A large male leopard was located on drive this morning, making his way along a dense drainage line. When we arrived, he was sitting on top of a termite mound – which they do to get a higher vantage point when looking for prey.
He kept staring in one direction, but we could not see anything that might have suited his abilities, but what was laying in his line of sight was a crash of 4 rhino, but surely, he would not be eyeing them out for a meal…
He descended the termite mound and headed straight toward them, no detour at all. He got relatively close but was fixated on something in the distance. It then became clear that there was a lone impala ram beyond them. He did not seem phased at all by the 2-ton masses in front of him and passed by near meters from them, even when they got startled, he hardly flinched and went to crouch down on a small termite mound right beside them.
By this point, the impala was staring in his direction not knowing what the fuss was about but soon lost interest as the commotion stopped. The impala turned around and started grooming himself and this was when the leopard took the chance to edge closer, staying low to the ground. The impala walked off slowly and the leopard followed suit but never really got within striking range as the vegetation was still relatively open. Maybe something would have come of it by this afternoon as today is going to be very hot and with the impala staying in the open the leopard had no real cover.