One of the greatest things about going on safari is the element of surprise, something unexpected is bound to occur, nothing other than a good time (full of surprises) is expected! Guides are addicted to this element of surprise and spend many hours researching various aspects of the environment to arm themselves with the skills to detect an unusual event. Having said this, Londolozi is not a place where one can often see events in Leopard behavior that surprise the guides; these veterans have seen a most of rare events in the lifecycle of this elusive creature!
On a recent visit to Londolozi all occupants of our vehicle (including the Londolozi tracking maestro, Life), were caught completely off guard on finding three leopards mating! Leopards are solitary beasts and the only time when one is likely to see Leopards together is when one male mates with a female or a female is located with cubs. Researchers must be furious – this is not supposed to happen! Traditional belief has it that this solitary animal will do everything in its power to ensure that only its genetics are shared within its territory and yet here we were watching the “Camp Pan” male and the “Maxabene” young male mating with a very receptive “Tamboti” female! I think the lesson learnt is that in nature there are no rules and perhaps the best place to experience the excitement of a world of infinite possibilities is on game drive with a knowledgeable field team.
Written by: Simon Bellingham of Bellingham Safaris
Filmed by: Mario Haberfeld (Londolozi Guest)