Rob and Dee Overland in Africa 2014 – 10,000 miles – 4 months – 10 countries

leopard

Our camp in Botswana is on a waterhole and they have dug an underground hide next to the waterhole.  You enter a stairway about 30 meters away and walk through a tunnel to the viewing area.  I was just now sitting about 20 feet from a small herd of elephants– I was eye level with their toenails.

 

Here’s a few pics from today.

chobe leopard 2

Leopard stalking an impala

Leopard stalking an impala

 

 


After the “small world” experience of running into our friends from Boulder, Colorado at the Swaziland border (look under the> Countries>Swaziland tab to read that post), we realized we were both going to be camping in Kruger Park at the same places for a few nights and arranged to share a brai (BBQ).   The first night together was spent drinking and catching up- especially hearing about their experience at Afrikaburn— the Continent’s version of Burning Man which Dee and I had originally planned to attend but did not.

 

The next morning we set out hoping to see some big cats. Of the big five we had already seen many elephant, rhino and cape buffalo but so far lion and leopard had eluded us. We drove for nearly two hours only seeing the ubiquitous impala and one rhino.   Kruger is a busy park but most of the cars stick to the paved roads and we were now deep in the bush on a rough dirt road. When we sited another 4×4 coming towards us we stopped to compare notes on what each had seen. The driver told us he had seen nothing at all in the direction we were heading. We pulled away and had not gone 50 feet when I spotted something moving near the edge of the road—I pointed it out to Dee and we crept forward a few feet. It was a huge male leopard- a loner. We continued to watch it in silence for the next 15 minutes until my attempts to get closer eventually drove it off. It was a magnificent creature and we enjoyed having the special moment to ourselves.

Male Lion

Male Lion

 

Lone male leopard

Lone male leopard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next post I’ll write about the awesome nighttime game drive we shared with our friends from Boulder.

 

Rob

 

 


Just a quick note to say we had an awesome time in Kruger National Park.

Especially our night game drive where we saw leopards mating– 4 times in about 10 minutes —  (could make some of us feel a bit inadequate); also saw lionesses with young,  rhino, giraffe,  three huge male lions, hippos, buffalo, rhinos,  etc, etc.

Pictures to follow.

Off to Zimbabwe tomorrow so probably no internet access for several days until we get to Malawi where we will visit friends of friends from Salida.

 

Rob