Patrick Njobvu 5th June – Kaingo:
It was around 5pm when we heard the noise of a very cross leopard, growling and screaming near the kitchen at Kaingo. We ran to have a look and in the tree directly above the kitchen and there was the leopard, but we couldn’t see what had upset her. We hid around the corner looking up at her, and then on a branch hidden around the back of the tree there was a flick of the tail – there was another leopard!
It turned out it was an amorous male, and the female wasn’t quite ready to receive him – she certainly wasn’t shy in letting him know that no meant NO!
When they saw us they both jumped down from the tree and ran out of the kitchen area ducking into the bushes behind one of the honeymoon chalets.
We jumped into the vehicle and followed them around the corner where they had climbed an ebony tree. The male came down soon after and slunk off into the bushes , but the female remained where she was secure in the knowledge she had seen off her suitor – for now.
It was an excellent sighting of the female who remained up the tree and she stayed with us for an hour and a half, just lying on a nice branch at the river’s edge.