BY TREVOR MCCALL-PEAT & VILLIERS STEYN
This morning we headed out and decided to see what the bush had in store for us. Very soon after leaving the lodge, we bumped into Tingana on the road. He was behaving erratically again but this allowed for some great photography as he walked up and down the road. We managed to have 4-5 amazing walk-bys!
After Tingana moved into some thicker vegetation we decided to let him be and stopped for coffee before heading back to the lodge for brunch. We bid our first group of guests farewell after an amazing five days together with them.
This afternoon our second group of guests arrived and enjoyed a light lunch and briefing before heading out on drive. It was a scorching 36 degrees today. We headed north to follow up on the lions we had seen yesterday evening. Unfortunately, the lions crossed into Manyaleti so we decided to move on.
We photographed some elephants at a waterhole before we found some extremely fresh male leopard tracks. The process of tracking then began which was fascinating for our guests as we explained how we knew the tracks were fresh and how the process works.
A leopard called nearby and some impala alarm called which indicated we were right on the leopard’s tail. We soon found him, Gijima. He is named this because he is very shy and tends to run away from vehicles. True to his name, he didn’t let us get too close, however, for some guests, this was their first glimpse of a wild leopard. Fantastic.
Suddenly another leopard called nearby. We immediately followed up and were seemingly just behind him as he continuously called and moved on. We did our best to locate the leopard but were unable to find him in the darkness. We decided to call it a night and head back to the lodge for an amazing dinner. Tomorrow we plan to follow up in the area we traversed this evening.