On the first of our safaris to the Serengeti in late January we spent a few nights in the Central Serengeti, near Seronera. Our camp is on a small hill overlooking the plains. Differently from the south, here the plains are covered by long Red-oat Grass, similarly to the Masai Mara in the north. Predators are tricky to see at this time. Fortunately there are a number of streams with Sausage Trees and Yellow Fever Acacias alongside, which provide an excellent habitat for Leopards. We spent a lot of time with a female with two cubs, which we had already seen on our safari in 2013. I was pleased to see the cubs almost fully grown, healthy and strong, almost ready for their independence. For the time being though they seemed very happy to take advantage of their mother’s hunting skills and experience. Photogaphy was tricky due to the long distance from the subjects, the impossibility to leave the track and the long grass.
In June of 2013 I had seen another female with two tiny cubs in the Kopjes, so we went back to look for them, but we didn’t succeed to find her. We found plenty of Lions around the Kopjes though, including a coalition of four sleepy but gorgeous males and a female with three tiny cubs hidden in the crevices in the Kopjes.