Our Virtual Safari this week coincidentally finds itself centred around an iconic place on Londolozi, Plaque Rock. We begin with a lucky find of the Ntsevu mothers and the last remaining Birmingham offspring resting on the boulders. With the western horizon behind them, we get stunning views from beneath them as the sun breaks through some dramatic clouds casting some golden light. Unfortunately, this sighting was the last time we saw all three Birmingham cubs together in late June.
We hear over the radio that the Flat Rock Male and Piccadilly Female had been found mating near to Marhtly pools and desperately get there in the hopes that they will end up mating on the boulders for us. A minute or two before I manage to get into the sighting the leopards are chased into tree by a clan of hyenas. We sit and wait for more than two hours in the hope that they will eventually come down out of the trees and mate on the rocks beneath, only to be let down.
As I leave, Managing Director Stoff Kane-Berman, replaces me and within five minutes the leopards descend and begin to mate, ON THE BOULDERS! I then make it my mission to find the leopards over the next few days and eventually track them into the Sand River with Dan and Freddy.
Enjoy this Virtual Safari…
This female is most often encountered near the Sand River to the east of the Londolozi camps.
A dominant male leopard over the majority of the north. He originally took over the 4:4 Male's territory when he died.
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It was rather unfair, wasn’t it? But I guess that is how the bush works and I am grateful that Stoff was there to video it for me. Yes, the Piccadilly Female and the Three Rivers Female are both daughters of the Xidulu Female. The Piccadilly Young Female is now independent and we will most likely be giving her a name shortly.