Leop­ard cub shows its face

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The Red Rocks Loop (S52) just south of Shing­wedzi in the Kruger Park is known for leop­ard sight­ings. We were driv­ing slowly over the cause­way across the dry Shing­wedzi River bed when we saw an impala car­cass about 15 m from the road. It had bite marks around the neck and a part of the haunch had been eaten. A man in the ve­hi­cle in front of us told us that he’d seen a leop­ard with her cub in the vicin­ity. About 25 min­utes later, the leop­ard cub made its ap­pear­ance. It slowly walked to the car­cass and started to eat as if this was its last chance at a good meal. It was an amaz­ing scene. Nor­mally, when you see some­thing like this in the Kruger, there are 50 ve­hi­cles ad­vanc­ing and rev­ers­ing in the hope of get­ting a bet­ter view, and the leop­ard is 300 m away be­hind a bush or in a tree. There were only two other ve­hi­cles at this sight­ing and we all en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence for three hours. It’s the kind of thing you’d ex­pect in a place like Sabi Sand, but if you’re pa­tient and you drive slowly, the Kruger can be just as amaz­ing as a top-end, pri­vate re­serve. RIAN BOSHOFF, Mid­del­burg

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