Beho Beho Bushblog – Walter – 20th July

It always amazes me how timing is so important in the bush. If you walk or drive past a site two minutes before or after you can miss something crossing the road or the path.

I did a nice casual walk yesterday afternoon, took a look at the hippo pools, which are drying up now, but still have hippos in it, all clustered together trying to submerge themselves in the small pool of water that is remaining.

After sometime, we headed across the Msini River into the forest below, before heading up onto a plateau that has a distinctive Tamarind tree on it. This Tamarind resembles an umbrella, due to a browse line created by Giraffe feeding on the leaves. Eventually looping back, and hopping into the vehicle to head back home, before 19h00.

We had just come to another point where you need to cross the Msini River, but this time by vehicle, when I spotted what looked like a lioness. A quick glance with the binoculars revealed a big male leopard instead. He came waltzing across the road and then made his way to the Doum Palm forest to our right. It was seconds later when another leopard made her appearance and followed behind him, so it was actually a mating pair of leopards.

Absolutely fantastic and very nice sighting as both calmly went on their way. If we had arrived 5 minutes later, we would have missed both of them.

Which just goes to show, being at the right spot at the right time, is critical and in particular with the spotted cats.



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