September 15, 2011

In Search of the Elusive Leopard

Location: Chobe
Time: 8:49 AM
Temperature: 13 Celsius, 58 Fahrenheit

My alarm went off at 5:30 AM, I got dressed and we packed up the jeep for a game drive. Animal viewing is best in the early morning hours. As the sun was coming up over the horizon, we passed hyenas, cape buffaloes and kudus by the dozens. Still, I was exhausted and could hardly keep my eyes open. What woke me up, though, were the leopard prints Chocs found in the dirt. We followed them for about a mile and then they disappeared under a tree. Chocs circled the tree and sure enough, we found a leopard resting underneath. It had just eaten. We could tell by the blood around its mouth. Now, we’ve seen all of the Big 5 — lions, rhinos, elephants, cape buffalo and finally, the elusive leopard!