November the Month for Leopards

Great leopard sightings for the month, left us with some magnificent photo opportunities.

November we had about 36 separate leopard sightings on Kapama. From these sighting, 6 different Leopards (without the cubs) was individually identified using spot pattern variation. These characters ranged from number and spacing of muzzle spots to the forehead and eye patterns. 

One of the Leopards that we have seen is a female with the 2 remaining cubs that is about 4 months old, most of the sightings were around Karula.  This female and her cubs provided some great photo opportunities and the cubs are completely relaxed with the game drive vehicles. Hopefully these cubs will remain in the area and stay as relaxed as they are now.

Another female with 2 cubs been seen around River Lodge and to the north of the lodge. Toward the end of the month her young male cub was not seen frequently and this may simply be due to the thick vegetation after the first rains.

A resident big tom leopard has been seen a couple of times and also one morning with one of the females with her two young cubs. We also had a couple of great sighting of two young males, one that spends his time in the North of the reserve and was also seen with one of the females, possibly mating. The other one regularly seen in the south of Kapama tends to be shyer.

Another female leopard was regularly seen in the middle of the reserve. Sightings were more challenging and photo opportunities not great at all times due to the thick vegetation and many gullies rather than any nervousness on her part.

A great way to end November and start December.

Mike Kirkman- Kapama Karula, Senior Ranger

Photos by- Andries Jamneck



6 Responses to “November the Month for Leopards”

  1. Brenton Honeyman says:

    From this report, it sounds as if the female leopard, who we saw searching for her missing second cub on the morning of 26 November, found the cub! At that time, we heard that a lion had killed one of her three cubs, the female leopard had one safely hidden and was searching for the second.

    Thanks for the report and the great photos. I’m planning to upload a short video on Youtube of the female leopard searching for her missing cub. I’ll post a comment when it’s ready.

  2. afra g says:

    wow I love these photos! and I love Kapama I love coming here its amazing :) its a pitty we didn’t see leopard too well oh well thanks divan 4 an epic time :)

  3. Mike Kirkman says:

    Hi John
    It was indeed the pair of leopard that you saw mating! The timing is about right and it definitley is the same ones you saw. The cubs were born about a kilometer from where we saw the mating take place. Thanks for following our blog. And we’ll try keep the photos up to date of the cubs as they progress.
    Seasons Greetings
    Mike and the Karula Team

  4. John Davison says:

    Mike and the Karula Team
    The Australian folks who spent some time at Camp Karula in April 2010 on my two back to back tours continue to watch/read the blogs and of course are sure some of these cubs are the ones arising from what they refer to as “our mating” watched from so close on tour two in April.
    Hope the Xmas period and the new year is kind to all the staff…keep up the good work!
    John Davison
    Wildlife Experiences
    Pinetown

  5. Liezel & Celliers says:

    Wow , amazing ervaring vir ons hier by Kapama – het alles gesien ,moet nog net die groot kat sien. Dankie aan alaml………..ons geniet dit baie !!

  6. afra says:

    aw i really wished we had seen a leopard such beautiful creatures!! thanks river lodge and especially divan for a KICK-ASS time :)

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