At 05h30 this morning our Guests were joined for early morning Coffee by one of the Hlaba Nkunzi Female Leopards cubs!!
Johannes, one of our night duty staff, was busy setting up the early morning coffee station in the upstairs dining area, when suddenly a movement in the lower lounge caught his attention.
There was something moving under the couch, but in the low light of the early morning it was difficult to fathom what it could be. Grabbing a torch, this is what he saw……………!!!!!
Like her mother before her, the Hlaba Nkunzi Female has taken to leaving her cubs in Camp while she goes off hunting, feeling it is a safe place for them to be. As a cub herself she used to roam this Lodge while her mother Makwela was hunting, she knows this place so well.
The cub just lay there watching, even as the Rangers and their Guests gathered and had their coffee, unfazed the cub watched with interest. Eventually, with a seeming air of boredom about it, the cub moved to the rock in the lower lounge and climbed out into the cold morning air, leaving behind a speechless gathering of Guests and Staff alike, thanks to Heinrich for having the foresight to snap some pictures for us.
Following this amazing encounter Heinrich and his Guests wandered across this amazing sight, wow what a morning!!
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