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Flat Rock 3:2 Male

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Tayla Brown

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Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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on A Surprisingly Thrilling Afternoon in the North

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William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Tayla, thank you for the story. You never know what you will see and find when you start looking, especially when the story changes as you investigate.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Another chapter in leopards adventures tale, this time a male-to-male one! The look in an experienced adult male’s eyes is always peculiar, deep and more self-confident. If you look at vultures at a certain distance they look beautiful, have nothing less than birds of prey. Especially in flight. Thank you for the tale and the pictures

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Tayla you saw a lot for one afternoon drive. I’m sure the sunset was also so beautiful to see. Just seeing one leopard and on top of everything it is the flat rock male makes all the difference. Nature surprises you every time because it is so unpredictable. You never know what you are going to see.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That sounds so special!!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great afternoon, for all of you, Tayla

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What an unusual afternoon Tayla! Amazed to hear that the ground horn bill might have taken down a hare..or do you think it had died of natural causes and they were just feasting on what remained ? Love these comical birds and their loooonng eyelashes 😊Such a shame you didn’t get to see the new comer to Londolozi ….. but indeed… what a beautiful end to your day!

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

So just another boring day at Londolozi . . . it is the wonder of your magnificent reserve that you truly don’t know what is around the next bend in the road. By all means, make a plan. Just remember that Mother Nature is in charge.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Great story Tayla! I love how things often start one way and end up another, especially at Londolozi!

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Indeed an exciting afternoon and beautiful ending in that very special golden light. Flat Rock Male is still my favourite, probably because we actually spent time with him! Thanks Tayla – may your exciting sorties continue.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Tayla, Thanks for the great post! We look forward to our next visit and sitting on top of Ximpalapala to watch the sunset again! Our favorite spot. Thanks for taking us there!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks Tayla for your story of yet another unplanned adventure in the bush. I love that you were heading to the koppie but detoured along the way as sighting after sighting materialized. The Flat Rock male is such a stunning leopard- his eyes seem to pierce through anything and/or anyone as he patrols his territory.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

A great lesson to follow your pings and be flexible. What a perfect afternoon.

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