Last night our drive started off, yet again, with another Leopard named Quarantine Male Leopard. He posed for a few photos and then moved off into some thick bush. We then heard of some lions near by in the area and decided to go spend some time with them as they lay in the open with their stomachs full from a recent giraffe kill.
While with the Lions we heard some hippos fighting in the distance, so we made our way towards them and boy did they put a show on for us. Once all the commotion was over our plan was to head in the direction they had spotted the leopards earlier, right in front of our camp.
We found Quarantine again and then another leopard a few minutes later. It was Kwatile the female we had seen in the morning and she was on a mission heading south. We followed as she walked down the road allowing for some great spotlight photography. She then rolled around in some buffalo dung to mask her scent. The mood changed all of a sudden when she spotted some impala and switched into hunting mode. We turned the lights off and under the cover of darkness we listened in anticipation as she stalked them through the long grass in front of our vehicle. A few moments of suspense and it was over, this time she missed.
On our way back to camp a massive male Leopard Mvula was spotted at the fence of our camp, we rushed to see him and proceeded to follow him for another 30 mins or so. A fantastic end to the evening.
This morning, in summary, we started in the direction we left Mvula last night. We didn’t manage to find him and instead headed for the Hyena den where we enjoyed seeing some of the pups.
We then got word of some Cheetah which we ended up spending 45mins or so with, a fantastic sight not seen very often which also provided some great low angle photo opportunities. Our drive this morning then ended with a pride of Lions who decided to come sit right next to our vehicle.
Looking forward to another great drive tonight!