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1 Leopard vs 50 Steenbokby Guest Blogger

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It was june the 5th 2012, we woke up very early as usual when you are in a safari, had a quick breakfast and we all left for the first game drive of the day. Considering the experience we had two nights before with the lions surrounding our camp, we all went after lions, and following spoors we end up finding something very special and I would say something quite difficult to see it, a male leopard hunting; definitely I have no words again to express the feeling to see such a nice scene. We got the whole thing... we saw when he jumped from a tree and start walking towards the steenboks, we could count as easy as 50 of them, all very careful and paying a lot of attention to their predator, the male leopard.
The movements were like a dance, where predator and prey were very careful and trying to do their best, one to kill and others to scape.
We stayed as much as we could till the moment when our guide decided not to bother them anymore and we left. I have no doubt that it did work for the leopard, and we were luck to see at least the preparation and strategy of his hunting skills.

It was June 5, 2012 when we woke up very early (as you usually do when you're on safari). We had a quick breakfast and then left for the first game drive of the day. Considering the experience we had two nights before with the lions surrounding our camp, we all went out in hope of spotting lions. While following animal tracks we ended up finding something very special. At first it was very difficult to see. We'd come across a male leopard in the process of hunting. I have no words to express the beautiful scene. Hunting Leopard

Above: A leopard in the process of hunting

We were fortunate enough to capture the whole thing on camera from when we first saw the leopard  jump from a tree and start walking towards the steenbok. We could easily count fifty of them, all very cautiously paying attention to their predator - the male leopard.

Leopard and 50 Steenboks

Above: The steenbok keeping their eyes on the leopard

The movements of the leopard and the steenbok were like a dance, where predator and prey were very carefully trying to do their best; one to kill and the other to escape.

Leopard and 50 Steenboks

Above: The leopard and steenbok dancing

We stayed as long as we could until our guide decided to not bother predator and prey anymore and we left. I have no doubt that the leopard succeeded. At least we were lucky enough to see the preparation and strategy of his hunting.

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