Mambiri in the Light

A Big Hello to Mambiri the Male Leopard at Umkumbe

Two unidentified leopards traversed their way onto Umkumbe territory, giving no indication of where they were headed. Like ghosts in the night and passing ships, the elusive disappeared without a trace. Both leopards were seen on different occasions and sightings were sporadic. There are often random sightings of new leopards and ones that don’t hang around…

Umkumbe Leopard Catch Up With Ranger Marius

Deep in thickets walks a majestic and proud cat with acute senses, deadly prowess and lethal killing tactics. A loner, a survivor and graceful demeanour like that of royalty; this is the much revered Panthera pardus species. This super-predator possesses so much skill that it creates quite a deadly combination. The abundance of drainage lines, high…

Umkumbe Big Cat Catch-up: Lion Cubs & Leopards

There is such a dense population of cats surrounding Umkumbe Safari Lodge, each lion pride and leopard with their distinct character and story to tell. Their stories are all knitted together, with long and dramatic histories.  The fights, the birth of cubs, the splintering of lion prides and the solitary lifestyle of leopards makes for an incredible intricate big…

Third Kill for Leopardess White Dam & Cub

White Dam is a notoriously shy leopardess roaming the traverse surrounding Umkumbe Safari Lodge. With stealth and grace she darts between shrubbery dotted along the landscape. The past week she has exhibited unusual behaviour, quite uncharacteristic of her rather coy demeanour.  You’re not going to believe this, but White Dam has been hunting out in the open together…

Leopard & Cub Captured on Camera Trap

This outstanding footage from a camera trap shows some of the intimate details of a leopard’s feeding habits, behaviour, and the bond between a mother and cub. Umkumbe Safari Lodge guide, Marius Zeilinga, placed the camera trap strategically at the location of a fresh leopard kill, and the result is truly something special… This female…