Leopard in camp for Sunday lunch

Posted on February 17, 2014

It is Sunday afternoon roughly one o’clock, silence in the camp with a mellow relaxed mood all around. Then excitement starts building as we get the radio call from Jehanne that Dayone our dominant male leopard is on his way to the camp. We tried to get a glimpse of him to no avail. Then Richmond called on the radio to report that there was a leopard walking past the laundry coming to the reception area, this time we had a look and saw him by the camp entrance from where he kept on walking East towards the Boma. We followed him on foot trailing at a safe distance to see where he was going hoping he would just stay on the fire break and walk around the camp as a leopard in camp is great but not safe for unsuspecting guests walking on the pathway. Well as anyone that’s been on safari knows animals do not always do what you want them to do. And that is just what this male leopard did he stopped to listen then turned towards the camp and entered between Rooms six and seven. still keeping an eye on him and asking reception to let all the guests know to stay in the rooms. We realized that he was stalking a family of warthogs next to the main path going down to all the rooms. After waiting for about five minutes for his prey to move towards him he jumped into action and in the blink of an eye he had caught one of the year old piglets without an effort. He then immediately started dragging his “Sunday lunch” past room three out of the camp down towards the riverbed where we lost sight of him.


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