23 September 2011 by Kate Turkington

Where to spot leopards

Mpumalanga’s Sabi Sand Private Game reserve has the highest density of leopards in the world, so that’s where you go if you want to see one or take that awesome photograph.

The African leopard is one of the most successful predators in the world, stalking its prey through thick bush, and then choosing the definitive moment to make the kill.

Solitary, unless breeding or with young cubs, it’s a nocturnal animal, and you’re almost certain to see one on a spotlit game drive. However, numerous leopard sightings take place during the day too. On a recent visit to Sabi Sabi (www.sabisabi.com) we found one dozing in the midday sun on its bushbuck kill.

Londolozi (www.londolozi.com) is also famous for its leopard sightings, as is Mala Mala (www.malamala.com) another of South Africa’s finest and most famous game lodges.

If you plan to go to Kruger National Park, then check out the roads surrounding Lower Sabi camp, particularly the road to Crocodile Bridge where chances of a leopard sighting are good.

Category: Adventure

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