In Love with Leopards

Male Leopard - photographed by Dave Esetment

Probably the most elusive of Africa’s great cats, the leopard is high on the wish list for most game viewers, us included.

We enjoyed the experience of a lifetime at Londolozi Private Game Reserve, where Dave photographed the magnificent male pictured above. He used a focal length of 92mm and aperture priority at an F stop of 4.0 (resultant shutter speed being 1/320 sec, together with matrix metering and fill in flash. I’m sure you’ll agree that the result is stunning 🙂

Earlier this month we were treated to the thrill of a resident leopard in and around our campsite in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.

As we drove out of our campsite one morning, we found him lying in the road about a hundred metres away and relaxed as you please, so radioed our friends – who’d gone on a game drive earlier – to share the sighting. “Yeah right”, came the crackling reply, “and we’re with a bunch of pink elephants.”

Needless to say, they were envious as anything when we showed them the photo’s, but got to enjoy the leopard too as he hung about for a few days, leaving his paw prints all over and only inches from tents. Here’s a photograph that Dave took of him, for your pleasure:

Leopard on a road

If you’re considering an incredible African safari, then we highly recommend these two places – Londolozi for five-star treatment and Central Kalahari for a survivalist style adventure.

There are many more gems in the African bushveld, some of which we’ll share along with our wildlife photography on these pages, so please stay tuned and let us know if you have any questions or special requests, or stories of your own to contribute in the comments.

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