One of the highlights of our safaris in Serengeti and Ngorongoro CA this year was the sighting of a beautiful male Leopard. The previous day there had been a sighting of a female in the woodlands around Lake Masek, so the next afternoon we returned to the area. We searched the woodlands extensively until we found a couple of Vervet Monkeys alert on a tree but silent. We stopped and scanned the area around. I could not believe my eyes when in my binoculars the yellow eyes of a Leopard appeared from inside the foliage on a nearby tree, looking straight at me, and extremely alert. As soon as he realized that he had been seen he descended rapidly and disappeared in the bushes below. We waited for a while and then decided to leave him in peace. We continued on our game drive and about half an hour later we returned to that area. I was hoping that he had returned to rest on one of the trees. And indeed we found him just across the galley, beautiful laying on another tree. The tree was really close to the track so as soon as he saw us he got up and started descending, but surprisingly, instead of bolting away, he paused half way down to look at us, stunningly beautiful. A huge male in his prime. We were very quiet so he laid at the bottom of the tree for a while before returning to the bushes.
Photo safari in Serengeti and Ndutu, Ngorongoro CA – part 05