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Published: June 22nd 2017
If you look closely just to the right of the trunk, low down in the tree on some horizontal branches there is a dead impala. Very obvious with binos, you'll have to take my word for it.
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Back into Kruger for our second full day safari. Just us and Kobus this time. At 7:00am the low sun illuminated something that caught Robyn's eye, and it turned out to be a fresh impala kill dragged up into a tree. Kobus said this was a leopard kill and the leopard would be back. Shortly after a large male climbed the tree and sat beside the kill, not eating and apparently not hungry. After a while it came down again and wandered off into the bush. Bingo, we completed our Big Five sightings.
Then we encountered two rhino ambling down the sealed road toward us. A massive herd of distant buffalo that I said would number in the hundreds, but Kobus said was probably over a thousand! A lazy cheetah that eventually stood up to be photographed, lots of close encounters with elephants around the vehicle, and sundry other animals.
We returned to the leopard tree in the afternoon and the kill was still there, but half eaten. We didn't see the leopard again, but still felt the buzz from the morning sighting.
I had few expectations before coming on this impulsive trip, but I must say the safaris have been excellent
Look closely just above the impala's open stomach and you'll see the leopard's spots.
and seeing the abundance and variety of animals has been awesome. Lowies, you would be in heaven! Lying safely in bed and listening to the lions roaring through the night and especially in the early mornings, is sublime.
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