camps, space is limited.