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Whenever we approached a stopped a vehicle during our little self-drive safari at Kruger National Park, we began to search for what the people inside might be looking at. There were a lot of false alarms (people fumbling with maps), but every now and then we were able to see an animal that we may not have spotted on our own.

On our first day in the park, we drove by two vehicles sitting at the side of the road and couldn't tell what they we looking at. We noticed one of the drivers point at a tree and immediately noticed an animal sitting in it. The viewfinder of the camera confirmed it; we had our first (and, unfortunately, only) leopard sighting.


It was amazing to see how camouflaged it was in the shade of the tree. For the rest of our time in Kruger the leopards eluded us, so we're glad to have seen at least one.


After about ten minutes, the leopard hopped out of the tree and disappeared into the long grass.

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16 comments

  1. wow. what a fun adventure you guys are on. glad you're getting so many awesome pics.

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  2. incredible! one Leopard is better than none!! great shots.

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  3. Jealous! I wish I had seen one on my trip. :(

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  4. My dream is to see leopards and cheetahs! These cats are truly, truly beautiful in my eyes!! You'r so fortunate to have spotted the Leopard!

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  5. i have always wanted to go on safari... it's definitely on my wanderlist. so glad you got see at least one leopard!

    kiwi and i have some friends getting married in south africa in jan. and i am really hoping we can make it!

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  6. wonderful and beautiful!

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  7. how amazing!!!!

    btw, SOOO JEALOUS you got to see my muse in person! you MUST tell me how it was :)

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  8. how amazing! the leopard has got to be one of the most gorgeous animals there is.

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  9. Now THAT is amazing. A beautiful, beautiful thing.

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  10. Another driver told us where to look for a leopard on my first day at Kruger. From then on I kept scanning the trees, but didn't see another. Unfortunately I didn't have enough zoom to get a very good photo. These are wonderful.

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  11. i secretly wish i could raise a baby leopard -- like i would a normal cat. they're so cute.

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