Suzanne Gibson

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I came here for the 1st time with my husband in Feb 2010, 2nd stop on a Vic Falls-Londolozi-Cape Town trip. I'd wanted to come here for years, as my ambition was to see a leopard in the wild. We looked at the cost, thought "ouch!" then - well it is just a one-off! On our 1st game drive we saw Vomba, so mission achieved. Then the next morning we saw Camp Pan mating with Nottens! Within 24 hours of arriving we were completely smitten, and knew we not only had to come back, but come back the next year. So began a highly expensive addiction, and my trip 3 weeks ago was my 9th consecutive year and I celebrated my 100th game drive!

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Suzanne's Galleries

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Leopards Sighted

The first cub of the legendary 3:4 female, the Nottens female grew to be the oldest recorded leopard on Londolozi (18yrs)

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Nottens 5:5 Female

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Mother Leopard
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11 stories
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Parents
1 known
Litters
8 known
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The King of Londolozi in his day; an enormous male whose offspring still inhabit the reserve.

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Camp Pan 4:3 Male

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Unknown
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markings
Timeline
8 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
1 known
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known
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The Tu Tones male astounded everyone by establishing his territory within his father Camp Pan's territory.

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Tu-Tones 3:2 Male

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River Female
Identification
markings
Timeline
5 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
1 known
Offspring
known
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known
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Mashaba 3:3 Female
2008 - present

The Mashaba female is currently Londolozi’s best known leopard. Her relaxed nature means she is comfortable around the camps and vehicles.

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Mashaba 3:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
60 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
5 known
Offspring
known
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known
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The Vomba female was a leopard with an instantly recognisable rich golden coat. She spent much of her life around the Londolozi Camps.

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Vomba 3:2 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
13 stories
Territory
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Parents
1 known
Litters
9 known
Offspring
known
Siblings
known
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6
Nkoveni 2:2 Female
2012 - present

A young female that lives to the east and south of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.

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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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Sunsetbend
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Timeline
74 stories
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2 known
Litters
1 known
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known
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This female is a success story all in herself, being born as a single cub to the Dudley Riverbank female in early 2012.

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Ndzanzeni 4:3 Female

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Mother Leopard
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markings
Timeline
26 stories
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2 known
Litters
1 known
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known
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The Dudley Riverbank female was another successful cub of the 3:4 female that reached old age, eventually passing away at just over 17 years

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Dudley Riverbank 3:3 Female

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Mother Leopard
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Timeline
10 stories
Territory
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Parents
1 known
Litters
6 known
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known
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An enigmatic female not often encountered, this leopard lives to the north of the Sand River.

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Tutlwa 4:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
21 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
7 known
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known
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The daughter of Sunsetbend female, is named Xidulu which means termite mound in Shangaan.

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Xidulu 2:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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Timeline
19 stories
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Parents
1 known
Litters
1 known
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known
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known
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Born to the Tutlwa female in early-mid 2011, the Nhlanguleni female spent her formative months (and years) in and around the Sand River.

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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

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Sunsetbend
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Timeline
33 stories
Territory
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2 known
Litters
2 known
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known
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known
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The Tamboti female inhabits the south-eastern sections of Londolozi, having a large part of her territory along the Maxabene Riverbed.

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Tamboti 4:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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Timeline
56 stories
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Parents
1 known
Litters
3 known
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known
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Tatowa 3:3 Female
2012 - present

The Tatowa female was one of a litter of three females born in early 2012 to the Ximpalapala female of the north.

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Tatowa 3:3 Female

Lineage
Short Tail Female
Identification
markings
Timeline
17 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
1 known
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This male moved in from the north of the reserve in 2010, and was instantly recognisable by his unique tuft of fur at the back of his neck.

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Marthly 3:2 Male

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Unknown
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7 stories
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0 known
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1 known
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This rangy male was an enigma, arriving on Londolozi in the mid to latter parts of 2014 and staying mainly in the western areas.

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Robson's 4:4 Male

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Unknown
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10 stories
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0 known
Litters
1 known
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Inyathini 3:3 Male
2008 - present

Another leopard who originated in the Kruger National Park, he has established a large territory in the south eastern areas of Londolozi.

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Inyathini 3:3 Male

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Unknown
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25 stories
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0 known
Litters
1 known
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Anderson 4:4 Male
2008 - present

Unofficially the biggest leopard in the Sabi Sands, the Anderson male is an absolutely enormous individual in north western Londolozi.

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Anderson 4:4 Male

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Unknown
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22 stories
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2 known
Litters
1 known
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Makhotini 3:3 Male
2008 - present

The brother of the Tu-Tones male from the same litter, the Makhotini male has had a far more successful life.

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Makhotini 3:3 Male

Lineage
River Female
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Timeline
7 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
1 known
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The Gowrie male first appeared in the Sabi Sands around 2011. Judging by his size, he is estimated to have been born around 2005/6.

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Gowrie 2:2 Male

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Unknown
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8 stories
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0 known
Litters
1 known
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Flat Rock 3:2 Male
2013 - present

A leopard who took advantage of the death of the 4:4 male in 2016 to grab territory to the west of the Londolozi camps.

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Flat Rock 3:2 Male

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Unknown
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37 stories
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0 known
Litters
1 known
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Torchwood 3:3 Male
2010 - present

The Torchwood male holds territory falling mostly to the west of Londolozi and is infrequently seen.

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Torchwood 3:3 Male

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Unknown
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5 stories
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0 known
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1 known
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