Imbilo "heart"

On the morning of the 29th December 2009, we started off on our morning safari, with the intent of making our way to the Western section of the Kapama Game Reserve!

The only animals left to see, were the Hippo and the illusive Big “L” the Leopard!

 

We were all still settling into our positions and getting comfortable while driving, when my tracker “Willies” said in a calm voice, “there’s a Leopard”, of course we all know how elusive the leopard is and I think to myself “is it really?” So I go back to where he said he saw it, and, can you believe it, there she was, IMBILO (meaning – heart), lying in a tree without a care in the world after not showing herself for a good few weeks. It was fantastic to finally see her again!

 

While taking some pictures, I failed to notice that some warthog had come out of their burrow in a termite mound, very close to where Imbilo was lying in the tree. Of course as opportunistic as the leopard is, she lives up to her name and jumps out of the tree, in an attempt to catch at least one of the warthogs, unfortunately for her, the warthogs were a little more awake than she expected and they managed to get away unharmed!

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It was an amazing sighting and we all hope to have many more just like it!

Tim

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One Response to “Imbilo "heart"”

  1. Anaïs says:

    Mother Nature’s new Year gift! It is nice to be able spin out our trip to Kapama through this blog…

    On behalf of all my family, I’d like to wish a very happy & successful 2010 year to all Kapama rangers & trackers. Selfishly, we especially thank Lizel, Jo, Harry & Magnum, who offered us some wonderful sighting for the few days of our stay.
    Thanks all for your dedication, it is a wonderful job you are doing, giving bits of dreams to annoying tourists.
    Take care
    Anaïs

    PS: to whom should I speak to become a ranger? :)

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