Once again as I have come to expect, my Kapama afternoon safari was filled with many amazing sightings. Just when I decided it was time to head back to the warmth of the lodge, I saw a blur of black and white go across the road. On closer inspection it turned out the be one of the most beautiful cats we are able to find in the bush, a male serval cat! The serval slowly made his way towards the land rover and stopped and posed for about 5 minutes which is extremely rare. Then the beautiful cat slowly turned and stalked away, in no hurry what so ever. This was truly a sighting to be remembered as well as cherished. Servals are very secretive, nocturnal cats that are rarely seen. They tend to live close to water in long grass with a vlei like area being there preferred habitat. They will normally prey on anything from game birds to rodents and even young antelope. This was a truly unforgettable experience for me and for my guests.
Story by Josh Beaton, River Lodge Ranger