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…

Part 1: Ezulwini’s Favourite Leopard Makes a Kill

Chavaluthu is the blue-eyed leopard boy of the Balule and is often spotted on the Ezulwini traverse. Leopards are notoriously elusive creatures, choosing to hide in drainage lines during the day and conducting highly-specialised kills at night. Chavaluthu occasionally keeps a low profile, hiding out in the thickets and avoiding the limelight. But when he…

Portraits of Umkumbe’s Leopardess Hlarulini

The ever graceful leopardess, Hlarulini, travelled from the south of Sabi Sand reserve and was spotted patrolling the traverse around Umkumbe Safari Lodge. The first sighting of Hlarulini was of her hoisting a stolen kill into a tree for safekeeping. The fresh kill was abandoned by White Dam and Hlarulini, being an opportunistic leopard, hoisted the meaty impala into…