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Nick Sims

Alumni Field Guide

Nick was a ranger at Londolozi from 2018 - 2022. He always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When ...

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This is one of the best pieces I’ve ever read. Leopards are undoubtedly wonderful but they are also the epitome of freedom, facing hard times and solving difficult tasks all by themselves, untamed creatures. Because of their lonely life, I find incredible every time they leave humans approaching them, as they are no source of food or have anything they need. The pictures are of incomparable beauty and poetry.

Thanks very much Francesca, I’m glad you enjoyed reading it.

What an Epic journey Nick. Thanks for your amazing blogs.

Thanks Senior! Smitty told me you’ve been reading the blogs, I’m glad you like them! Please let me know if there are any subjects you’d like me to cover. Please send my regards to Maria

Wonder storytelling Nic!!! We were with Kyle while you were with Ted. Really enjoyed meeting both of you. And we completely agree with your comment “ The knowledge of how difficult it is to find a leopard forces you to appreciate just how special these secretive creatures really are.” 17 … WOW!

Oh yes, how could I forget – we had a great breakfast at Pive Pan. I’m really pleased you agree with me and I’m sure you have enjoyed many great leopard sightings as a result!

In 2017, Bob and I tracked 19 different leopards in 14 days with ranger Nick Kleer, an amazing experience that we shared with Ted Swindon when we met him the following year. It’s great to hear he’s still ‘on the hunt!’ We hope to do the same next April!

Hi Mary Beth, it’s good to hear that you’ve also had great success in this regard. I’m sure you must be excited for next April already.

Okay, great Nick!!
That’s exactly how I want to spend my next visit to Londolozi: tracking (and finding – thanks to trackers and guides) 17 leopards in 12 days.
You have proved and shown that this is possible and I am looking forward to it.

No pressure! Hopefully, the tracking leads to the finding!

I would love to know if Hosana and Thamba were on that list! Loved the story and love meeting new leopards that may show up one day on a virtual drive or WE. I live vicariously through your videos and stories… Thank you

Hi Noele, unfortunately neither the Hosana nor the Thambe males made it onto the list. Hopefully we get them next time.

Wow Nick, 17 leopards in 12 days! Back in April I was thrilled with seeing 8 different leopards in 7 days, although we did see a few of those more than once. I thought your blog was on target – it’s not easy to track a leopard due to their elusive nature, but searching their territory can oftentimes bring the reward of a sighting. This was a lesson I took away from my trip. I will also mention that the longer one stays, the more likely you’ll find leopards. My first stay was three days-not enough to fully enjoy all of the reserve and its many inhabitants besides leopards. I now know a week is minimum! So, next year, with a “new” shoulder, I look forward to at least a week’s worth of glorious viewing – leopards, lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, trees, birds….. anything that moves or grows.

Hi Denise, spot on! A long stay does improve your chances of finding animals and clearly you appreciate all the animals which also contributes hugely to your enjoyment of this amazing place.

Hi Nick, what an exceptional blog and experience you ,your tracker and Ted had tracking these illusive leopards. Once a person starts you cannot stop until you have found the leopard you were looking for. What a privilege and experience to be able to do just that. How gratifying and satisfying you feel once you have accomplished what you came to do, tracking your favorite leopards, all 17 of them.

Thanks Valmai, you’re exactly right – it is an immensely satisfying job indeed!

Nick, What an amazing experience 12 days of tracking Leopards must have been! Your guests must have been able to check off almost all the Leopards in the region! Well done!

Thanks Mike and Terri!

Great article Nick! Any updates or sightings of the Ndzanzeni Female and her cubs recently? Also has the Piccadilly Female’s daughter relaxed any further with the game drive vehicles?

Hi Michael, we suspect that the Ndzanzeni female may have lost one of her cubs but we still need to confirm this. She was found with one of the cubs yesterday morning. The Piccadilly Young Female has relaxed a bit but still can be nervous when away from her mother.

A really nice and informative blog Nick. Leopards are truly magificent animals and amazingly adept at surviving alone. Their hunting skils need to be perfect in order to survive – they don’t have the luxury of numbers to assist like lions have. I am glad you were able to find a great number of the leopards you were searching for. Thanks for sharing – thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Thanks Leonie!

Couldnt think of anything nicer to do for 12 days ❤️ Well done for the huge effort in making Ted’s stay so memorable and for a great blog Nick !

The best way to spend 12 days!

Hi Nick, Great piece….indeed the tracking of specific leopards is not for the impatient! We tracked Hosana in Othawa for 5 full drives last July, all the while trying to get inside his head to predict his movements and motivations! In the process, we also discovered a young cub that we think could be his offspring, although we never did see the cub’s assumed mother, who is known to be a very skittish leopard. Regardless, it was an emotional moment to find Hosana and a big big reward for some hard hours of tracking and searching!

Yes indeed Lisa, the feeling you get when you finally crack the code and find the leopard you’ve been tracking is incredibly rewarding.

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