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Leopard Cubs Spotted

Leopard Cubs Spotted

The Leopard is probably the most desired animal to be seen when out on a game drive but yet is the most difficult animal to find. They can be incredibly elusive at times and hide very well with extremely good camouflage. Not to mention they love to keep to themselves. We left Buffalo Camp for our morning safari, which in the summer time starts at around 6 am. We were extremely lucky and came across a female Leopard with her 2 cubs shortly into our drive.

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Leopard Cubs Spotted

The Leopard is probably the most desired animal to be seen when out on a game drive but yet is the most difficult animal to find. They can be incredibly elusive at times and hide very well with extremely good camouflage. Not to mention they love to keep to themselves. We left Buffalo Camp for our morning safari, which in the summer time starts at around 6 am. We were extremely lucky and came across a female Leopard with her 2 cubs shortly into our drive.

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The Little Jackal that Could

The black-backed jackal is an opportunistic scavenger and predator. It will take food that is both abundant and easy to acquire, but it can also hunt for its own prey. On this particular day, I think the jackal thought Christmas had come early, with the huge carcass of this giraffe lying there for the taking, just for him. Or so he thought…!

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Growing Up Wild

But now we are beginning to experience a spectacular change of seasons, with temperatures already soaring into the high 30’s. The rain has teased us with a few scattered showers and babies can be seen around almost every corner!

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Family Time

We were driving past some open plains when I noticed something small out of the corner of my eye. I stopped to get out my binoculars, and sure enough, there were three little jackal puppies with just their heads peeking out of a very small termite mound.

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Battle Scars

This young bull appeared to have been in several fights already as he was covered in lacerations and scars all over his body. This is an easy way to identify him as a male, as females don’t have as many reasons to actively fight one another.

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Interesting Facts about Baby Elephants

The reason I’m pointing this out is if young elephants are feeling uncomfortable with the presence of a vehicle they can often give out a cry of distress which will alert the bigger relatives who will often rush in and try and defend the little one.

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Kapama’s One-Eyed King

They all grouped up and starting to run straight towards the Lions, trying to chase them off, because the Buffalos had a few young caves amongst the herd. The Lions suddenly bolted trying to get away from this massive herd of Buffalo right on their tales.

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A Morning of Lions

We love and appreciate the time that guests take to thank us and share their memories through stories, photos and videos. One such story was shared by Kapama Karula guest Melanie Jones.  We trust you will enjoy it as much as we did.

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Gentle Ghostly Giants

We decided to go to a dam close by. As we haven’t had much rain, the bushveld is extremely dry. The elephants seemed to have moved in the direction of one of the few dams which still holds some water. We stopped at the dam…but nothing. Had we missed them again?

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Signs of a South African Bushveld Summer

This is an exciting time of the year for us as the bush comes alive. Kapama Private Game Reserve is certainly a year-round destination, with winter offering terrific sightings of both animals and birds. However, summer brings in new and exciting aspects to a Safari.

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The Moving Branch

I had been driving on a straight road when in the distance I spotted what looked like a thick branch lying in the middle of the road. I looked around, scanning the bush and terrain for other animals that would now be moving to find water. I looked back onto the road and this “branch” had somehow moved to the other side of the road.

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Leopard Caught Feasting

Besides the Lion, the Leopard is the next biggest African cat, with an average mass of 60 to 70kg. The Leopard’s hunting technique is to either ambush or stalk its prey, in either instance it tries to get as close as possible to its target. It then makes a brief and explosive charge up to 60km/h, pouncing on the prey with a bite to the neck.

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Buffalo Camp Leopard Tracking

As I approached the area, something did not seem right. If it was an impala there would have been more in the vicinity. I once again stopped the vehicle to confirm what had in fact crossed the road.

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Sunrise Surprise

I smiled broadly hoping I did not give anything away. I casually turned to my guests and told them we had a surprise for them. I slowly made our way towards the tree. As we approached my guest suddenly realised what we had spotted in the distance earlier. Finally, the moment we had hoped for materialised.

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The Water Monitor

The 10th fact is for me, the most interesting fact of all. That is the relationship they have with termites.

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Nyala Dance

They fluff up their tails and the dorsal manes on their back, whilst arching their heads forward with horns held high. It is in this rather contorted posture that they then deliberately circle one another, slowly high stepping their bright yellow/orangey legs as they go.

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