Leopard Sighting – Southern Kruger National Park – NHLAMBANYATHI HIDE
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of your first leopard sighting. Nocturnal, secretive, and with a distaste for humans, leopards are the megatick encounter in Kruger National Park. Mine was a big male snoozing on an outstretched limb of a large leadwood on the S28 road just near Nhlambanyathi Hide. Seeing a leopard in the wild was picture-perfect but seemed disinclined to move. I watched and waited. Other drivers left. Then sky behind it darkened, and the first spatters of rain hit the windscreen. The leopard sat up, clearly irritated, its ears flat. Then it picked its way along the branch and leapt down the tree. I just kept my camera shutter clicking, another great leopard sighting!
Seeing a leopard in the wild is generally difficult as it is a nocturnal animal. This means they operate during the dark hours of the night. The Kruger National Park is an exception as we have been fortunate with leopard sightings. They still mostly rest high up in trees, but these trees are often next to a road, and they are in plain view and in reach of most cameras! Why not join one of our tours for an exciting adventure!
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