Tracking Leopards and More

Yesterday we saw very little on our morning drive, but it was one of the most interesting. We spent almost the entire morning tracking a leopard which we never found, but it was fascinating watching the rangers and trackers from our various vehicles work together to try to find her. They followed tracks, listened to other animals for alarm sounds, used walkie-talkies to communicate with each other and walked deep into the bush, carrying their rifles, to try to spot her.

We did spot this lion sleeping near the road. We watched him for a long time and he barely looked up at us. Our ranger, Koshi, explained that he had been mating almost non-stop for about a week and he was very tired!

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In the afternoon we visited a local community. About 4,000 people live in this community and they live in very, very modest brick homes which they build themselves. They do not have running water or toilets in their homes. There is a school and the older children are bussed to the high school in a neighboring community. Many of the members of the community work at our resort.

On our evening drive we were treated to a leopard who had just made a kill and we followed her for a long way to the watering hole. We also saw a large herd of cape buffalo and four female lions feasting on a kill of a cape buffalo. Seeing the kills is pretty gruesome, but this is truly survival of the fittest.

This afternoon the safari portion of our trip came to an end. I could have stayed longer! We flew to Johannesburg, where we will continue our tour tomorrow.

About Susan Gutterman

I am an amateur photographer and occasional blogger, living in northern California. I also enjoy reading, walking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with my family and my yellow lab, Gabby.
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