While at Seba Camp, photographer Caroline Culbert witnesses the ultimate sequence of amazing leopard sightings…
We headed out from Seba Camp on our first afternoon activity. At just five minutes out we had barely had time to look at a herd of kudu when we came across two leopards ‘swopping phone numbers’…
It was a spat between a young female leopard (who had killed an impala) and her mother (the female seen most recently with a baby cub). The tussle gave us many amazing insights into leopard family interaction, confrontations and chases.
Once a leopard’s cubs are independent (and sometimes not even then), the mother will force them into the wild to fend for themselves as they become competition in her territory.
In the meantime, hyaena had taken the kill in the night and were still active around the site early the following morning, prowling excitedly around the young female who had dragged a few morsels up a tree. She simply ignored them and eventually they moved off.
Later that morning we were heading back to camp and to our surprise… the show was still on the go! Fellow guests Tania and her son Ethan caught an impressive sighting of a big male leopard (the young female’s father) slinking off the site of the kill.
Meanwhile, Seba guide Speedy and I had found the mother – calling and looking around the bush for her baby cub. Next thing Tania and Ethan spotted the little one emerging from a termite mound directly under the kill site! Mom collected her and together they crossed the floodplain leaving us behind as they disappearing onto the next tree island.
As you can imagine, this amazing sequence of events had us agog for the rest of our stay!
See more pics from this amazing safari at Seba from guide Speedy here.
Words and pictures: Caroline Culbert